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Climate Services Development Technical Manager
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF36921

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 17/10/2021

Job live date: 27/09/2021

Salary: £30,942 to £39,152 pro rata per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Meteorology

Hours per week: 0.60 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Part-time, Fixed-term up to 6 months

This role is to provide technical support to the Climate Services Development Manager, the Space4Climate Board and wider membership. The role is hosted by the National Centre for Earth Observation, in the University of Reading division which forms part of the Department of Meteorology, in the UK.  Whilst we are working virtually, it is anticipated there will be in-person meetings and events on campus and across the UK as part of this role.

 It is an exciting time to join the group which is playing a leading role in Earth Observation and space sector presence at COP26.  We are looking for a technical expert confident in Earth Observation analysis, methods and tools, with awareness and understanding of software development, advanced computing techniques, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data analysis and Geographic Information Systems

The role includes:

  • Supporting the UK Climate Change Initiative (CCI) lead scientists and the Space4Climate Task Groups in identifying and extracting from their activities the challenges and opportunities to the seamless supply chain of climate data from space.
  • Producing briefings for the Space4Climate Board and members
  • Authoring technical internal and public documents on behalf of the group including consultation responses where appropriate.
  • Project management and delivery of the group’s climate services directory.
  • Deputising where requested for the Climate Services Development Manager

Space4Climate is a stakeholder-led and funded community, chaired by the UK Space Agency, representing the UK’s world-leading Earth Observation expertise and global collaborations regarding climate data.

You will have:

  • Interest in knowledge brokerage or willingness to learn
  • Good public speaking skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences
  • Masters Degree or PhD in relevant area – see Job Description/ Person Specification

It is possible although not guaranteed that this position could be extended for another fixed period beyond 31 March 2022.

Informal contact details

Contact role:

Executive Support Officer

Contact name:

Jessica Gardner

Contact phone:


Contact email:

Interview date to be confirmed

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

​​​​​​​The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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