Environmental Data Scientist

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Wallingford, UK 🇬🇧

Salary £28,125 – £29,636 (dependent on skills and experience)  
1-year Fixed Term – Full-Time 
Based at our Wallingford Site 
Closing date: Tuesday 24th January 2023. We will be reviewing applications on an ad hoc basis and reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we have sufficient applicants.  

We are an independent, not-for-profit research institute. Our 600 scientists, supported by our experienced professional service teams, provide the data and insights that researchers, governments and businesses need to create a productive, resilient and healthy environment.   

We want you to love what you do whilst looking after yourself, so we support you with excellent things such as:   

  • 27 days annual leave, rising to 29 days after 5 years   
  • Above standard pension contributions   
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity   
  • A flexible approach to work, enabling you to maintain a healthy work/life balance   
  • Cycle2Work  
  • 24 hour, 365-day access to support with physical, mental, social, health or financial troubles   

Plus loads more (https://www.ceh.ac.uk/employee-benefits)  

A bit about you…   

Are you an enthusiastic data scientist with an interest in using data to address environmental challenges?  We have an exciting opportunity to help manage and analyse environmental monitoring data within our Water Resources Science Area.   

You will have a passion for data science and software, and an interest in working to improve our understanding of the environment. You will have the technical skills to apply data science techniques within environmental science projects, and help with analysis and visualisation of environmental data. You will be keen to learn about new technologies and new areas of environmental science. 

We have data science at the heart of our strategy, and are constantly looking for new ways to apply cutting-edge technologies to the problems we encounter. You will join an existing team of data scientists and software developers, making use of supporting infrastructure such as research data centres, cloud-based collaborative research platforms, and environmental data APIs.  

The role will involve writing bespoke code to process data, access databases, apply quality assurance processes, and analyse resulting datasets. This work is particularly important in anticipation of our longer-term proposed Flood and Drought Research Infrastructure Project. 


You will have: 

  • A first degree in a numerate subject (geography, environmental science, physics, maths, computing all relevant) 
  • Experience of working within teams and collaboration with wider networks  
  • Experience of the use and management of environmental, or other, data 
  • Demonstrable programming skills, ideally in Python, though good experience in another language would be acceptable 
  • Good written and oral communication skills 
  • Excellent numeracy and analytical skills 

Key Responsibilities of the role:  

  • Undertake project work to help develop new software systems for managing environmental monitoring data 
  • Contribute to maintenance of existing software systems 
  • Perform validation of data from observational networks (e.g. COSMOS-UK) 
  • Help to analyse data to provide insights for scientific research questions 
  • Contribute to development, implementation and testing of machine learning methods 
  • There may be opportunities to travel overseas as well! 

Non-essential skills that would be desirable include: 

  • Knowledge of GIS systems and programming for spatial data analysis 
  • Knowledge of relational database systems and SQL 
  • Understanding of the wider context of the environmental and hydrological science area 

We hope you are eager to join us! Please send us your CV and covering letter (telling us how perfect you would be for the role) by clicking apply.  

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development