Marine Institute

Scientific & Technical Officer (STO) Data Management - Marine Strategy Framework Directive, OSPAR and Marine Spatial Planning Policy Support

Vacancy Area: 
Scientific and Technical


Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore,  Co. Galway

Organisation Description:

The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for marine research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI).  The Marine Institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220-million-acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and scientific services; and safeguard the marine environment through research and environmental monitoring.    The Institute works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) and a network of other Government Departments, semi-state agencies, national and international marine partners.


Summary of the Role:

The successful candidate will be based within the Institute’s Information Services and Development section. Working with the MSP and MSFD cross-service teams, the work undertaken will directly support the management and availability of marine environmental data and information in order to support evidence-based decision making and reporting on the marine environment by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH).


As the National Marine Data Centre, the Marine Institute collects and manages numerous data sets for a variety of purposes, including to support sustainable marine resource use and environmental management by a range of public bodies. Many of these data sets can be used to support Marine Spatial Planning and also implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and OSPAR Convention, for which the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is the competent authority. The successful candidate will work with Marine Institute scientists to ensure that the tools and processes are in place to enable data from across a range of disciplines to be well managed and available for use in the national MSP process and for MSFD and OSPAR assessment and reporting purposes.


The role will support, develop and ensure the availability of underlying data management systems and technical processes. This will include databases, data processing scripts, data cataloguing, data access tools and processes, as well as reporting and analysis services. The role will also be responsible for the governance and maintenance of relevant data, to ensure compliance with data legislation and licensing terms, and to ensure the currency, quality, availability and appropriate use of third party data underpinning national MSP, MSFD and OSPAR work programmes. The successful candidate will need to closely collaborate with a variety of personnel across service areas within the Institute and also with external partners and experts, particularly the Institute’s Marine Environment section.


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Educational and Professional Requirements:

A degree or equivalent higher qualification in IT / Computer Science, engineering or other numerical discipline.

Experience in the management and analysis data, ideally scientific or environmental datasets.

Database skills, preferably in MS SQL Server or similar enterprise-scale DBMS.

Knowledge of scripting languages (such as Python, JavaScript, R, etc…).

The ability to be well organised and work to deadlines identifying priorities and managing time effectively.

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels both in writing and verbally with technical, scientific and non-technical groups.

The ability to work unsupervised and to work well with others.

A demonstrated willingness to learn.


Duration of Contract:

The contract will be issued on a temporary specified purpose basis for a duration up to 31st December 2023. Successful candidates will be on probation for the first 6 months of this contract.


How to Apply:

A C.V. and letter of application, summarising experience and skill set applicable to the position should be emailed to recruitment [at] marine [dot] ie or posted to Human Resources at the Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway. All correspondence for this post should quote reference STO SLA Data Mgt /OCIS / Aug. 2021



Closing date for Applications:

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12 noon on Tuesday 7th September 2021. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

Use of data- all personal data and the information submitted for this application will be used solely for the purpose of this campaign, after which it will be deleted in line with our data and documents policy. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence and accessed only by those involved directly in the campaign.

Marine Institute is an equal opportunities employer

Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 7 September, 2021