Data Scientist

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Lancaster, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Brief Description

Salary: £28,000 – £30,000
Grade: 6
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 8th July 2018
Interview Date: 23rd July 2018

This is an exciting opportunity to work with researchers in CEH  in collaboration with the Lancaster Data Science Institute to investigate new technologies and provide solutions across a number of data driven research challenges such as the EPSRC project “Data Science of the Natural Environment”

The post will sit within the Environmental Data Science group at CEH Lancaster, which works on a range of projects mainly within the CEH Environmental Informatics area. The group has strong skills in developing tools and techniques for data management, integration and analysis to support environmental science and lead operation of the NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.

You will have access to CEH’s learning and development programme and close links to the newly created Lancaster Data Science Institute at the Lancaster University campus (

Key purpose of role:

  • to support the CEH Science Strategy through developing new data science capabilities for analysis and interpretation of data
  • to design and implement systems to enable integrated storage, processing and exploitation of CEH scientific data resources.

This post will contribute to development of new data science capabilities to understand environmental change and underlying processes through implementation of new data intensive techniques. This research and development will take place within multidisciplinary research teams across CEH and with the Lancaster Data Science Institute

Main duties of role:

  • to research and develop data science tools and techniques especially for data interoperability and integrated analysis e.g. for heterogeneous data from integrated environmental monitoring activities
  • to develop informatics capabilities to support CEH Science e.g. using big data analytics
  • to collaborate with other NERC data centres and other groups on data infrastructures, standards, techniques, methods and tools
  • to collaborate with researchers within data intensive projects to produce new and innovative methods and tools for environmental science.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK’s Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.