UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our team, contributing to scientific discovery and generating the data, insights, and solutions that researchers, businesses and governments need to solve complex environmental challenges.

About us

Working at UKCEH is rewarding. Our science makes a real difference, enabling people and the environment to prosper, and enriching society. We are the custodians of a wealth of environmental data, collected by UKCEH and its predecessors over the course of more than 60 years.

As a valued member of our team, you’ll get:

  • 27 days annual leave, rising to 29 days after five years
  • 10% employer pension contribution
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • 24 hour, 365-day access to support with physical, mental, social, health or financial issues
  • Flexible working opportunities

The role

You’ll be joining the Environmental Data Science group, to carry out development on digital research infrastructure, which supports our nationally and internationally important environmental science.

Developing an overarching software architecture to support various initiatives. This includes development of an integrated research cloud infrastructure, digital twins, collaborative platforms, data processing pipelines, integrated monitoring, and FAIR access to digital assets.

You will be part of an expanding multidisciplinary team, adopting common software architectural principles. Helping to develop scalable, robust, and interoperable solutions. Using an agile development methodology, with a co-design aspect, contributing to the creation of cloud-based and hybrid solutions.

You’ll be joining a leading independent, not-for-profit research institute that’s committed to recruiting talented people like you, progressing your career, and giving you the support you need to thrive at UKCEH.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Designing, coding, testing, and deploying high-quality software solutions, ensuring robustness, scalability, and standardised design principles
  • Contributing to an overarching software architecture to support a variety of projects
  • Applying and promoting agile software development methodologies and culture
  • Researching, learning, and adopting emerging technologies and best practices, to enhance software development processes and contribute your own innovative ideas
  • Creating and maintaining technical documentation

For the role of Software Engineer, we’re looking for somebody who has

  • A good degree in an appropriate subject, or significant experience of working in a Software Engineering environment
  • Proficiency in one or more programming languages such as Python, Java, JavaScript
  • Experience with version control systems (e.g., GitHub, GitLab)
  • Confident using modern deployment tools and practises and other development tools (e.g., Container Orchestration, Infrastructure as a Code)
  • Understanding of full software development stack, including both front-end and back-end development frameworks
  • Excellent communication skills, adopting a collaborative and inclusive approach across a range of stakeholders
  • The ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • A passion to learn new technologies and adapt quickly to evolving software development trends

If we’ve just described you, we’d love to meet. Apply now.

We welcome applications from international candidates; however, at present, we are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this role.