Chief Geologist - Wales

Based in Cardiff

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is a global leader in geoscience research, and a major provider of geological advice and information in the United Kingdom and beyond. The BGS has a broad and growing portfolio of applied geoscience in Wales. This includes urban, coalfield and orefield development and regeneration, geothermal energy, nuclear new build, coastal management, unconventional and renewable energy, environmental and geohazard topics. The focus of this work is a small team of BGS scientists based in our BGS Wales office, soon to re-locate on the Cardiff University Campus. An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead this team and further develop the BGS contribution to applied geoscience in Wales and South West England.

Reporting directly to the Science Director for BGS Wales, you will implement the portfolio of BGS geoscience in Wales and SW England, and develop the BGS Research Partnership in environmental geoscience with Cardiff University. As Chief Geologist Wales you will enhance the quality and accessibility of spatial geoscience data and knowledge in Wales and SW England and contribute to the BGS National Geological Model. You will also manage the operational delivery of responsive geological services and advice to the public, government and industry in Wales and SW England. You will ensure that you and your team contribute to the development and delivery of the wider BGS strategy and science programme, including BGS projects overseas.

You will have a 2:I degree or above in Geology or a similar subject (Earth Science), and significant experience relevant to the role. A PhD in a relevant geological research topic is desirable, but not essential. Founded on a broad understanding of the regional geology of the UK, you will have a thorough appreciation of topical geoscience issues and the associated societal challenges, research questions and funding opportunities. You must be able to demonstrate research team and project management experience and a track record of winning funding for scientific projects or grants.

Aside from presenting an excellent opportunity to lead the BGS Wales Team, you will also be encouraged to develop you own research interests within an exciting and vibrant applied geoscience research environment.

Starting salary will be between 35,220 per annum and 38,254 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.

Applications are managed by UKSBS; to apply for this post please visit our job board at and complete an online application. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, Please quote reference number IRC236889.

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 30 November 2016.

The Natural Environment Research Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organization and has achieved Bronze status for Athena SWAN - a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

posted: 08 November 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.