Web Systems Developer

Job reference:
BAS 22/75
Contract type:
Open-Ended Appointment
£31,931 to £39,915
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
10 July, 2022 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey are looking for an innovative Web Developer to lead and contribute to the Survey’s Web Systems. 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.


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)
  • 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
  • The above lists are not exhaustive and the job holder is required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post. All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and UKRI

Publication date: 9 June 2022
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 10 July 2022

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

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

Communication skills

  • Proficient 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 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

  • Able to manage small scale projects and work to tight deadlines - 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


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

Skills / Experience

  • 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]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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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.

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