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Climate Data Analyst, a fixed term role within the Climate Change Research Group (CCRG) at Forest Research (FR). Working on resilience of commercial and native forestry species to climate change.

The post holder will be a member of the Climate Science Research Group, within the Centre for Sustainable Forestry & Climate Change (CSF&CC). This is one of two thematic research centres within FR. CSF&CC focuses strongly on applied interdisciplinary research, to provide evidence to underpin sustainable management of Britain’s trees, woods and forests.

CCRG develops scientific understanding and synthesises research into practical advice relating to the management and use of trees and forests in adaptation and mitigation of climate change and the impacts of climate on forest function. The research underpins efforts to reduce risk and improve resilience of the UK forestry sector.

The team comprises fifteen staff in science and technical roles. CCRG researchers focus on assessing resilience and understanding GHG balance of forest systems across two broad thematic work areas: firstly, climate mitigation and secondly, climate adaptation.  The group publishes widely in a range of high impact forest science, environmental and policy related journals. We are actively involved in UKRI funded science and training of new scientists via PhD’s.

CCRG is seeking to appoint, on a fixed term basis, a Climate Data Analyst. To undertake and support the group’s research on the resilience of commercial and native forestry species to future climate change. There will be a focus on applied research; data products and spatial data outputs with web delivery in support of modelling activities and to support to other science groups.

The role will focus on data analyst activities working with UKCP18 climate data to inform forest modelling and decision support. The successful applicant will therefore be proficient in R or similar statistical / modelling packages. With experience of the management and analysis of environmental datasets (e.g. historic Met Office data and UKCP18 projections). The successful applicant will be expected to implement data warehousing and data product delivery, including coding, geospatial tools and integration of tools and data with web portals in line with user requirements and specifications. This might include deriving datasets at different spatial and temporal scales, for example taking daily precipitation data and aligning it to the needs of models that require information as 30-year averages or the derivation of additional climate variables, and the provision of user facing tools to access forest growth models which use data to provide estimates of forest productivity.

The role can be based in Alice Holt Research Station, Farnham GU10 4LH or Northern Research Station, Roslin, EH25 9SY. Blended working gives you the option to work some of the week from home, and some from the workplace. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. See further details about our locations via this link.

Want to work at the cutting edge of environmental science?  Passionate about making a difference and playing your part in tackling the climate and nature crisis?  FR is all about giving top quality evidence and advice to policymakers and practitioners to make a positive impact on the ground. Internationally recognised, we need people who have the skills and passion to work on excellent science and provide practical solutions for nature.

We’re small enough that your voice is heard, yet large enough, as part of the Forestry Commission, that we have everything on hand to get the job done, as well as a variety of career pathways.  Our staff are dedicated to their work and sharing it with others to bring positive change for our planet.  And you will find us a flexible and inclusive employer, so you can have a work life balance that is tailor-made to your circumstances. So, whether it’s climate or carbon, pests or pathogens, behaviour or biodiversity that interests you, you can be assured of a warm welcome to the team. To find out further information, visit

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