Sustainable Resource Management Specialist
UKRI - NERC - BGS
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is part of 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.
BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employs 650 people. It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.
About the role
This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic group of scientists working at the cutting edge of research into critical raw materials, vital for the renewable and zero emission technologies needed to enable the UK and global economy to respond to climate change and transition to net zero carbon.
Working within the BGS Decarbonisation and Resource Management challenge, you will help meet BGS's growing UK and global business need for specialist knowledge and experience of sustainable resource management. In particular, you will work on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues associated with extraction and processing of primary and secondary raw materials in both the UK and beyond.
An expert in this area, you will contribute to our rapidly expanding portfolio of minerals raw materials-related projects that require understanding of ESG issues to support the sustainable management of these resources. This will also be an opportunity to work with our stakeholder community which includes policy-makers, regulators, industry, campaigners, investors and wider society who are showing a strong interest in ESG aspects of extraction and processing, and issues such as the circular economy, especially related to critical raw materials associated with renewable and zero emission technologies.
With a suitable post-graduate qualification and two to three years of postgraduate experience relevant to ESG, you will contribute to developing new methods to measure progress towards sustainable mineral development, including the formulation of standards and frameworks against which the raw materials sector can be measured.
You will also contribute to development of new research ideas and funding opportunities, establishment of partnerships with other parts of BGS, academia and industry. You will also be involved in answering enquires on sustainable raw materials supply and governance, and in engaging with external stakeholders.
You will be required to travel both within the UK and overseas, including to Low- and Middle-Income Countries. The role will be suitable for hybrid office-home working (subject to BGS policy).
Please also refer to the specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.
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 will offer excellent training and development opportunities to the right candidate tailored to their specific needs and career goals
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.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 19 September 2021. Interviews are expected to be held in late September or early October 2021.