Marine Geoscientist



These roles will be based at the BGS offices in Edinburgh, which are situated on the Heriot-Watt University campus

Appointment will be at UKRI Pay Band C (or Band D)

Pay Band C starting salary is £,25,702 to £27,938 per annum (Pay Band D salary, which starts at £31,931 per annum may be payable to strong applicants with a relevant Master's Degree and/or relevant industry experience)

Full-time - 37 hours a week (some flexible working options may be available, including a small amoun t of hybrid/remote working, which BGS is currently trialling)

Fixed-term appointment (3 years)

About us

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 univers ities, 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 an enthusiastic and highly motivated Marine Geoscientist to join the BGS Environmental Change, Adaptation & Resilience (ECAR) challenge area at our offices in Edinburgh.

As a Marine Geoscientist you will participate in projects for the offshore renewables industry and provide input into BGS's geological mapping of the seabed and its subsurface, providing baseline high-resolution geological geospatial datasets to enable the sustainable development of the UK continental shelf.

You will also be required to undertake the analysis and interpretation of a variety of 2D and 3D seismic datasets as well as multibeam bathymetric, backscatter and borehole data, and their integration with geological interpretations.

This will form the basis of scientifically robust, processed based "ground models" which can be used to inform the planning and installation of offshor e infrastructure (windfarms, tidal, cables).

About you

You should be educated to degree level in a subject related to earth sciences/physical geography, and/or have relevant commercial experience. You should also have evidence of your ability to use specialist seismic analysis software applications (e.g. Kingdom Suite, Petrel).

In addition, you should have excellent GIS skills, and experience of creating geological/geomorphological maps using remote sensed data would be highly desirable.

You will need to demonstrate excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and an ability to work flexibly and effectively within a team. With good time management skills, you will be able to work on several tasks concurrently.

Candidates should be aware that this post will require you to undertake offshore field work on survey vessels, potentially including day working on small survey vessels and longer 2 to 4-week assignments on lar ger ships. The role qualifies for offshore allowances and overtime payments when working extended hours and at weekends.

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 21st August 2022. Interviews are expected to be held in mid September 2022.

posted: 20 July 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.