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Scientific software developer

Are you an enthusiastic and highly motivated scientific coder who is looking for a new challenge? We are looking for a scientific software developer (at graduate level and above) to join our flood and water management team at HR Wallingford.

The team undertake a wide range of projects including:

  • Hydrological, hydrodynamic and coastal process modelling for rivers, drainage systems and coasts,
  • Flood defence reliability, embankment breach, flood risk assessment and management portfolio optimisation,
  • Natural flood management, sustainable drainage, climate change impact analysis and resilience,
  • Satellite data applications, statistical modelling and numerical emulators.

We have a reputation for delivering novel solutions, both in the UK and internationally. If you want to make a difference and enjoy a challenge this is the opportunity for you.

About the role

Our team of software developers provide a wide range of scientific coding support to the flood and water management team and wider company. We develop a range of software tools to support our work in the above project areas. Specialist numerical models, temporal and geospatial data management and analysis tools, optimisation and management frameworks, live data dashboards, web based services and modelling portals are a few examples.

Aspiring to delivering excellence for our clients and work with them as partners we make sure we understand their needs and deliver the best possible solutions. We encourage innovation. Our internal research programme means we strive to maintain cutting edge technical skills and knowledge. Whether you are a recent graduate or looking for a more senior role, you will join a team of experts and a working environment where we support staff in their career path and support continued technical development.

About you

You enjoy the challenge of developing software and tools for the manipulation, analysis and modelling of scientific data. You may have some or many of the following attributes (or an aspiration to attain them):

  • A good degree in a relevant discipline e.g. civil/environmental engineering, computing or software engineering, any of the sciences, geography or maths. A higher degree in a water related discipline would also be advantageous;
  • Good understanding of object oriented principles and experience in development of OO applications;
  • Experience in coding in multiple languages including Python, JavaScript, html, C#, C++, VB.net, R;
  • Experience and confidence in data analysis and dealing with large volume data sets. This may include data modelling, relational database management and optimisation, SQL queries, working with NetCDF, XDMF and other bespoke formats of scientific data;
  • Experience with GIS software, geospatial data principles and libraries;
  • Experience with development of modelling software, parallel processing, GPU and HPC;
  • Technical knowledge and a strong interest in hydrology, flood risk management, drainage and/or water resources including the application and/or development of numerical models;
  • Knowledge and interest in decision-making / optimisation methods for strategic planning;
  • Good attention to detail, record keeping, presentation and report writing skills;
  • Ability to work within a team to deliver a common goal.

Additional information

The successful candidate will be based at our head office at Howbery Park near Wallingford, in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining staff of the highest calibre. We offer a stimulating working environment with competitive salaries commensurate with experience. We also offer an excellent benefits package that includes: a defined contribution pension scheme with minimum 10% contribution from the employer; at least 22 days holiday plus three days company holiday plus eight bank holidays, flexible working hours which allows for leave to be taken subject to hours accrued and business needs; access to a staff restaurant, as well as an on-campus sports and social club.

How to apply

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter, clearly stating the vacancy of interest, to personnel@hrwallingford.com or contact Sharon Draper, Personnel Advisor, HR Wallingford, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxford, OX10 8BA or email s.draper@hrwallingford.com.

Closing Date: Sunday 30 June 2019

HR Wallingford is an equal opportunities employer

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