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Assistant Data Scientist Summer Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) within STFC serves the environmental science community through provision of:

  • The CEDA Archive - a long term data archive containing over 15 petabytes of atmospheric and earth observation data
  • The CEDA Data Catalogue - providing information to users about the data in our archive
  • JASMIN - a data intensive supercomputer

We provide data management support for the atmospheric and earth observation academic research communities’ (predominantly Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded projects); ensuring quality-controlled data are available and preserved for the future. We make sure data is documented and made openly available for others to use, where possible. We aim to support environmental science; further environmental data archival practices, and develop and deploy new technologies to enhance access to data.

Additionally we provide services to aid large-scale data analysis.

For more information on CEDA, please visit

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

As an assistant data scientist, you will be working on a relevant project, supervised and guided by a data scientist at CEDA. The project will involve learning about climate models by collating information through independent research and exploring different sources of information. The aim of the project will be to populate a new Model Data Catalogue with this information. This data catalogue will showcase the climate model data held in the CEDA Archive. This is an important tool for the scientific community in order to easily find and access climate data for use in scientific research projects.

You will gain knowledge of climate models during this project by learning the specifics about models commonly used in the climate research community. You will develop skills such as independent research, written communication and critical thinking. This will be a flexible project with opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in other similar areas.

The placement itself will be based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) outside of Didcot. However, due to the pandemic and the governments guidance of working from home, there is a potential chance the placement could be based remotely. This will be assessed nearer the time the placement is due to commence in the Summer.

In order to apply for this role you must have:


  • Are in full time education at university and returning to university following the placement
  • The right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement which is 12 weeks
  • Good understanding of weather and climate models
  • Studying relevant degree in Meteorology, Climate Modelling, Atmospheric science, Environmental Science or similar with degree content relevant to the vacancy
  • Interest in atmosphere and climate
  • Experience of independent study
  • Good written communication skills


  • Knowledge of scientific vocabulary relating to weather and climate models
  • Experience with climate modelling data
About STFC 
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 
One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 
For more information about STFC please visit 
You can also visit our careers site 
How to Apply 
Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 
About UKRI 
Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 
Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at
How we support EDI in the workforce 
At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.  For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’  
Disability Confident Employer 
As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. 
For more information on this scheme, click here.  

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