Jobs at ICES

Vacancy for Data Programmer/Analyst

We are seeking a programmer to join our Data and Information team in Copenhagen.
Published: 27 March 2020

​​​​The Data Programmer will be supporting the acoustic and bottom trawl survey data acquisition and processing. The successful candidate will possess a mix of technical skills related to programming languages, but also to databases, project work and the application development cycle. A good technical knowledge in Microsoft Visual Studio, client side languages and some relevant work experience will be required.

The ICES Data Centre maintains some of the world's largest databases on marine fisheries, oceanography, and the marine environment, and is part of a global network of distributed data centres. The ICES network of scientists use online collaboration tools, such as Microsoft SharePoint which are provided by and supported through the ICES IT team.

​Key responsibilities

  • Transforming user stories into deployed solutions
  • Redesigning existing solutions under the supervision of data scientists/analysts
  • Identifying gaps in processes, debugging and error catching of major data centre programmes and contributing to resolve them

​We are looking for someone who has good technical knowledge in a variety of programming languages, and a willingness to develop specifications with end users to deliver solutions. The tasks will either be new-builds or redesigns and recoding of existing solutions, and therefore the person should be willing to step into existing code and problem solve. While you will be supported by an experienced team member, it is expected that you will work independently, and contribute to the development process and produce results as a member of the Data and Information team. The applicant should possess excellent skills in both oral and written communication in English, as this is the working language of the organisation.

Required competences

  • Excellent knowledge of ASP.NET, C#, VB and XML Web Services, Visual Studio
  • Good front end skills (JavaScript, HTML and CSS etc.)
  • Good knowledge of database systems, preferably MS-SQL
  • Knowledge of R script environment, Git/GitHub

​Terms of appointment

The appointment will be full-time, for a four-year contract period starting as soon as possible, preferably before June 2020.

ICES Secretariat staff enjoy privileges and immunities pursuant to the Host Agreement between the Government of Denmark and ICES. The salary for this role is situated at the “P1" grade which is exempt from Danish income tax and is based on, but not identical to, the United Nations common salary system.  A tax-free pension scheme is available. 

The ICES Staff Rules set out the conditions and principles of employment and the responsibilities of the staff of the ICES Secretariat.


If you feel you have the professional and personal qualities and potential we are looking for, please submit your application (CV and cover letter) via e-mail to
no later than 5 April 2020. Please mark your email and application documents “202003 Data Programmer"

Questions about this vacancy may be directed to Head of Data and Information Neil Holdsworth.

​ICES is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

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