Weather Radar Data Software Engineer

Leeds, United Kingdom
£27,511 to £32,817 p.a. pro rata
06 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Are you interested in using your extensive technical computing and software development skills in an innovative environmental research team? Are you enthusiastic and ambitious with a desire to be part of an interdisciplinary team delivering world-leading research that aims to help improve our understanding of the planet and help the public?

An exciting opportunity exists for someone with a software engineering/computer science background to work within the National Centre for Atmospheric Science’s (NCAS) Weather Radar Group at the University of Leeds. Our group makes extensive use of weather radars (which measure rain and clouds as well as insects and birds) to help improve our understanding of the environment. 

The role does not require knowledge of weather radar or atmospheric science, however you will need to be comfortable working with large datasets (10s of terabytes) and high-performance computing facilities. You will work collaboratively with current team members who have extensive scientific knowledge but need your advanced technical skills to efficiently accomplish the team’s goals. Specifically, the work will include (a) the development of a suite of software to help the team process our observations on a supercomputer, (b) the implementation of a state-of-the-art set of radar simulation algorithms on a local high-performance GPU driven workstation and, (c) the deployment of a publicly facing interactive web-based data portal.

Day-to-day you will use your scientific and technical expertise to implement a programme of continuous technical improvement in order to enhance our use of computing, and in particular the use of our super-computing facilities. You will use your knowledge to ensure the software is maintained and developed effectively, ultimately improving the timeliness, quality and accuracy of our radar products. Collaborating with the team to exploit and utilise the latest scientific advances in radar meteorology, you will set the standard for code development in our team. You will also provide informal training to colleagues in the team and offer expert advice to those using the software you develop.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Ryan Neely


Location:     Leeds - Leeds General Infirmary
Faculty/Service:     Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:     School of Earth and Environment
Category:     Technical Support
Grade:     Grade 6
Salary:     £27,511 to £32,817 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:     50% FTE
Post Type:     Part Time
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (fixed term for 16 months, to start as soon as possible)
Release Date:     Wednesday 04 December 2019
Closing Date:     Wednesday 11 December 2019
Downloads:     Candidate Brief