Space Weather Scientist

This role will be based at the BGS offices in Edinburgh, which are located on the Heriot-Watt University campus
Appointment will be at UKRI Pay Band D
Salary range is 31,931 to 34,709 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Full-time - 37 hours a week
A range of flexible working options may be available
Fixed-term appointment (2 years)

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and is affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey whose core mission is to inform government of science related to the subsurface and to undertake applied research to solve earth and environmental issues, both in the UK and globally. It is funded directly by UKRI, as well as through research grants and 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, has close links with 40 universities, and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity across our organisation in order to continuously improve our scientific and organisational effectiveness. As such, we aim to have a workforce with employees from all backgrounds with people who are passionate about earth science and who share our commitment to work for the good of the environment and the benefit of society.

We will actively seek to avoid discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, race, sex or sexual orientation, being trans or a member of the non-binary community, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave or religion.

The British Geological Survey has achieved Bronze status for Athena SWAN - a scheme that recognises an organisation's commitment and progress in developing a diverse and inclusive workforce; we are also committed to the Disability Confident framework and, as part of UKRI, are members of Inclusive Employers.

BGS is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Space Weather Research Scientist to join the Geomagnetism Capability, which is part of the Multi-hazards and Resilience challenge area, and is based in our offices in Edinburgh.

About the role

The Geomagnetism Capability ( undertakes long-term monitoring of the Earth's magnetic field through the operation of magnetic observatories in the UK and overseas. We research the magnetic field changes in satellite and observatory data that result from space weather and solar activity.

We use worldwide land, marine, airborne and satellite data to make global models describing how the Earth's magnetic field changes in space and time and what that reveals about physical processes within the solid Earth as well as the near-Earth environment.

We apply our science in:

  • Global study of the magnetic field using satellite and observatory data, particularly variation of the external (ionospheric and magnetospheric) fields created by space weather.
  • Studying the impact of space weather on ground-based technology and our environment.

The specific tasks of the successful applicant will be to:

  • Undertake algorithm development to fulfil BGS's commitment to the European Space Agency Swarm satellite scientific exploitation consortium for real-time space weather applications.
  • Undertake scientific research into the Earth's natural magnetic fields leading to improved modelling and understanding of the external sources.
  • Undertake research into geoelectric field modelling and its effects on grounded infrastructure.

About you

Candidates should have a PhD in geophysics, space science, physics or mathematics, or similar relevant discipline, or equivalent post-graduate level experience in a scientific or other research environment.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate some knowledge of geomagnetism and space weather. Furthermore, scientific programming skills in at least two languages are essential, with experience of version control software desirable. This post will suit a self-motivated candidate with excellent communication skills and who is willing to be an active team-player.

The position will be based in the BGS's Edinburgh office and candidates must be able to attend this office during normal working hours. The post requires the ability to occasionally travel both nationally and internationally for meetings and conferences.

There may also be the opportunity for field work within the UK. Flexible working (remotely up to two days per week) can be considered once the probation period (six months) has been completed.

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, and access to flexi-time.

We also offer the 'Bike to Work' scheme, free car parking, health and wellbeing support and sports/social clubs.

All staff have access to a platform of learning and development opportunities and where appropriate to the role, technical/specialist training.

BGS provides a range of flexible working options including flexible working patterns, compressed hours and home working so if you have a need for flexibility, please raise this in the recruitment process when your needs, balanced with the requirements of the role, will be fully considered.

Please note that any internal BGS staff applying for this post would, if successful, be appointed to new UKRI Terms and Conditions and pay.

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 being handled by UK Shared Business Services. To apply, please click Apply Now.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 18th May 2022. Interviews are expected to be held in early June 2022.

posted: 26 April 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.