Decarbonisation Geoscientist

UKRI - NERC - BGS
This role will be based at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham
UKRI Pay Band C
starting salary is £25,702 per annum to £27,938 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Full-time - 37 hours a week (some flexible working options may be available, although please note this role is only suitable for limited hybrid/remote working)

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that belongs to UK Re search 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 hav e 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

The BGS Carbon Capture and Storage Team has an international reputation for high quality research tackling open questions in the field of geological CO2 storage. These subjec ts are especially relevant at a time when the public sector and industry is increasingly being asked to address challenges related to decarbonisation and the supply of clean energy and power.

A vacancy has arisen for an enthusiastic and highly committed geoscientist to join the CCS team within the Decarbonisation and Resource Management Challenge Area at our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.

The successful post holder will be expected to interpret geological, geophysical and petrophysical data as part of a 3D geological model-building workflow, whilst having the opportunity to develop their skills in many CO2 storage research topics. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of structural geology and experience in geophysical data interpretation. The talented individual will work with our team of interpreters and multiphase flow modellers to investigate fluid processes in the subsurface and address challe nges in low-carbon geoenergy research.

In addition, the selected candidate will contribute to written reports and publications, have the opportunity to present results at project meetings and international conferences, and support colleagues in the preparation of new grant and commercial contracts. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a modern facility with clients from across the world and learn new skills from co-workers operating in a dynamic and vibrant research community. The role brings the opportunity for national and overseas travel.

About you

Having achieved a good degree in geoscience, geology, geophysics or a numerate subject, you will have an understanding of deep sub-surface characterisation and modelling techniques used in basin analysis (e.g. seismic and well data); you will also have a demonstrable knowledge of structural geology and stratigraphy and of the role geology can play in decarbonisat ion.

We are looking for candidates with a keen interest in geological methods for decarbonisation and an ability to communicate their science effectively with scientists and non-scientists.

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 recru itment 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 October 2022. Interviews are expected to be held on site at BGS Keyworth on 2nd November 2022.

posted: 22 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.