Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC)

Vacancy for a Scientific Software Developer at CERC


CERC is looking to recruit a bright graduate or post-doc to join our team of 12 software developers and air quality scientists in Cambridge.

Why you'd like to join us
CERC develops, supports and promotes environmental software used in commercial and research applications worldwide, including the widely-used Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling System, ADMS. The company's developers and consultants are scientific leaders in dispersion modelling, providing advice and training to governments, environment agencies and model users around the world. CERC employs around 25 staff.

CERC's scientific software developers write and modify code that enhances CERC's software in terms of improvements to the underlying science, user experience and new features. They also develop new products. The majority of the scientific programming undertaken at CERC is written in Fortran, but products are also developed in R, MATLAB and Excel.

The scientific development team is regularly involved with projects that require non-standard analysis and/or bespoke model developments. The team is responsible for research into new model developments, as well as ongoing model validation. The team also writes project reports and publications for peer-reviewed journals, in order to justify the scientific basis of the environmental software developed.

A new starter at CERC will follow a planned induction and training programme and be given regular reviews to plan career development.

You will need
The successful candidate will have a good degree, MSc or PhD in mathematics, physics, engineering or a natural science. They will have some experience of scientific software development, for example using MATLAB. IDL, Fortran, python, C, R or VBA (macros). Any knowledge of the following scientific fields of study would be looked upon favourably: meteorology, atmospheric physics, meso-scale atmospheric modelling, wind engineering and CFD. Further, candidates must be able to: take an intellectually rigorous approach to solving scientific problems; keep in mind the practical needs of users; meet challenging deadlines; and communicate effectively in written and spoken English.

This is a two-year, full-time position, with an initial 3-month probationary period. You will be wording at our offices opposite Kings College on Kings Parade. Cambridge and your salary will be in the range £22,000 to £30.000. depending on qualifications/skills. You will be entitled to 25 days holiday per year, in addition to public holidays.

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