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Position: Senior Backend Developer - Data Zero


Location: Remote, UK 

Salary: Competitive

Deadline for Applications: 10 April

Term: Permanent


About the Centre for AI & Climate: 


We are a non-profit company building the tools that enable the application of machine learning and AI to accelerate climate action. We are a growing team dedicated to finding the most strategic uses for machine learning to support climate action. We build the digital tools and resources necessary to support the development of machine learning driven climate applications. 


About the project:


One of the most significant challenges in applying AI to climate action is being able to find and access the data required. To address this, we are working on the development of an online data platform that brings together data from a range of sectors, and makes it easy to find and access data relevant to the transition to net zero. 


This project is being funded by the UK Government and supported by the Canadian Government, and is being delivered in partnership with CEIMIA, a Canadian AI Centre of excellence. The role will lead the development of the product for the Centre for AI & Climate. 



As a foundational hire you will play a leading role in building and shaping the platform and team. 

You will work with existing members of the Centre for AI & Climate. You will report to CAIC’s Executive Director.




  • Lead the development of an international net-zero data platform

  • Determine the best code base and architecture for the platform 

  • Develop an MVP for a web-based climate data platform that allows users to find datasets related to the decarbonisation of the energy sector

  • Design and implement a data ingestion process for identifying and ingesting metadata on relevant datasets

  • Design and implement a function that automatically updates datasets included on the platform so that they remain current

  • Implement a function that extracts insights from datasets (variables, data range etc)

  • Implement a natural language interface using an LLM that allows users to find and understand datasets.

  • Coordinate with a front end designer, a front-end developer, and a product lead to identify, define, design and prioritise product feature development

  • Manage input from data specialists to identify and integrate data sources for the catalogue

  • Where required present publicly on the platform, and draft the occasional blog post


What Success Looks Like


We are looking for someone who wants to take ownership of delivering a data platform which empowers data scientists to find and understand data relevant to the energy sector. We are looking for someone who has both the technical skills required to develop the platform, and the product instincts required to make the project a success. Our approach to getting there is to ship fast, build iteratively, and talk to prospective users as much as possible. 


Qualifications and skills:


  • Passionate about using your skills to accelerate the transition to net zero

  • 4+ years professional development experience developing responsive, interactive web-based applications

  • Start-up mindset: relentlessly resourceful, solutions orientated, willing to move quickly, willing to learn how to do things you can’t do currently, hack things together, and willingness to adapt to changing organisational needs

  • Advanced degree in computer science or similar (preferably)

  • Strong interest and ideally some experience in data science and machine learning

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Exceptional organisational skills with attention to detail, a sense of urgency and a drive to get stuff done



The Centre for AI & Climate is a values-led organisation. We hold the following values as being especially important in delivering our mission:


  • Impact: We are in a climate crisis. We need to be highly focussed on work that can have the most impact. This means thinking big and being focussed.

  • Think differently: We need to innovate in order to accelerate the transition to net zero. We need to be continuously seeking new and better ways of doing things.

  • Obsessive user focus: Impact comes from listening carefully to those experiencing the challenges we are seeking to address, and rapidly building solutions to help them.

  • Kindness: how we do things intrinsically impacts the outcome of our work. We seek to create an internal culture and external reach based on collaboration, inclusivity and kindness.


  • 30 days of paid time off, plus UK bank holidays.

  • Paid maternity, paternity, adoption, or shared parental leave.

  • Personal learning budget of up to £500 a year, plus further role-specific training budget.

  • 5% pension matching.


How to Apply:


Please submit your CV, a cover letter, and links to products you have led the development of to Interviews will be conducted remotely. 


If you want to find out more about the role before applying, we would be happy to have an informal call to address any questions. You can book a call with us here.

Equal Opportunities


The Centre for AI and Climate is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

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