Scientific Officer

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job Type Temporary
Salary £15.24 per hour
Published 11 months ago
Start Date ASAP
Contact Helen McNamara
Job Ref NIC09537_1496826452

Job Description

Temporary Scientific Officer; Hydro-spatial Modeller required for a local government organisation based in Belfast.

Starting ASAP potentially for 10 months

Monday-Friday 37 hours per week

Pay rate: £15.24ph

Duties will include:

  1. The postholder will undertake hydro-spatial modelling relating to the connectivity processes between land use and water quality in agricultural landscapes.
  2. They will apply advanced geo-spatial modelling approaches to delineate hydrologically sensitive areas at farm-scale, using high resolution elevation and soils data to identify ways of mitigating nutrient and sediment loss to aquatic ecosystems.
  3. They will be expected to initiate data analysis, collect field data for validation, interpret outputs, and contribute to the preparation of reports.
  4. The postholder will have excellent communication skills and will need to build and maintain partnerships, collaborations and relationships with relevant stakeholders.

Essential Criteria:

Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the following criteria:

A degree in geographic information systems (GIS), environmental science, physical geography or a related academic field.

Scientific knowledge of critical source area modelling at field and catchment scales using high resolution digital elevation models and of the integration of soil and land use data in delineating areas posing a risk to water quality. In addition they will have practical experience of techniques for their measurement and validation in the field, or of similar techniques in a related area of science.

Advanced skills in GIS and programming capability in Python (or equivalent).

Experience of managing research projects, and/or staff and facilities.

Proven ability to contribute to the planning and implementation of scientific experiments in a natural science related discipline.

Applicants should have a strong track record of working in multidisciplinary teams addressing natural resource management issues.

Experience in contributing to the writing of reports/scientific publications and delivering oral scientific presentations (Candidates must provide evidence of this by submitting a fully cited bibliography of all referred and non-referred publications).

Have access to a form of transport to meet the requirements of the post in full.


Please note that successful candidate's will be required to complete an Enhanced Access NI Clearance at the cost of £33.00. A person's criminal record will not, in itself, debar that person from being appointed to this post. Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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