Environmental Chemist

£30,782 to £33,459 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Fixed Term Appointment (3 years)

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is housed in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally. It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts.

We have an opportunity for a talented Environmental Chemist to join the BGS Inorganic Geochemistry Group based in our headquarters in Nottingham.

About the role

You will contribute to the continued realignment of the laboratory for changing scientific and commercial priorities to explore biogeochemistry pollutant pathways and food security projects.

This will require the operation of ICP-MS instruments for specialist applications, including element speciation; experimental design for understanding geochemical pathways of potentially harmful elements or micronutrients, using tracer methods.

There will be overseas fieldwork for Geochemistry and Health projects in Africa as well as handling complex instrument software, statistical packages and contributing to grant proposals with our network of collaborators in the UK and overseas.

The main tasks of this role will be to:

  • carry out Inorganic Chemistry analyses, encompassing the operation, scheduling/use of staff resources and maintenance of key ICP-MS instruments
  • to grow an external network to develop the outputs of the laboratory, contribute to strategy development and funding opportunities within Inorganic Geochemistry
  • to contribute to training overseas visitors to the Keyworth site and carry out training to stakeholders whilst on overseas fieldwork trips
  • to lead on and contribute to external peer-review publications in order to support the successful realignment of the laboratory to the new BGS Science Strategy.

About you

You should have a postgraduate qualification in Environmental Sciences/Chemistry and/or substantial relevant work experience.

You will be self-motivated with excellent communication skills and willing to be an active team player - as the team needs greater capability for experimental design, higher value and more complex laboratory analyses with interpretation to enable it to target research oriented funding and continue to build a strong peer review track record.

What we offer

A generous benefits package is also offered, including a very competitive pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, free parking and access to flexi-time.

We also offer the 'Bike to Work' scheme, free parking, health and wellbeing support, social clubs and on-site sports facilities.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. We would stress the importance of this paperwork in our selection process. A well thought through application addressing the advertised essential and desirable criteria for the post will be considered far more favourably than a generic covering letter and CV.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5 July 2019. Interviews will take place in mid July 2019 in Keyworth.

posted: 29 May 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.