Web Developer- Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 79/19a
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting from £30,782 per annum (band D). Starting from £38,318 per annum (band E).
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
BAS Cambridge (opportunities for short-term working in Antarctica may arise)
Closing date:
1 September, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey are looking for an innovative Web Developer to lead and contribute to the Survey’s Web Development during an exciting time of organisational change. The role will require you to develop and implement internal and external web based systems that support and enable BAS’ scientific, administrative and operational functions. You will be required to disseminate scientific data and information through continual development of our existing platforms as well as to help identify new technologies to improve accessibility and interoperability of scientific data when relevant. This is a dynamic role with development opportunities through a large variety of projects.

We are advertising the post at two levels – band D or band E. To be eligible for employment at band E, you will need extensive demonstrable experience of web application development within a previous role and experience of leading complex projects, managing staff and/or coaching or mentoring others. Please state in your application whether you are applying for the post at band D or band E.


To develop and implement internal and external web based systems that support and enable BAS’ administrative and operational functions as well as disseminating scientific data and information. This will be achieved through continual development of existing platforms and identification of new technologies when relevant.


Degree or higher in a numerate subject area OR relevant work experience.


• As part of the Web & Apps Team, create and support web systems for our internal platforms: Linux, Nginx, PostgreSQL and Python stack for new systems / Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP for legacy systems.
• Manage the relationship with our partner agency for BAS external websites
• Support the BAS Information Services group to make data and information FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable)
• Be part of BAS’s Technical Design Authority committee (Band E)
• Line manage a web applications developer (Band E)
• Contribute to the future direction of and strategy for BAS’ web presence
• Support the overall web presence of BAS in terms of internal and external web sites and applications in conjunction with the Information Services, IT and Communications groups.
• Create documentation describing the technical solutions implemented.
• Collaborate with other groups within BAS to increase the consistency and robustness of BAS’s web-based systems.
• Any other duty appropriate for the Band and skills as instructed by the Director

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies.

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 79/19a

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 1st September 2019
Interview date: TBC
Proposed start date: ASAP

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Experience communicating with both technical and non-technical audiences. - Essential
  • Ability to write technical documentation. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks (Band D) / the team’s work (Band E) when presented with a range of options. - Essential
  • Ability to make sound judgements on use and application of various technologies and solutions. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders in challenging situations. - Essential
  • Experience working successfully within a small team. - Essential
  • Ability to collaborate closely with colleagues to meet user needs. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Experience dealing with complex issues and limited budgets, reorganising priorities and multi tasking on concurrent projects in a frequently changing environment. (Band E) - Essential
  • Experience managing staff and projects (Band E) - Essential
  • Able to manage small scale projects and work to tight deadlines (Band D) - Essential
  • Qualification in a recognised project management technique (e.g. Prince 2, Agile) - Desirable [4]

Numerical ability

  • High level of numeracy and logical thinking - Essential

Other Factors

  • Applicants should be physically capable and medically fit to undertake work within the Antarctic - Desirable [4]


  • Degree or higher in a numerate subject area. - Essential
  • OR relevant work experience - Essential
  • MSc or higher in a scientific or information technology discipline. - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience - Band E applicants will need to demonstrate a greater range and depth of these than band D applicants

  • Experience in back-end development with detailed knowledge of at least one programming language such as Ruby, Java, Python, Javascript, PHP, Scala or Go. - Essential
  • Experience in front end development with detailed knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. - Essential
  • Understanding of software development practices including source code management, issue tracking, etc. - Essential
  • Familiarity with common web security threats. - Desirable [3]
  • Familiarity with accessibility issues. - Desirable [3]
  • Specific experience designing and building scientific data applications - Desirable [2]
  • Familiarity with configuration management tools such as Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Salt etc - Desirable [3]
  • Familiarity with modern frameworks for building web applications and API’s - Desirable [2]
  • Familiarity with common application testing and deployment strategies (CI/CD) - Desirable [2]
  • Database design and management - Desirable [2]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.