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Software Developer

The Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network works closely with the water sector, from utilities through users, technology developers and academics, to government agencies. There is an enormous amount of activity in the sector but no simple way of navigating it to allow interested parties to find their way around and see connections.

An attempt to capture this in a simple mind-mapping tool quickly revealed that there was a need for something more sophisticated.

Using the innovative SharpCloud relational database software system the intern will develop an online environment that allows users to populate the database with information relating to their organisations, collaborations, details of personnel and projects and thereby create an ‘information ecosystem’ that allows interested parties to navigate their way around this complex sector.

A start has been made on the development of the system and so the successful candidate will not be beginning from scratch. The previous intern has now been taken on via a longer contract and will be available for consultation but is no longer assigned to this project.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Water Theme Leader, who has a hot desk at Lancaster Environment Centre, to develop protocols for organising and linking information and will input sufficient data to build the database to a point at which it can be recognised as a valuable product that can be adopted (and funded) by the user community.

This internship is for a period of 12 weeks and is part-funded by Lancaster Environment Centre.

Skills required


Familiarity with and confidence using databases
Confident working in a self-directed capacity
Questioning and unafraid to challenge the status quo


Experience of handling data and other sources of information
Computing/information management/informatics or a subject in which those form a significant element
Interest in the water sector

Further information


Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network
The Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network is funded by the Technology Strategy Board (the UK’s ‘Innovation Agency’) to accelerate the UK's transition to a low carbon, resource and energy efficient economy by connecting businesses, universities, other research organisations and government agencies, and catalysing innovation across a wide range of environmental technologies.


Gordon Manley Building , Lancaster Environment Centre , Lancaster University , Bailrigg , Lancaster , LA1 4YQ

Hourly rate

£6.31 (plus holiday pay)

Closing date

Sun 11th May 2014

Interview date

Mon 19th May 2014