Friday, 24 June 2016

We would value your feedback

To meet the needs of the UK's underwater noise community, the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) is working to develop an archival and delivery system for high volume acoustic data.

A minke whale in Skj√°lfandi Bay, Iceland ©
BODC are committed to providing
  • A data upload area
  • A secure archive
  • A bespoke delivery service (with discovery metadata records and a download platform)
Due to the high volume nature of acoustic data, BODC propose using the JASMIN super-computing facility to securely archive your data. A fully automated submission procedure will allow easy data and metadata submission. As experts in marine data management, BODC will ensure that submitted data are of an appropriate standard and quality for long-term archival and reuse. Data will then be available for download.
In addition, JASMIN provides an environment for data analysis by allowing users to upload tools for interrogating archived data. Given sufficient support and feedback from the scientific community, it is proposed that BODC will support such a data analysis environment for users.
To support this development project please participate in a short online survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Feedback will be collated anonymously but you are invited to provide contact details if there are any aspects you would be happy for us to follow up with you.
The closing date for the survey is Friday 22nd July 2016.

Friday, 17 June 2016

British Oceanographic Data Centre at the Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping

Dr Graham Allen, Head of BODC & GEBCO Guiding Committee member and Pauline Weatherall, GEBCO Digital Atlas Manager are welcomed to the GEBCO Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping by Shin Tani, Chair of GEBCO Committee.

Graham Allen and Pauline Weatherall with Shin Tani at the GEBCO Forum ©
Measuring and mapping the shape of the ocean floor is a crucial component of oceanographic research worldwide. Bathymetry helps provide a better understanding of coastal erosion, storm surges and the threat of tsunamis, along with ocean currents and tidal flows worldwide. It is essential for assessing the impact of sea-level rises, exploring for oil, gas and mineral resources and lies at the heart of safe navigation.
The GEBCO Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping, opened by Prince Albert II of Monaco, brings together world experts in ocean mapping. Its aim is to develop the GEBCO Roadmap for Future Ocean Floor Mapping, which will enable us to realise our vision of mapping 100% of the ocean floor.


The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) provides the most authoritative, publicly-available bathymetry datasets for the world’s oceans. GEBCO operates under the joint auspices of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

Software Development Manager vacancy at the British Oceanographic Data Centre

About the role

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) relies heavily on software developed in-house to manage and disseminate complex marine science data sets. Hence, software development is key to our success. The purpose of this role is to lead BODC's software development, including: team capability, software development tools, methodologies and technical strategies.
This appointment is a permanent position offered on Natural Environment Research Centre (NERC) terms and conditions based at the British Oceanographic Data Centre, National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool.


£45,271 to £49,207 per annum, depending on experience.

About you

You may already be an experienced software development manager looking for an exciting opportunity to apply your expertise in a data-rich research environment or perhaps a development team lead (or architect) looking for that next step into a management role. You will have an interest in and an aptitude for building high-performing development teams and well-designed software systems. Experience with specific technologies (but we don’t use much Microsoft) is less important than an understanding of development methodologies, tools and teams. Reflecting the growing importance of our software development team, this is a new position, so would suit someone with initiative who wants to contribute to the scope of the role.
Your work experience will be complemented by a good honours degree (or masters) in Computer Science. An interest in marine or environmental science and in working with scientific data would nicely round out your suitability.

What we can offer you

In return for your contribution, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 local and public days. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

About the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)

The British Oceanographic Data Centre is part of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and works closely with other groups in NOC to provide a deck-to-desktop data delivery service to the UK marine science community. BODC is part of a worldwide network of oceanographic data centres created to support global, regional and climate-related studies of the world’s oceans. We are at the forefront of managing and disseminating large, complex environmental data sets. We are a component of NERC’s environmental data centre network and collaborate widely with other international data centres on international initiatives to make data discoverable and easily available to scientists, the marine community, industry and the public.

About the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)

NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena Swan – a scheme that recognises excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education.
There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.
For further information visit BODC & NOC or contact Dr Graham Allen to arrange an informal chat about the role.

How to apply

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS); for further information about the role please visit their website at, quoting reference number IRC226489. Applicants should provide a CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the position. If you are unable to apply online please contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003. Further particulars are also available as a PDF.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 03 July 2016. It is proposed that interviews will take place during July 2016.