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Software Specialist (Visualisation)

Requisition ID:  2362

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 data visualisations to enhance collaborative projects, animate the Catalyst building and contribute to learning materials for the NICD community.

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


Key Accountabilities

  • Routine involvement in NICD collaborative projects.
    • 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 visualisation, data management and software deployment.
    • Provide advice and assistance to clients and colleagues in problem-solving relating to NICD activities.
    • Collaborate with clients to develop appropriate technical solutions to business problems relating to data.
    • Collaborate with clients to demonstrate how, and enable them to, get data in a suitable form to their decision maker’s desktops
  • Use data visualisations to animate the NICD building
    • Develop in-house content using data from NICD projects to present on screens around the building
    • Search out free content to present on screens around the building
    • Commission content from external sources to present on screens around the building
    • Curate a collection of digital content that could be used to animate the NICD building
  • Develop and advise on the technical equipment delivering data visualisations
    • Provide advice and assistance on the use and support of the technical equipment used to deliver NICD visualisations
  • Contribute to learning and development of visualisation
    • Present work and provide updates, including the effective communication of complex or technical information, at project meetings and events.
    • Provide training and support for NICD technical staff and client collaborators to ensure effective use of relevant visualisation technologies.
    • Represent NICD and disseminate information about NICD and its work at national and international events.
    • Contribute to learning and development at NICD through the provision of documentation, training and advice in order to support the NICD community.
    • Undertake relevant training and development activities in order to develop an awareness of own professional development needs.
    • Maintain and develop knowledge 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


  • Experience in Data visualisation ideally in one or more of the following areas: Machine Learning / Data analytics, Maths/Statistics, Data pre-processing and cleaning. (Essential)
  • Understanding of a range of data analytics methods and tools (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)
  • Ability to manage own work, including planning and execution. (Essential)
  • Software development experience in a commercial or research environment. (Desirable)
  • Experience of developing interactive exhibits using tools like D3, Unity, Unreal or similar. (Desirable)
  • Experience of working in wide variety of application domains. (Desirable)
  • Experience of Cloud Computing. (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.



  • An MSc in a computer science related discipline, or equivalent experience in the software industry. (Essential)

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: 2362