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Software Specialist (Core)

Requisition ID:  2381

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942.00 - £32,817.00 

Closing Date: 2 March 2020


The Role


The position of Software Specialist for the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) plays a vital role in supporting the Centre’s technical effort. You are responsible for contributing to and assisting with the delivery of technical projects and is expected to proactively collaborate with client organisations, supporting the use of relevant technologies and helping to transfer the relevant skills into the organisation.

The role has an additional focus on the area of developing and delivering learning materials on data science for activities and events that can raise awareness, educate and support the NICD community.

For informal enquiries, please contact Barry Hodgson barry.hodgson@newcastle.ac.uk.


Key Accountabilities

  • Responsible for supporting the delivery of NICD projects, helping to develop and support collaborating client organisations by assisting in the transfer of technical skills.
  • Actively participate in NICD project reviews with the aim of selecting technically feasible projects with the potential to transform organisations.
  • Contribute to the selection and use of NICD software and data infrastructure, including technologies for version control, continuous integration, deployment and code review.
  • Collaborate with clients to develop appropriate technical solutions to business problems relating to data.
  • Provide advice and assistance to clients and colleagues in problem-solving relating to NICD activities.
  • Present work and provide updates, including the effective communication of complex or technical information, at project meetings and events.
  • rovide training and support for NICD technical staff and client collaborators to ensure effective use of relevant technologies.
  • Explore commonalities between NICD projects to learn from engagements in order to create repeatable processes.
  • Represent NICD and disseminate information about NICD and its work at national and international events.
  • Contribute to learning and development at NICD through the research, development and delivery of relevant learning materials for activities and events that educate and support the NICD community.
  • Maintain and develop knowledge through training and development activities to keep abreast of the latest/most relevant technologies.
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Software development experience in a commercial or research environment. (Essential)
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Machine Learning / Data analytics, Maths/Statistics, Data pre-processing and cleaning, Data visualisation. (Essential)
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to present complex or technical information and the ability to work with others to understand technical and user requirements. (Essential)
  • Understanding of a range of data analytics methods and tools. (Essential)
  • Understanding of software development tools and methodologies, including programming languages, documentation, testing, version control, issue tracking, and continuous integration. (Essential)
  • Ability to manage own work, including planning and execution. (Essential)
  • Experience of developing and delivering learning materials in science-based subjects. (Essential)
  • Experience of working in wide variety of application domains. (Desirable)
  • Experience with commercial data exploration tools, e.g. PowerBI, Tableau, Alteryx, Qlik Analytics, Agile methodologies. (Desirable)
  • Experience of Cloud Computing. (Desirable)
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Software development (Web development (HTML, JS, CSS), Server development (e.g. Java, Python, .Net), Database administration (RDBMS, NoSQL)), DevOps (CI, containerisation, build tools). (Desirable)
  • Cross-organisation collaboration on software development projects. (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour


Delivering Service

  • Works continually towards achieving success through understanding and meeting or exceeding the expectations of project collaborators, the University, students, colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Is enthusiastic in getting the job done on time and demonstrates high energy and commitment to the delivery of excellent service.


Finding Solutions

  • Generates a range of viable options and decides on an appropriate course of action that best fits organisational and area goals.
  • Encourages creative and innovative thinking in self and others and makes decisions based on understanding the wider organisational needs and having considered a range of possible options.


Team Working

  • Operates in a number of different teams and groups across the organisation, confident in adopting a range of team roles.
  • Looks at ways of developing cross functional co-operation and support and looks to build alliances and relationships outside of the group.


Understanding Others

  • Understands individual or group motives, understands the culture of a particular area, school or faculty.
  • Is able to quickly and effectively learn the methods and language used within other groups.


Planning and Organising

  • Works in a planned and structured way, uses own and others’ time effectively.
  • Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives.
  • Quickly identifies what is important and prioritises accordingly whilst monitoring and controlling work flow of teams.



  • MSc (or higher award) in computing science or a closely related discipline. (Essential)
  • PhD award (or nearing completion) computing science or a closely related discipline. (Desirable)



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 2381