Data Manager RRS Sir David Attenborough

British Antarctic Survey
From £35,222 to £38,254 per annum
30 Nov 2017
08 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
RRS Sir David Attenborough Data Manager – Cambridge
Job reference: BAS 77/17
Contract type: Full Time
Duration: The post is a 32 month full-time Fixed Term Appointment (37 hours per week).
Salary: In the range of £35,222 to £38,254 per annum. We offer a generous benefits package including a defined salary pension scheme, free car parking, flexible working hours and 30 days annual leave.
Benefits: We offer generous benefits
Team: Polar Data Centre
Location: UK Polar Data Centre (UK PDC) at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge.
Closing date: 31 December, 2017 11:59 pm
DescriptionAn exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced data manager to develop a data management system for the UK’s new polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough. This ship, currently under construction, will be one of the most advanced polar research ships in the world with state-of-the-art facilities for multidisciplinary scientific research. It will begin operations in 2019 with a range of sea trials followed by polar rehearsal cruises.

We are looking for an experienced data management professional with relevant expertise and knowledge of best practise to lead on the design and in-service testing of a data management system for the RRS Sir David Attenborough. In liaison with British Antarctic Survey IT staff, you will ensure that systems are put in place for under-way data collection, scientific event logging and the capture and quality control of data and metadata from instruments.

The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of data management principles and it is also beneficial to have experience of managing marine data and working on research vessels. You will need a good range of computing skills, including programming, and ideally experience in selecting software solutions based on user requirements. You will need excellent communication and project management skills. You will need to be able to participate in both sea trials and rehearsal cruises of the new vessel which means that you should be physically capable and medically fit to undertake marine cruises of up to two months duration.

This role is based in the UK Polar Data Centre (UK PDC) at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. UK PDC is the focal point for Arctic and Antarctic environmental data management in the UK and part of the Natural Environmental Research Council’s (NERC) network of environmental data centres. It coordinates the management of polar data from UK-funded research and supports researchers in complying with national and international data legislation and policy.

PurposeTo assimilate user requirements and, working with BAS Information and Communications Technology (ICT) team, lead on the process design and in service testing of a data management system for the RRS Sir David Attenborough (SDA). Liaise with all stakeholders (e.g. SDA project team, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) science community, BAS Polar Data Centre, BAS ICT, National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) and British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)) to achieve this.

QualificationDegree or higher in a marine/biological or data management subject area (or equivalent).

  • Assimilate all requirements (assembled by project team) and lead on the process design for the ship’s data management system. Work with ICT on the implementation meeting the requirements for:
  • Under-way data collection (in collaboration with BAS ICT, BAS Engineering and other relevant stakeholders such as NOC and NERC Marine Planning).
  • An events logging system that can easily be used by all scientists participating in cruises and provide data in an appropriate format to relevant NERC data centres.
  • Capture, security and delivery of data and metadata to a relevant Data Centre for instruments operating on the vessel. Work with PSO’s and instrument operators, from cruise planning stage onwards to achieve this for the period of sea trials.
  • Providing automated quality control as data are collected and alerting relevant scientists/engineers when there is an issue.
  • Sending underway data in near real time to relevant stakeholders (e.g. BODC, PDC, UK Met Office).
  • Participate in all relevant sea trials so as to develop, test and validate the DM system.
  • Work with NERC data centres to develop ‘Best-practice Data Management Guides’ for all scientists collecting data on the ship.
  • Complete a handover to other BAS staff (PDC and ICT) of the data management system at the end of the period of sea trials/rehearsal cruises, such that routine operation can be delivered by Pay Band 6 staffing.
  • To undertake other duties as requested by the Director of BAS.
On-line application forms and further information are available on our website by clicking the Apply button.

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 77/17

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st December 2017

Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 22nd January 2018

Proposed start date – early 2018

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job role.

From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world.

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From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

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