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Scientific Software Engineer: Radar Systems R&D at the Met Office


Scientific Software Engineer: Radar Systems R&D at the Met Office

Salary: £26,010 to £38,325 (plus competitive benefits including Civil Service Pension and relocation up to £5,000) 

Hours of work: Full time, permanent

Location: Exeter

The Met Office is a world-leading authority in weather and climate and observations are fundamental to their service. Their network of weather radars measure the atmosphere, feeding data into high performance numerical models for their forecasting teams to use to precisely predict the weather. To collect these underpinning observations, the Met Office utilises innovative technology that improves the quality and accuracy of their radar systems which helps them to deliver the most accurate forecasts to their customers. Technology and science go hand-in-hand to drive their success.

The Met Office is looking for someone with technical skills, combined with scientific understanding, to help develop the cutting edge systems that will deliver reliable and timely weather information to their customers, which include regional water companies across the UK and the Environment Agency. 

Working with the Met Office's upgraded Dual Polarisation radars, you'll join their Radar Systems Research and Development Team to develop techniques and processes to enhance the data collected through their observing network. Rainfall information from radar is critical to real-time flood warning services in the UK, protecting life and property. By improving the reliability and resilience of their observing network, the Met Office will be able to ensure that their weather forecasts are as accurate as possible. 

Day-to-day you'll use your technical expertise and leadership skills to implement a program of continuous improvement to the Met Office's radar processing and control system - Cyclops- using your scientific knowledge to make sure the software is maintained and developed effectively, ultimately improving the timeliness, quality and accuracy of radar estimates of rainfall. 

Collaborating with your team to exploit the latest scientific advances in radar meteorology, you'll set the standard for configuration management, reviewing and testing code for Cyclops. You'll also provide informal training to your colleagues in the team and offer expert advice to those using the software. Put simply, you'll help their forecasters produce better predictions and ensure that millions of people can prepare and keep safe whatever the weather.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a world-class organisation and contribute to developing and improving the software that supports the science behind everything the Met Office does.

In order to be considered for the role, applicants need to meet the following essential criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent, with 2.2 or above, in a physical science or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of working effectively with others in different teams or organisations on collaborative code development.
  • 3Senior Scientific Software Engineer (SSSE): Able to communicate complex technical information to non-specialists (spoken and in writing).
  • Scientific Software Engineer (SSE): Able to communicate technical information to non-specialists (spoken and in writing).
  • SSSE: Able to take broadly defined concepts or questions from customers or specialists and develop them into high quality solutions or systems which meet user or customer need.
  • SSE: Able to produce a good quality plan and technical implementation of an IT or software concept.
  • A keen interest in information technology, particularly signal processing.
  • SSSE: Able to lead the full software lifecycle including the set-up of project standards and processes for configuration management, code review, release management and testing.
  • SSE: Evidence of working independently, following project standards on configuration management, code review and testing for the full software lifecycle.
  • SSSE: Able to design, write and understand complex code in Python and C++ in a Windows or Linux environment.
  • SSE: Able to design, write and understand moderately complex code in Python and C++ in a Windows or Linux environment.

Desirable skills:

  • An understanding of the principles of remote sensing and basic meteorology.
  • Experience using, or understanding of data formats and standards.
  • An interest or experience of real time hardware control or signal processing.
  • An interest or experience in microwave RF engineering.
  • Experience using VHDL to design FPGA based solutions.

What the Met Office can offer you

The Met Office will invest in your development to help you grow. A competitive pension, relocation allowance, flexible working hours and performance-related pay schemes are offered as well as 27.5 days of holiday to start with an increase to 32.5 days after five years.

Please click link below to access the application page for this post.

Date April 8, 2015

Research Assistant/Associate in Geodesy at Newcastle University


Research Assistant/Associate in Geodesy at Newcastle University

Faculty/Services: Science, Agriculture & Engineering
Department: School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences
Job Type: Research
Hours of Work: Full time

Salary: without PhD: £26,274 to £27,864; with PhD: £28,695 to £37,394                                  

Closing date: Tuesday, 5 May 2015

You will join the Geomatics team and carry out research in satellite and ground based deformation monitoring including engineering surveying and the utilisation of GPS observations for the precise determination of horizontal and vertical motions of the Earth's crust and structures on the Earth.  You will disseminate your work via leading international journal publications and conferences, and may also contribute to the engagement activities of the School.  It is also expected that you will contribute practical support to the undergraduate teaching of plane and engineering surveying.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Carry out research into the use of satellite and ground based deformation monitoring techniques including engineering surveying, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

2. Disseminate your work via leading international journal publications and conferences.

3. Provide practical support for the teaching of plane and engineering surveying at undergraduate level.

4. Contribute, as appropriate, to other research, teaching and engagement activities of the School.

Person Specification: Knowledge (inc. qualifications)


A PhD in geodesy, engineering surveying, or a closely related scientific/engineering field, or nearing completion.


  • Knowledge of engineering and/or geophysical applications of geodesy.
  • Full driving licence valid in the UK.

Person Specification: Skills (professional, technical, managerial, practical)


  • High-quality written and oral communication skills in the English language.
  • Practical skills in terrestrial land / engineering surveying including the use of GNSS.


  • Expertise in scripting under the Linux (UNIX) operating system.
  • Expertise in one or more of the GIPSY/OASIS II, Bernese, PANDA or GAMIT scientific GNSS processing software packages.
  • Experience and Achievements (paid or unpaid).


  • A proven or emerging track record of self-motivated progress in academic
  • research, including publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • A demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.


  • Experience of practical demonstrating or small group teaching at undergraduate, Masters or CPD level.
  • Experience of lecturing at undergraduate, Masters or CPD level.
  • Experience of research project supervision.



Willing and able to participate in teaching, research or fieldwork activities which may occasionally include planned work out of normal office hours.


Enthusiastic, self-motivated researcher able to develop ideas for new projects and funding streams.

For additional details about this vacancy and essential information on how to apply, please visit the Newcastle University Job Vacancies web page.

Date April 8, 2015

Data Researcher's post with Groundsure Ltd


Data Researcher

Groundsure works to help solicitors, homebuyers, businesses, consultants, surveyors and lenders make more informed property transaction decisions.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to contribute to Groundsure’s continuing new product development regime. Reporting to the Research Manager the ideal candidate must have in depth knowledge of environmental data and GIS, be aware of the current constraints (technological and legal) of current data usage, but at the same time be able to envisage realistic possibilities for development within an expanding environmental consultancy and environmental data provision business.

Key Purpose

  • Sourcing and processing of new data, including the creation of process documents
  • QA of new data
  • Manipulation of data to produce statistical reports
  • QA of new products and product improvements
  • Assist in answering data queries from external clients

Key Accountabilities

  • The delivery of accurate and reliable datasets from open sources
  • Robust QA procedures
  • Ensure that data queries are dealt with in a timely and accurate manner
  • Assisting in delivery of new product development and CPD
  • Ability to produce clear procedures to hand on to GIS department
  • Continual procedure improvement
  • Explore data visualisation possibilities within the presentation of information to clients and internally

Qualifications and Experience


  • GIS experience, preferably in Mapinfo
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and produce high quality, well defined outputs
  • Understanding of current environmental legislation and how it relates to Groundsure business
  • Understanding of future environmental legislation and how it relates to Groundsure business
  • An understanding of legal liability issues relating to the provision of Groundsure reports and data
  • Ability to talk to clients on a technical / non-technical basis


  • Knowledge of Groundsure reports, products and data
  • Knowledge of wider aspects of the environment and ability to contribute to new work areas
  • Ability to identify additional client requirements and develop solutions to meet their needs
  • Ability to assist in business development based on experience and knowledge, and client relationships

Skills and Competencies

You will need to be a person with a passion for data, big or small. GIS skills are an essential part of this role, whether obtained through formal qualifications or some years’ experience.

You will need to be able to source data from unlikely but authoritative places, and be able to justify the reasoning behind it and translate into spatial formats that can be used within Groundsure’s business

Planning and time management will be key as you will have to multi-task several projects and deadlines. 

For a full job specification, please visit the website. A CV and covering letter accepted for application.

Closing date: Monday, 27 April 2015.

Date April 7, 2015

Mammal Tracker app


Mammal Tracker app

The Mammal Tracker app is being produced as part of The Mammal Society’s Heritage Lottery Funded project Mammal Watch South East (MaWSE). Although the MaWSE project is focused on collecting records from the South East counties of Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and the Isle of Wight, the app is available nationwide (excluding Ireland as there is already a mammal app there). All records received through the app, wherever they are in the UK, will contribute to the National Mammal Atlas; a vital tool for advising mammal conservation.

Mammal Tracker is an easy and reliable method of obtaining mammal data. It is free to download from the iTunes App Store and Android Market, and for anyone to use. It obtains a lot of information automatically (such as grid reference and the date), it teaches mammal identification and makes it quick and easy to submit a record. The app allows you to submit a geo-located photo with your record, something which is strongly recommended as it helps greatly with the verification of records. In all, it provides a means of submitting quick, reliable records without the need of a computer.

The app features 39 species and also includes a "Confusion Species" gallery for species that are difficult to identify.


Date April 3, 2015

Senior Developer's post at thinkWhere


Senior Developer

thinkWhere is one of the UK’s leading Geographic Information Services (GIS) companies. Due to recent structural changes and a growth in our market, we have reached a new and exciting stage in our business and product development and have an immediate requirement for a Senior Developer to join the team in Stirling. 

The Senior Developer will join the Products team and will have a key role in delivering advanced level software development with responsibilities for the requirements, design, construction, integration, testing and maintenance of the company’s software products.  The successful person will also assist with the development of the company’s technical and product strategy and future product portfolio. 

The Senior Developer role has a key role to play in developing customer solutions using Open Source GIS, web, desktop and spatial database technologies. 

To be successful in this role we are looking for someone who has proven experience in design, development and delivery of geospatial web/software applications and proven development experience with most of the following technologies: c#, ASP.Net, JavaScript, JQuery, SQL, database development and administration.  We need someone with proven development experience with middleware and database products as well as experience in all phases of the product lifecycle and ideally a degree in GIS, information systems, computer studies or related discipline.  

Please see the thinkWhere website for the full job description and person specification.

Please apply by sending your CV (maximum of 2 pages) to hr at thinkwhere.com. Please add a covering letter of no more than one page stating why you believe you are suitable for the job and a note of your current salary.  

Closing date is 5pm on Friday, 17 April 2015 and interviews are scheduled for week commencing Monday, 27 April 2015.   

Date April 2, 2015

NASA World Wind Europa Challenge

NASA World Wind Europa Challenge

The Europa Challenge provides the opportunity for the best and brightest around the world to deliver sustainable solutions to the European and world community. Simply build a great application that uses NASA's open source virtual globe technology, World Wind, to serve the INSPIRE Directive and local, regional, national or international interests. 

Applications can be built and submitted as part of a university or professional project. Part of the final submission will be a three-minute video that describes and shows the app. 

Winners will be part of the plenary awards session at the FOSS4G Conference in Como, Italy with lodging, travel support, complimentary passes and scheduled presentations awarded to the top university teams. Plus, the top two university and professional teams will receive the crystal Europa Bull award and NASA T-shirts. The university teams will also receive a few hundred Euros.

University Project

Advance your career opportunities, build an application that serves the INSPIRE Directive and uses NASA's open source virtual globe technology, World Wind. To do this you must first establish a team of three to five students, from a single university, with any mix of undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. Graduate students may enter as a single individual (there is *no team requirement for graduate students* but teams are still encouraged). Each undergraduate team or graduate student must also have a mentor. The mentor can be a professor, an associate or assistant professor, or an official lecturer at the same university as the team. Together they decide, design and build a spatial data application that serves local, regional, national or international interests guided by the INSPIRE Directive.

Professional SME Project

Same criteria as above only there is no limit on team members or any mentor requirement. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company’s talents, while providing premier value to the European community. 

Deadline:Tuesday, 30 June 2015.

Please visit the website for more information about the ASA World Wind Europa challenge.

Date April 2, 2015

Research Assistant's (GIS) post at Northumbria University


Appointment type: Part-time, Contract (to start in May and finish by end of July 2015)

Salary and benefits: RA £12.00 to £14.99 per hour tba

Closing date: Friday, 1 May 2015

Job description

The project team in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment has created a GIS from 'rating list' (NNDR) data from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and additional data on the incidence of vacant commercial property.

A research assistant is required to help enhance, develop demonstrate the Geographic Information System (GIS) to further extend the anlaysis and application of the data. This may require the cleansing, formatting, matching and adaptation of new data sets into the correct format for GIS analysis and integration into the GIS .

Person requirements

  • Essential criteria - the ability to manage and interrogate large amounts of data in various formats, typically in MS Excel and Arc View GIS
  • The ability to prepare data sets for GIS analysis
  • Experience of utilising GIS to conduct spatial analysis
  • Interest, confidence and creativity in adapting data, often in raw and contrasting formats into useful resources for interrogation and analysis
  • Experience in working with various data base products and the confidence to spot opportunities for improvement and innovation
  • Desirable criteria - Knowledge of non-domestic rating
  • Understanding of commercial property market economics and valuation
  • Experience of other data base and data analysis products such as SPSS, SQL and Access
  • Experience of working with similar experimental data sets

Please visit the Northumbria University's Career & Employment Service's website to apply for this post.

Date April 1, 2015

ENERGIC Training School on GIS, Crowdsourced GI and Citizen Science, Malta

ENERGIC Training School on GIS, Crowdsourced GI and Citizen Science, Malta

Dates: (Monday to Friday) 8 to 12 June 2015
Location: University of Malta

The Training School focuses on various aspects of GIS, crowdsourced Geographic Information and the role of Citizen Science. The aim of the training school is to share experiences with using GIS, collecting geographic information and exploring Citizen Science. At the end of the training school participants will understand the various sources of voluntary geographic information, they will be able to harvest such information and apply some analysis techniques in various applications of voluntary geographic information. The training school will include a mix of lecture based sessions and in-the-field experiences collecting geographic data. A day-long fieldtrip to Gozo, Malta’s second island, is included in the programme, as well as hands-on experiences using hardware and software. Tutors and facilitators will provide facilities for participants to try out new ways of interacting with Geographic Information as well as support learning with lectures and tutorials. The training school is open to a wide range of participants having a basic knowledge of GI and GIS. 

The ENERGIC Training School will be hosted at the Msida Campus of the University of Malta. The University of Malta is located close to the capital city Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Participation Grants

There are 18 grants of 900 euro (for travel, hotel accommodation, registration fee and meals) which will be awarded to selected participants from the following EU countries (AT,BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IE, IL, IT, LT, LU, MK, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SK, SE, TR, UK) which are members of COST ENERGIC action.

Those interested to participate in the training school are requested to send a motivation and position letter (up to two pages) and a Curriculum Vitae ( one page) with photo to maria.attard at um.edu.mt before the deadline.

Participants will be required to submit a report following the completion of the training school. Any questions regarding the training school, participation grants and reimbursement should be forwarded to the same email.

Application deadline: Wednesday, 15 April 2015 (selection results by 27 April).

Date April 1, 2015

Post-Doc and PhD research positions in Geosciences at iCRAG

Research Job

Post-Doc and PhD research positions in Geosciences at iCRAG

The Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) will be recruiting a team of PhD students, Postdoctoral researchers and research support staff over the comings months, across the participating institutions.

This is a newly founded centre specialising in research in the fields of raw materials, marine, groundwater and hydrocarbons, together with enabling and supporting research in geophysics, geochemistry, 3D modelling and Public perception/understanding. The centre spans all of the main universities and research institutions performing geoscience in Ireland, bringing together Ireland’s leading geoscience experts to perform world class research across the broad range of applied geosciences including the following:

  • The Irish Zn-Pb Orefield and associated mineral deposits
  • Cu, Au, Li and Ta mineralisation in Ireland
  • Energy Critical Elements
  • Characterisation of aggregate sources
  • Geophysical sensing data and imaging
  • Analytical geochemistry
  • Marine acoustics
  • Marine geoscience and Ireland’s seabed
  • Marine remote sensing applications
  • Geological & climate change impacts on groundwater quantity
  • Land-use & climate change impacts on groundwater quality
  • Sediment tracking and reservoir sandstone distribution and quality
  • Basin evolution and petroleum systems - including sedimentology, structural geology and thermal modelling
  • Sedimentary reservoir modelling
  • Unconventional hydrocarbon sources
  • Development of a global subsurface training centre in Clare Basin

Date April 1, 2015

Lecturer in Geographic Data Science at the University of Liverpool


Lecturer in Geographic Data Science at the University of Liverpool

Annual Salary: £32,277 to £37,394
Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography and Planning
Location: University Campus
Ref: A-587740/WWW

Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday, 24 April 2015 17:00:00 BST

Integral to a programme of external and institutional investment within this area, you will deliver high quality research, and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Human Geography within the Department of Geography and Planning. We are looking for individuals with excellent research profiles in GISc, Applied Geocomputation and Spatial Data Analysis, and are particularly interested in those with experience of working with big data and developing open source software tools. You will become part of the Population and Spatial Analysis Research Group and should aim to build strong collaborative links with our existing team, and the wider staff in the School and University. There will be opportunities to develop your research interests and work in interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary ways with other staff within the University.  

The post is available from 1 June 2015.

Date March 31, 2015
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