Web Developer (Geospatial) – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 44/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment.
Starting from £37,789 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
28 April, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.
We are looking to appoint a Geospatial Web Services Developer within the BAS Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC).
We require someone enthusiastic and conscientious to lead the development of geospatial information services which support BAS science, logistics and external projects. You will have solid web development skills, focused on open source geospatial tools such as postgres, geoserver and openlayers.
Familiarity with OGC standards and services, plus experience with cloud computing platforms will be highly relevant. The majority of our projects can be delivered under an open source license and you will be key to driving these developments.
If you are enthusiastic about the polar regions and keen to apply your geospatial web skills across a wide variety of interesting projects then we would encourage you to apply. This position will include opportunities for training and growing your skills, plus occasional opportunities to travel to the Antarctic as required by certain projects.


To develop and implement geospatial web applications to support BAS science and operations and contracts with external stakeholders.


A degree or higher qualification in a numerate subject area, or relevant work experience (or equivalent).


• Develop, improve and maintain geospatial web applications and services.
• Maintenance and support for web applications
• Follow technology trends and constantly strive to learn and apply new technology stacks
• Collaborate with other teams, to develop best practices and incorporate innovations into our service portfolio.

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 44/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 28th April 2019
Interview date: 7th May 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

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.

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

Communication skills

  • Comfortable using collaborative tools such as skype and slack for group communications. - Desirable [3]
  • Fluent written and spoken English - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Experience with tech stack including Python, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Git, JavaScript. - Essential
  • Experience with open source geospatial tools such as PostGIS, Geoserver and OpenLayers. - Essential
  • Experience with geospatial data formats and software libraries (GeoTIFF, NetCDF, GDAL, ..) - Essential
  • Experience with the integration of RESTful APIs and microservice-oriented architectures. - Essential
  • Good knowledge of Unix/Linux environments. - Essential
  • Good understanding of RDBMS and ORM tools. - Essential
  • Comfortable with version control and CI/CD practices. - Essential
  • Experience of free and open-source solutions. - Essential
  • Frontend development expertise including working knowledge of AngularJS, React, vue.js or similar. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of working with Java. - Desirable [3]
  • Understanding of network architectures. - Desirable [3]
  • Good knowledge of OGC standards and services (WxS, CSW, WPS, ..). - Desirable [3]
  • Knowledge of geospatial, data visualisation and web mapping applications and related JavaScript libraries. - Desirable [3]
  • Knowledge of provisioning and configuration tools (Ansible, Terraform, ..) - Desirable [3]
  • Handling and processing of geographic information. - Desirable [3]
  • Data visualisation expertise. - Desirable [3]

Interpersonal skills

  • Experience working successfully within a small team. - Essential
  • Collaborate with other teams internal and external to BAS. - Desirable [3]


  • A degree or higher qualification in a computing or numerate subject, or relevant equivalent work experience. - Essential
  • Any additional related training / short courses. - Desirable [3]

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

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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.