Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Geochronology
UKRI - NERC - BGS
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that belongs to 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 strive to promote equality and diversity across our organisation in order to continuously improve our scientific and organisational efficiency. 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 dedication 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 dedication and progress in developing a diverse and broad workforce; we are also committed to the Disability Confident framework and, as part of UKRI, are members of Inclusive Employers.
About the role
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) to join the BGS Geochronology and Tracers Facility (GTF) which is part of the Decarbonisation and Resource Management challenge area to carry out research and development in the fields of geochronology and isotope tracing. This is a new post and is linked to a new BGS instrument and the development of new capabilities and science opportunities related to this significant capital investment - the NERC funded collision and reaction cell (CRC-) multi-collector (MC-) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) with MS/MS capability.
Your main duties/activities will include the following:
You will also be expected to:
You will have a good degree in geoscience, environmental science, analytical chemistry or a related discipline. You will also have a PhD in geoscience and this should be a subject related to this role.
We are looking for candidates with a keen interest and good all-round knowledge of isotope geoscience, mass spectrometry and the fundamentals of Geochronology.
It is also essential that you have proven outputs (thesis, papers and other outputs) and significant (at least 3-6 months accumulated time) experience in method development and analysis using either:
Please also refer to the specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.
What we offer
A great benefits package is also offered, including a very generous 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 (if not already on them).
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.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 18th September 2022. Interviews are expected to be held in early October 2022.