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Assistant Environmental Data Scientist Graduate

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Science and Technology Facilities Council


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The Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA, http:/ is looking for an Assistant Environmental Data Scientist. 

CEDA holds over 6 Petabytes of climate and environmental data and runs infrastructure and services to support UK scientists. CEDA is one of the five environmental data centres which are funded by NERC (the Natural Environment Research Council). We specialise in support for the atmospheric science, including climate change, and Earth Observations and handle large datasets such the climate projections which underpin the climate assessments of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and observations from Europe's latest space missions.

At CEDA, the appointee will join a team providing data and services to the UK academic community. Scientists in our user community need access to large and up-to-date datasets which they can process, analyse and combine with other data on our infrastructure. They also deposit their own datasets in our archives for long-term preservation and dissemination to other users. 

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities 

You will act as an Assistant Data Scientist. Your primary responsibilities will be in the data management of diverse earth observation and climate datasets to support NERC funded environmental science. New data will be sourced from external data providers, such as climate modelling centres and space agencies, as well as products derived from NERC funded science. Your tasks will include: 

  • Collaborate closely with data suppliers and data users
  • Coordinate and timetable data acquisition activities, including automated ingestion and quality checks on new data arrivals
  • Describe and record new data products and the activities and instruments that produce them
  • Establish and document format and version details
  • Present activities and progress at relevant UK and European science meetings 

In order to apply for the role you must have:


  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Integrated Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2020, 2021 or be due to receive it in 2022 
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above 
  • The right to live and work in the UK 
  • Degree in environmental or atmospheric sciences, computing or geography
  • Interest in, and enthusiasm for, climate, environmental, or earth observation science 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • An effective team player capable of working with staff at all levels 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Strong computer literacy skills 


  • Experience of earth observation and/or meteorological/ environmental data 
  • Background knowledge in earth observation and remote sensing by satellites 
  • Understand the benefits and challenges around sound data management 
  • Understanding of the use and significance of models in climate science 
  • Computing skills including exposure to LINUX/UNIX operating systems and programming/scripting skills (preferably python) 
  • Inventiveness and problem-solving skills
  • Manages own time effectively 
  • Ability to multi-task 
  • Can travel in the UK or overseas involving overnight stays 

Please note that we will close this position early should we receive enough applications. Please apply sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

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As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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