Senior Oceanographic Analyst
Location: Taunton, Somerset
The UK Hydrographic Office is looking for a data focused Ocean Scientist who is passionate about the marine environment. This is an opportunity to use your scientific expertise to solve real world problems and join a world leading organisation.
This role is one of two Senior Oceanographic Analyst posts that sit within the Ocean Environment Team - part of the wider Scientific Analysis Group. The team is specifically responsible for managing a diverse range of marine environmental data (e.g. tidal, marine biological, oceanographic, geological, acoustic and ocean climatological) to support the UKHO's input into commercial, SOLAS, MOD and Allied requirements.
Our customers require professional advice and a range of Situational Awareness products providing information about the marine environment to assist in their planning. To support this, the Ocean Environment Team acquires data from a variety of sources and analyses that data for subsequent use. As the Senior Oceanographic Analyst, you will provide the expertise necessary to identify and analyse relevant oceanographic data sources and use these, in conjunction with web and literature searches, to provide an assessment of the environment likely to be encountered.
About the UKHO
UKHO is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. We survey and chart the world's oceans in order to develop and serve world leading software and data solutions to commercial shipping companies, navies and maritime organisations. Our products ensure safe navigation and global trade efficiency and support other marine activities including economic development, environmental protection, resource exploration and utilisation, scientific research and security and defence.
What we are looking for
The successful candidate will have in depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of physical oceanography, demonstrated either by (post)graduate qualification(s) and/or comparative industry experience. The ability to develop supporting skills in data programming/data analysis to meet the evolving needs of our customers is key to success in the role, as is a genuine desire to work collaboratively as part of a small, dynamic team.
It is essential that the successful candidate has a working knowledge of data analysis and databasing techniques applied to marine environmental data, including computer programming skills, preferably some experience with MATLAB/R/Python and the Unix command line. Microsoft Office and GIS software packages (such as ArcGIS). Experience with similar software (such as QGIS) and the ability to adapt to those used in UKHO is acceptable.
And in return?
We will actively empower you to develop yourself and provide flexible working practices for a healthy work/life balance. You will also benefit from a brand-new award-winning office, with use of our on-site gym, free parking and subsidised canteen.
For a full job description, including the competencies you will be assessed on in your application, please click the apply button to be taken to the UKHO website.
Closing date: 15th January 2020 at 23:55.
Please note, this is a MOD reserved post and therefore applications will only be accepted from UK Nationals (those with dual nationality are also ineligible to apply). The successful candidate must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles.