Data Pro­gram­mer

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is an intergovernmental organization which aims to advance the scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and provide information and advice on the sustainable use of the seas. We are an international organization based in central Copenhagen with 70 staff members from 25 different countries.

ICES seeks a programmer to join its Data and Information team in Copenhagen, supporting a number of key developments in dataflows, including oceanic hydrography and biodiversity 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 its Data Centre is part of a global network of distributed data centres. The ICES network of scientists uses 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 we are looking for should be willing to step into existing code and problem solve. While you will be supported by experienced team members, 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# and Visual Studio
  • Good front end skills (JavaScript, HTML and CSS etc.)
  • Experience of relational database systems, preferably MS-SQL

Terms of appointment

You will be part of a team of fifteen data programmers, data scientists and data officers based at our Secretariat in the heart of Copenhagen. The appointment will be full-time, for a three year contract period starting as soon as possible. Due to current restrictions we are following a working from home guideline.

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 C7” grade which is exempt from Danish income tax. A tax-free pension scheme is available (%7,9 employee contribution and %15.8 employer contribution).

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 the link "Apply online" no later than 11 April 2021, midnight.

Due to the current restrictions, interviews will take place online. Questions about this vacancy may be directed to Head of Data and Information Neil Holdsworth. For more information about ICES, please visit our home page:

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

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ICES, International Council for The Exploration Of The Sea
Publiceret: 12. marts 2021


Location Copenhagen