Job Title: Data Technologist
Post Type: Permanent
A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled. The panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.
Location: Department of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis, Ashtown Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15.
Reporting to: Head of Department, Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department or other such manager as may be identified from time to time.
Grade/Salary: Technologist Grade 1, with a starting salary of €32,729 per annum. The current salary scale is €32,729 to €63,700.
Starting pay will be at the minimum of the scale per Government Circular E100/8/82. Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with current or recent previous service in the public sector (including Teagasc), subject to meeting the criteria as set out by Government.
Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government Policy.
Basic Function: The Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis (AFBSA) Department in Teagasc generates large amounts of data both derived from and for research purposes. These data are largely geo-informatic in nature such as GIS, Earth observation image data, UAV, etc., but also include significant amounts of survey and demographic data. We are seeking a geospatial data specialist to help create, manage and share these data both in-house within Teagasc and with external stakeholders. As AFBSA (and Teagasc) move into the area of “Big Data”, research outcomes will increasingly depend on our ability to mine these data for solutions to problems that were not the original focus of research. The data technologist will understand how to manage large datasets in the context of research data mining. They will help in the design of data processing systems dealing with data stores that change and update daily and help ensure that AFBSA data holdings meet industry standards for quality and reliability.
Background: The Rural Economy and Development Programme (REDP) (of which the Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department is a part) is a research programme of Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, whose primary mandate is to conduct research on topics related to agricultural, food, rural development and environmental issues. It is situated at Ashtown in Dublin and in Teagasc’s Mellows Campus in Athenry near Galway City. The Programme consists of around 60 staff and 20 PhD students, divided into the following Departments:
Agri-food Business and Spatial Analysis
Agricultural Economics and Farm Surveys
Knowledge Transfer Farm Management and Rural Development
The successful candidate will join a team of researchers acknowledged as national leaders in the social and geographic analysis of a wide range of data formats and sources related to agriculture. The team works across a wide range of disciplines from earth observation of agricultural production to understanding consumer preferences for healthy foods.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
· Maintain existing databases and data stores.
· Design new data integration and ingestion methods.
· Responsible for data discovery and sharing in a geospatial environment.
· Work with REDP researchers in new data mining methodologies.
· Assist in survey design by AFBSA researchers.
· Provide ongoing technical management of corporate GIS infrastructure in line with INSPIRE Directive and SI No. 382/2010.
· Actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) process.
· Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and Action Plan.
· Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.
· Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. It will be reviewed from time to time with the post-holder.
Note: The ‘Essential’ qualifications, skills and knowledge outlined below are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the shortlisting process.
How to Apply
An Application Form for this position can be accessed on the Teagasc website at www.teagasc.ie/careers.
Completed Application Forms should TYPED, saved in PDF format and be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12 midnight on Wednesday 27th September 2017.
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