Research Associate Scientific Data Support - based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire

About the role

The Biological Records Centre (BRC) is a group within CEH. BRC is world leading in its innovative approaches to monitoring biodiversity using citizen science and produces high impact research on the impacts of environmental change.

We are seeking someone to join BRC who is enthusiastic about the work we do to capture, visualise and analyse large-scale and long-term ecological datasets to underpin research.  The main focus of the role is to provide liaison and support for the work of BRC, interacting closely with technical and research staff at CEH, and providing the main link to partners within the biological recording community, principally National Recording Schemes and Societies. A major part of the role is providing support for the development of the iRecord system ( for capturing and sharing sightings of wildlife and systems to capture information on non-native invasive species.

The CEH Research Associates’ programme provides individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring - through a structured 3 year programme -specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers. 

As a Research Associate within BRC you will gain expertise in working with our citizen science infrastructure and practical skills to manipulate large and complex citizen science datasets.

About you

You will have both excellent communication skills and practical experience of working with data. Ideally you will have direct experience of working with citizen science approaches.

You will also have:

  • a degree (or equivalent)
  • either a PhD or comparable skills and knowledge gained through practical working experience, in environmental monitoring and/or citizen science approaches
  • skills in data management gained in an ecological monitoring or research environment
  • the ability to manipulate and visualize spatial data, with proven skills in using database and GIS software
  • a good understanding of IT systems to support citizen science (programming skills are not required)
  • excellent team working skills with a flexible approach to problem solving
  • good organisational and time management skills, with an ability to work independently and to deadlines.

How to apply:

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services; to apply please visit our job board here

Please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, please quote reference number IRC247411

Interviews will be held on19th December 2018

Closing Date: 

30th November 2018


£28,200 per annum