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Geoscience Database Engineer/Developer at British Geological Survey (Keyworth, UK)

Geoscience Database Engineer/Developer



£24,435 to £26,560 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience) and a specialist allowance of up to £3,000 may be payable for an exceptional candidate


Fixed Term (3 years)

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is housed in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally.It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts.

About the role

We have an opportunity for a talented and motivated Database Engineer/Developer to join our Informatics Science Directorate. This is a great opportunity to develop not only your own career but support the role of data in a modern, forward thinking geological survey.

You will help build and maintain databases, many of which have a spatial and/or component, to deliver quality solutions that acquire, manage and deliver Geoscience data & information to a variety of stakeholders. You’ll gain exposure to a variety of modern technologies, development-environments and information-architectures, all within an agile culture that encourages learning and development and the following of industry best-practice from inception to delivery.

Many of the projects worked on will be at the forefront of global efforts to address environmental challenges by combining scientific knowledge with emerging technologies. Several of our projects require collaboration with partners across the UK and beyond. You will be expected to participate in projects that require travel overseas, working in-country for periods of up to approximately two weeks at a time (primarily Europe, Africa, Asia and/or Middle East) and be excited by the prospect.

About you

  • highly motivated and technically competent

  • experience in entity-relationship modelling for implementation within a relational database

  • good SQL skills in a range of RDBMS which ideally would include Oracle

  • experience in PL/SQL or other programming languages such as Python, PL/pgSQL, T-SQL or R

  • strong analytical capabilities to translate requirements into development

  • a good communicator who is able to work well across a range of different specialist areas

  • an enthusiastic learner, able to pick up new skills quickly

  • team spirited and willing and excited by the prospect of working overseas.

What we offer

A generous benefits package is also offered, including a very competitive pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, free parking and access to flexi-time. 

We also offer the ‘Bike to Work’ scheme, free parking, health and wellbeing support, social clubs and on-site sports facilities.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 7th January 2019.

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