MARINE ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST
UKRI - NERC - BGS
This role 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 amount of hybrid/remote working, which BGS is currently
Fixed-term appointment (3 years)
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 u niversities, 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 memb ers of
About the role
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and highly motivated
Marine Engineering Geologist to join the BGS Environmental Change, Adaptation
& Resilience (ECAR) challenge area at our offices in Edinburgh.
As a Marine Engineering Geologist, you will participate in projects for the
offshore renewables industry and provide input into BGS's marine geohazard
You will be required to undertake the detailed analysis and interpretation of
a variety of datasets including geotechnical and geophysical logs and
borehole data, and their integration with geological interpretations. This
will require you to undertake the detailed analysis and interpretation of
geotechnical laboratory and in-situ testing results, effectively integrating
these data with seismostratigraphic interpretations to develop scientifically
robust, processed based "ground models" which can be used to inform
the planning and in stallation of offshore infrastructure (windfarms, tidal,
In addition, you will also be expected to become involved in the analysis of
these datasets contributing to the 2D and 3D modelling of the subsurface and
contemporary marine processes (e.g. mobile sediments) which underpins the
strong research portfolios carried out by the BGS Seafloor, Coasts and
You should be educated to degree level in a subject related to engineering
geology/marine geoscience or have equivalent industry experience in the
analysis and interpretation of Cone Penetration Test (CPT) profiles and
associated derived outputs e.g. Soil Behaviour Type (SBT), and geotechnical
laboratory results in relation to seismostratigraphic units.
You should also have evidence of your ability to use specialist seismic
analysis software applications (e.g. Kingdom Suite, Petrel). In addition, you
must possess excellent communication skills, both wr itten and verbal.
The post involves team working, therefore you should be able to work flexibly
and effectively with others, have good time management skills and be able to
work on several tasks concurrently.
This role will also 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 larger 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
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 platf orm of learning and development
opportunities and where appropriate to the role, technical/specialist
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
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.