Scientific & Technical Officer (STO) Data Manager - INFOMAR

Vacancy Area

Scientific and Technical

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 Scientific Technical Officer will work with the Advanced Mapping Services (AMS) and Information Services and Development (IS&D) teams, and other programmes including technical inputs into areas such as Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). Work with both AMS and IS&D teams will directly support the management and spatial analysis of marine, hydrographic and geophysical data collected by the AMS team during INFOMAR and other supported programmes. It will insure that associated products, data services and tools are aligned with Marine Institute’s strategy, and support other key programmes including MSP and Marine Strategy Framework Directives (MSFD). As the National Marine Data Centre, the Marine Institute collects and manages numerous data sets for a variety of purposes to support sustainable marine resource management on behalf of the public. INFOMAR is an integrated programme incorporating hydrographic & geophysical surveying, oceanography, seabed sampling, ROV Operations, and habitat mapping. The Data Management STO, embedded in the IS&D team, will be primarily responsible for the management of INFOMAR data, and development of tools, services and products that will contribute to the INFOMAR programme final deliverables. The Data Management STO will provide support as required to AMS on relevant INFOMAR activity, research & innovation projects, and Marine Institute programmes. The role will develop, support and ensure the availability of underlying data services, infrastructure and data management processes. This will include databases, data cataloguing and data access 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, availability and appropriate use of third party data. The successful candidate will need to closely collaborate with a variety of external partners to define requirements and acquire relevant content. The role requires the applicant to have a good knowledge of data management best practices, data analysis, advanced GIS and familiarity with development of web based services and data delivery tools. The applicant will be expected to have an excellent work ethic and strong inter-personal skills. The opportunity to participate in limited offshore work may be facilitated, to develop an understanding of the full data cycle and to help to improve data integrity, security, and management.

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Educational and Professional Requirements:

  • A degree or equivalent higher qualification in IT / Computer Science, engineering or other numerical discipline with a diploma in IT/Computer Science.
  • Experience in the management and analysis of data, ideally scientific and spatial data.
  • Database development skills, preferably in MS SQL Server or similar enterprise scale DBMS.
  • Knowledge of scripting languages (Python, JavaScript, etc.).
  • Experience with Geographical Information Systems software (e.g. Esri ArcGIS, Global Mapper,
  • QGIS, leaflet mapping, web map services).
  • Experience of documenting technical specifications and workflows / processes.
  • 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 and scientific and non-technical groups.

Duration of Contract:

The contract will be issued on a specified purpose basis for up to a maximum period of up to December 31st 2026, subject to continued funding. The successful candidate will be on probation for the first six 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 or posted to Human Resources at the Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway. All correspondence for this post should quote reference OCIS/STO-DATAMGR/April2022.

Closing date for Applications:

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12 noon on Friday 22nd of April 2022. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

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