Location: Taunton, South West

Salary: £33,287 pa

Hours: Full time, part time, job share, flexible working

Contract: Permanent

Does the process of making hydrographic data useable and accessible to a wide range of maritime customers interest you?

Do you have the expertise to deliver technical geodetic advice to a range of stakeholders and members of the maritime community?

If so, this key role, working for the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) in our award-winning offices in Taunton, Somerset could be for you.

About UKHO

The UKHO is a leading centre for hydrography, providing marine geospatial data to inform maritime decisions. We work with a wide range of data suppliers and partners to support maritime navigation, safety, security and marine development around the UK and worldwide.

The role

You will join the Geodesy & Tides section of the Terrestrial Science Team, within the Scientific Analysis Group; a centre of excellence, responsible for the provision of advice to UKHO, the MOD and the maritime community on matters relating to tides and geodesy. The geodesy and tides databases are used across the UKHO and the data is used in a variety of UKHO products.

As Senior Geodesy Specialist, you will provide geodetic technical advice and support to UKHO teams and colleagues and more widely across the MOD and the maritime community.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing the analysis and processing of geodetic and survey data into a range of databases for onward use in products and services
  • Preparing and delivering geodetic training to UKHO staff
  • Managing and developing the geodetic databases and data management processes to meet the requirements of the UKHO
  • Providing geodetic technical advice and support on UKHO projects and to UKHO customers
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of coordinate reference systems and their use within GIS systems
  • Assisting with the validation and appraisal of the geodetic content of incoming hydrographic surveys
  • Assisting with the writing and maintenance of defence geodetic & positioning system SOP
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of positioning system developments to ensure UKHO remains fully aware of new developments and their impact

We are looking for a supportive team player who is also able to work with a high level of autonomy and responsibility. You will have strong analytical skills and the ability to work methodically in order to solve technical issues. You will also have the confidence to engage with a range of customers and stakeholders. An in-depth knowledge of geodesy, geodetic reference systems, map projections and geodetic theory is equally important.

In return

We will actively empower you to develop yourself and provide flexible working practices for a healthy work/life balance. You will also benefit from a brand new award winning office, with free use of our on site gym, free parking and subsidised canteen.

For a full job description, including the assessment criteria, please click the apply button to be taken to our website.
Closing date: 4:55 pm on Sunday 13th February 2022.

UKHO embraces diversity and promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident employer, which includes offering a guaranteed interview to candidates with disabilities, providing they meet the minimum selection criteria.

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UK Hydrographic Office


Senior Geodesy Specialist



Closing Date:

13 February 2022