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Data Research Developer

Posted 6 March by Jisc Easy Apply Featured Ended

Data Research Developer

Salary: from £31,000 per annum

Location: Manchester or London (with weighting)

About us

Jisc is helping to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of innovation within UK education and research - by mobilising the very best people and technologies in the application of digital thinking, digital content and connectivity.

It's our vision to enable the UK to become the most digitally-advanced education and research nation in the world. It's a bold statement, but one that we're determined to fulfil.

About the role

You will work within the resource discovery section on the Archives Hub service.

We need you to provide a technical lead on data modelling, data ingest, data processing and data output, supporting large-scale data ingest from various sources and enabling effective interoperability.

As a Data research developer, you will provide expert guidance to help define and develop the Hub architecture and workflow. To work to translate user requirements into technical solutions, to keep abreast with technical developments, particularly around data manipulation, and to try out new and innovative solutions to data processing and presenting the content via our website.

You will also liaise with other Jisc services and projects and with external stakeholders in order to continually develop the service to meet users' needs.

This is a genuinely exciting role, and will offer the opportunity to try out new technologies and explore new ideas for discovery. You will also be working in an environment that encourages collaborative working across the organisation.

About you

We're looking for someone with:

  • A good honours degree or relevant experience in an equivalent role
  • Experience of working in discovery/information services in a technical/data processing capacity
  • Experience of contributing to and working with specifications and standards and online services in the academic and/or cultural heritage sectors
  • A good understanding of interoperability from technical, semantic and cross-domain perspectives
  • An awareness of standards and technical solutions relating to discoverability, especially within the library/archive domain, such as, Open Data and URIs
  • Knowledge of Unix to a basic level, particularly for data interrogation, and the use of version control software (Mercurial or Git)
  • Excellent skills in data analysis and manipulation involving the use of XSLT and data manipulation tools
  • Adept at use of Schematron validation language
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, in particular technical documentation, and production of clear documentation for the technical aspects of service delivery, appropriate to different audiences
  • Strong problem-solving skills and a strong team player.


  • 25 days annual leave, plus 3 extra days for our Christmas closure, in addition to eight bank holidays
  • Our generous USS contributory pension scheme (8% employee and 18% employer contribution)
  • Competitive maternity, adoption and paternity arrangements
  • Death-in-service benefit of three times salary
  • Several staff schemes including season ticket loans, childcare vouchers, cycle-to-work, eye care, employee assistance
  • Opportunity for performance-related pay progression
  • IT discounts with selected suppliers


This role will be based in Manchester or London.

Jisc is a geographically-distributed organisation and travel across the UK with occasional overnight stays will be required.

Difference is good, and here at Jisc we want to celebrate it. So regardless of your background or personal characteristics, if you are great at what you do, we want to hear from you.

No agenciesplease.

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