Organisation: NERC
Organisation Detail: British Geological Survey
Reference Number: IRC234849
Location: Nottingham
Salary: 28200 - 30600
Grade: NERC-6 New
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 13 November 2016


The BGS is seeking to recruit two highly motivated scientists into its core geological teams, one to be based at BGS Keyworth near Nottingham, and the second to be based in BGS Edinburgh at the Lyell Centre, Heriot Watt University campus.

Primary Tasks:

  • geological field work and synthesis: primary geological observation and recording, data integration and interpretation, in UK and on international projects. The successful candidates must be able to demonstrate good 3d acuity and strong fieldwork experience.
  • collation and integrated interpretation of multi-disciplinary datasets
  • 3d geological model, GIS and map preparation
  • research paper and report writing, including reporting to clients, as required
  • preparation of project proposals and presentation to BGS colleagues, external partners, funding bodies and clients
  • development of research skills and technical knowledge through reading, on-the-job training, and specialist courses
  • providing geological input to a range of multidisciplinary team-based BGS projects across a range of applied geological themes, including engineering, urban geoscience, geo-energy, minerals, groundwater and radio-active waste.

Other Tasks:

  • develop research interests, specialisms and profile in line with work programme and BGS strategy
  • contribute to writing of grant applications and development of new research opportunities for BGS
  • work towards appropriate professional accreditation (Chartered Geologist or similar)
  • meet BGS and NERC corporate expectations relating to Health and Safety, appraisal and reporting, scientific conduct and ethics.

Job Requirements


  • thorough and broad geological knowledge at postgraduate level, particularly orientated towards integrated studies of regional-scale bedrock & superficial geology
  • demonstrable ability to develop conceptual spatial and temporal models of the geology of a region, integrating field observations with other geological, geophysical and remote sensing data
  • demonstrable fieldwork skills and experience
  • a first or upper second class degree in Geology or very closely related subject (e.g. Earth Science)
  • PhD (or equivalent doctoral research degree) in a field of geological research relevant to the needs of the post, OR equivalent level of relevant post-BSc/MSc training and experience in applied, field-orientated geology
  • general IT skills (Office or equivalent: facility with EXCEL)
  • demonstrable ability to manage time and project work; clear ability to prioritise and deliver
  • a demonstrable ability to respond to challenges presented by change; flexibility and adaptability (e.g. work away from office in UK and overseas), ability to rapidly acquire and use new knowledge and skills in unfamiliar areas, disciplines or applications
  • must be articulate, both in the spoken and written word: an ability to present ideas and concepts clearly and influentially to an intelligent audience
  • demonstrable evidence of an ability to solve problems with novel solutions justified by data
  • demonstrable evidence of good team working skills, either through studies or other activities; ability to appreciate the value of diverse skills and approaches beyond own specialist area
  • a full driving license, valid in the UK.


  • some demonstrable understanding and experience of one or more of the following: structural geology, sedimentology, d geological modelling, Quaternary geology, geological interpretation of geophysical data; relevant industrial experience (eg minerals, hydrocarbons, engineering geology/geotechnics)
  • some knowledge of GIS, 3d modelling or remote sensing software
  • good numerical ability (e.g. good A-level/1st year university maths, or equivalent)
  • evidence of an ability to take responsibility for self and work; self-starter
  • an understanding of when to balance autonomy in decision making with the need to consult colleagues.

Additional Details

Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays. NERC has an equal opportunities policy 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 welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

How to Apply

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.

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posted: 17 October 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.