Research Software and Data Engineer Visa Sponsorship

March 14, 2023
£44.4 - £51.3 / year

Job Description


Are you a software developer with strong math skills looking to help the UK deal with the climate emergency? A research software and data engineer is needed by the UK Earth Observation Climate Information Service (EOCIS), which is run out of the University of Reading. They will assist in developing and disseminating new climate information data products based on Earth Observation data.

Information on the climate is crucial for business, research, and policy responses to climate change. In order to produce and make accessible high quality, reliable climate information based on observations of Earth’s surroundings from space, EOCIS brings together UK expertise in Earth Observation.

This position will assist in the design, creation, and implementation of an online platform for the large-scale visualization and distribution of climate information. The position will entail extensive collaboration, 14 UK universities, and numerous contacts abroad. The desire to address environmental concerns is contributing to the rise in demand for Earth observation data and expertise.

You will:

Working with partners, develop software based on sound data engineering and data science principles and integrate it with national digital infrastructure developments. – Assist in designing and constructing EOCIS data access capability.
Deploy and manage the EOCIS access platform. Document maintenance and management procedures. Communicate with and gather feedback from EOCIS users.

You’ll have:

  • A degree in a numerate field or comparable expertise in software development
  • Strong aptitude for and familiarity with Python 3 programming (with numpy, xarray, or similar)
  • Proven track record in creating data products or data visualizations
  • Writing software tests experience and a solid understanding of software engineering principles
    Excellent problem-solving and communication abilities, as well as familiarity with the Linux operating system

Those with knowledge of or an interest in Earth observation and climate science will be well-suited for this position.
The position holder will be a part of an established team of scientists and a software professional who conduct a variety of research in using thermal remote sensing to address the issues posed by climate change inside the renowned Department of Meteorology of the University of Reading.

Date of interview: April 27

Details of informal contact

Role to contact: EOCIS Project Lead

Role to contact: Data Access Lead EOCIS

Contact name : Chris Merchant, professor

Contact name : Doctor Niall McCarroll

Callers should dial +44 118 378 7335.

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All applications—including those from job seekers who need sponsorship to work in the UK—will be taken into consideration. Sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route may be feasible based on the applicable SOC code for this role. Candidates should confirm that they can obtain the necessary number of points under the PBS. The UK Visas and Immigration Website has additional details about this.

The University is dedicated to creating an open and diverse workforce, endorses the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality and the Racial Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the foremost LGBT+ rights organization. Applicants for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be assessed in line with business needs.