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Senior Developer (SMRP), UK Data Archive

The UK Data Service, based at the University of Essex, has received multi-million-pound funding to design, implement and deliver a Smart Meter Research Portal for enabling next generation research into household energy consumption. This infrastructure will be delivered on a Hadoop big data platform using innovative and leading-edge data technologies like Apache Spark and ElasticSearch.

We are seeking a Senior Developer to join a dedicated and friendly Research and Innovation team assembling, testing and implementing the building blocks of this platform to go into production at the end of 2019, a platform that will enable researchers to generate unprecedented insights into both energy and social sciences data.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get hands-on experience in a big data environment that is delivering a real project in the next two years. You will be ready to be at the heart of a game-changing project with a national profile.

Duties of the Role

The post-holder will be responsible for planning and executing innovative open-source development on the Smart Meter Research Portal (SMRP) product, working closely with the Principal Developer, Repository Architect to understand operational researcher needs and to implement machine-actionable access and privacy models.

Duties will include driving the analysis, identification, prioritisation and implementation of improvements and efficiencies; using modern standards approach throughout automation and testing in an Enterprise Hadoop environment; maintaining the security, confidentiality and integrity of SMRP through design, implementing and operating controls and management strategies to enable this; and working with SMRP and DSaaP technology stakeholders to translate service problems into technical implementation.

A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found within the job pack.

Qualifications and Skills required

The successful candidate will hold an Undergraduate or first degree in a computer-related or data-related discipline. You will also have at least two years' experience of developing application code in a production environment with Java/Scala in a Linux environment.

Candidates will have a proven track record of coding and have experience handling XML and/ or JSON data structures, and a familiarity with Linux based software. In addition, the ability to produce high quality work within deadlines exceptional attention to detail, good written and verbal communication skills in English and an ability to work independently are all essential in this role.

Whilst you may have experience working on a Hadoop environment, it's more important that you have the right aptitude and mind set for championing disruptive tech and delivering it to customers.

We particularly welcome applications from those from an ethnic minority as they are under-represented in the UK Data Service.

This post involves access to Government systems, information or data and will be subject to the staff vetting process. Further information can found in the job pack.

Closing: 25 November 2018

Location: Colchester

Salary: £40,793 - £48,676 per annum

Employment type: Fixed-term, full-time for 24 months in the first instance, due to the nature of the funding.

Further detail: Senior Developer (SMRP) job pack job pack

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