Spatial Applications Developer

Salary: £22,224 per annum to £30,600 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Based in our Headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham or office in Edinburgh

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is the UK's premier provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific data, information and knowledge to help society to use its natural resources responsibly, manage environmental change and be resilient to environmental hazards.

We have an opportunity to join our Informatics department as a Spatial Applications Developer with proven web development skills. Based in either our Nottingham headquarters or Edinburgh office, we would like you to play a leading role in helping us build and maintain applications and systems to acquire, manage and deliver geoscience data and information using a range of development environments and technologies. This is an opportunity to help us advance our widely used, award winning applications such as the iGeology mobile app that has been downloaded 300,000 times and the Geology of Britain viewer that receives 50,000 hits per month. You would also contribute to collaborative software development projects with partners across the UK and Europe creating information systems to support scientific research. Additionally, you would be involved in developing geoscience software for commercial customers potentially located anywhere across the world.

If you have the key skills below and you want to work for a forward-thinking environmental science institute at the forefront of global geoinformatics, then we want to hear from you.

Key Skills:
  • highly motivated and technically competent
  • excellent and proven web development skills building spatial applications using a range relevant technologies and programming languages including JavaScript libraries and frameworks
  • experience of using desktop GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS)
  • demonstrate an understanding and practical application of key concepts in spatial application development such as working with large spatial and temporal datasets and spatial reference systems
  • visual interface design skills
  • undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience
  • an enthusiastic learner able to learn new concepts and technologies quickly and independently
  • ability to communicate effectively (written and orally)
  • ability to work well in multi-disciplinary teams
  • willingness to travel and work overseas for short periods of time (weeks).
BGS are able to offer a rich and rewarding career within a supportive, stable environment that values initiative and offers excellent personal development opportunities and benefits. You will be encouraged to interact with the latest technologies. You will utilise modern methodologies and principles for software development. You will have opportunities for overseas travel and to work in collaboration with leading environmental agencies and research institutes in the UK, Europe and across the world. You will be encouraged to attend conferences and write papers to promote your work. Excellent training opportunities will ensure you maintain up-to-date, transferrable IT skills.

This is an open ended appointment. Starting salary will be between £22,224 per annum to £30,600 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience. For a salary above £28,200 per annum you will be expected to meet the desirable criteria detailed in the job specification. Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks.

The role also attracts a generous benefits package encompassing flexible working, free onsite parking and family-friendly policies including childcare voucher scheme, company pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays, contractual sick pay and an active social club with excellent sporting facilities including a highly subsidised fitness suite at our Keyworth headquarters.

This is advertised as a full time post but we will consider applications from those who require more flexible arrangements.

Applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services; to apply please visit our job board at and submit your up-to-date C.V. and covering letter, which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, Please quote reference number IRC243584.

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 10th January 2018.

The Natural Environment Research Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organization and has achieved Bronze status for Athena Swan - a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

posted: 12 December 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.