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Graduate Web and Database Engineer - Energy Data Centre

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. 

Welcome to STFC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is one of Europe's largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. 

The Technology Department, provides advanced technology and engineering in support of both STFC funded activities and other high profile international projects. Within the Technology department, The Energy Research Unit (ERU) specialises in performing and enabling innovative research on new and renewable energy technologies. The Unit, established over 40 years ago, has an international reputation in wind energy research. The ERU also runs the UKERC Energy Data Centre which is a national resource of information about, and results from, energy research.

The post offers an exciting and unique opportunity to join a small team which is working at the heart of the UK energy research as one of ERU’s major areas of work is to run the UKERC Energy Data Centre 

The Centre consists of an Oracle database with Perl CGI interface running on Linux servers with Apache webserver, with some program calls to another large data centre. We are shortly migrating from Oracle to PostgreSQL.

The post holder's main responsibility will be the maintenance of the existing system, and the design, implementation and maintenance of additional functionality. There is the expectation that in future the interface will migrate to more modern technologies, and the post holder will be expected to plan, and carry this out. Additional data sources from funding bodies will become available, and the post holder will be expected to process this data and upload it to the database, automating this as far as is appropriate.

In addition, the post holder will, as work priorities fluctuate, assist other members of the team with:

  • Preparing and checking numerical datasets and the associated metadata files
  • Liaison with energy researchers wishing to deposit dataset and data links
  • Assisting in the updating of the Energy Landscape documents which summarise UK competencies and activities in different areas of energy research
  • Assisting in obtaining, and adding the latest information to the catalogues of projects and publications maintained by the UKERC Energy Data Centre
  • Assisting with the on-going promotion of the Data Centre - both technically and strategically.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Familiarity with Perl would be an advantage as all current code is in this language. Knowledge of interface programming, familiarity with relational databases and experience in data manipulation is also highly desirable.

  • Experience of programming 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills 
  • Able to work independently, or as part of a small team 
  • To be flexible, willing and able to respond to changes in duties as priorities change.

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  • £26,932 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Didcot (Oxfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Data Science
  • Energy
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Information Technology
  • Web Development

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