Marine Geoscientist

Based in our Edinburgh office - on the Heriot Watt campus

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is one of the world's leading and forward thinking geological science institutes with a focus on both public good science for government and geoscientific research to understand earth and environmental processes. A vacancy has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Marine Geoscientist at the Lyell Centre in Edinburgh.

Working within the Marine Geoscience Directorate, you will develop an expertise in one or more areas of marine geoscience (e.g. sedimentary processes, geohazards, geomorphology, deep-sea minerals, coastal geoscience, engineering geology, geophysics) and build a scientific profile through publication of research. You will contribute to the work within the directorate, which has a broad remit to increase our understanding of spatial and temporal geological evolution at the coast, across the continental shelf and in the deep ocean. You will participate in the development of international science programmes by taking advantage of current funding opportunities through, for example, the Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund. You will contribute to research and innovation projects and marine research cruises, funded through grants and marine industry collaborations. You will contribute to technical reports, scientific papers and web knowledge dissemination.

A relevant geoscience degree, at least upper second, is essential. It is desirable for candidates to also hold a relevant MSc or PhD together with good knowledge and understanding of modern concepts and techniques in geology or geophysics. In addition you should be able to process and interpret complex geoscience information, and be able to convey results using excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills. You should be able to work unsupervised, to tight project deadlines and be able to adapt to changing priorities. It is also important for candidates to be willing to travel off-site or abroad regularly, take on responsibility and be a strong team player working with a variety of staff.

This post will be suitable for a new graduate or a candidate with employment or post graduate training experience.

Starting salary will be between 22,224 per annum to 30,600 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. For a salary above 28,200, candidates will have to meet the desirable criteria detailed on Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare allowance, free parking, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.

This is advertised as a full time post but we will consider applications from those who require more flexible arrangements.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services (UK SBS); to apply please visit our job board at and submit your up-to-date C.V. and covering letter, which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote reference number IRC242777.

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 18 October 2017.

From April 2018, BGS, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

The Natural Environment Research Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation and has achieved Bronze status for Athena Swan - a scheme that recognises excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

posted: 25 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.