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Division Head for STFC Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Band G £61,227 - £68,029 Per Annum
Closing date
23 Jan 2022
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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Division Head for STFC Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA)

Salary: Band G £61,227 - £68,029 Per Annum

Contract: Open Ended

Hours: Full time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire

Great benefits including 30 days holiday + 10.5 public holidays and a 26% contributory pension scheme

Closing Date for applications 23rd January 2022

The Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) based within the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Space department, of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is looking for a Division Head to provide outstanding people and business leadership.

The CEDA Archive forms part of NERC's Environmental Data Service - a network of data centres covering all aspects of environmental science. Our team coordinates data management on behalf of NERC for the UK atmospheric science and earth observation communities.

CEDA holds data covering climate, composition, observations, and numerical weather prediction, as well as numerous earth observation datasets, including airborne and satellite data and imagery. CEDA’s main goal is to ensure that atmospheric and earth observation data are made readily available and accessible to all in order to fully realise their reuse potential.

To be successful in this role you will be passionate about continuous improvement within CEDA, reporting directly to the Director of RAL Space you will take ownership of the group structure whilst encouraging a progressive and dynamic working environment to allow your colleagues to perform to the best of their abilities.

About you:

  • You’ll be educated to a minimum of degree level in a scientific discipline (ideally a geophysical/physical science), and a postgraduate qualification or proven equivalent experience would be desirable.
  • Have solid leadership skills, gained in a similar environment.
  • As part of this role you will be working with other heads within RAL Space as well as NERC stakeholders and external funding bodies, committees, and task forces as such you must demonstrate highly developed written and verbal communication skills alongside a strong influencing style.

Applications should consist of a CV and a covering letter explaining why the candidate is suited to this position. For an informal discussion about this role please contact Dr Chris Mutlow

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As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

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Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom
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