Soil / Environmental Scientist

UKRI - NERC
Nottingham
24,435 to 26,560 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Full Time
Fixed Term Appointment (3 years)

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is housed in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally. It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts.

A vacancy has arisen for a flexible and highly motivated Soil Scientist (along with broader environmental science contributions).

Soil science within the BGS Groundwater Science Directorate has a reputation for research excellence in a broad range of soil related processes. Many projects are undertaken in collaboration with leading university departments and a variety of industrial partners. Our research aims to better understand and model soil systems to enable the long-term sustainable use of the UK soil resource, especially with respect to how it responds to changing environmental and anthropogenic stresses.

About the role

With proven experience of and a passion for environmental science, your work will include:

  • undertaking fieldwork and laboratory analysis of soil and water samples, with an emphasis on soil geochemical and soil physical measurements
  • assisting with the design and implementation of fieldwork relating to UK and overseas projects
  • collation and management of data, quantitative analysis and interpretation using approved data processing, interpretation and visualisation software packages
  • preparation of project technical reports and support to proposal writing, scientific papers and knowledge dissemination
  • presenting scientific results to colleagues and at conferences or to clients and collaborators
  • involvement with developing project proposals and bids, and ensuring projects are delivered on time.

The work will mostly be UK based but there may also be opportunities to work overseas for short periods of time.

About you

Experience in soil physics and chemistry would be advantageous and will be able to collaborate with other academic and industrial partners.

As part of a large group of geoscientists in BGS, you will be expected to share your knowledge and contribute to the development of new research ideas and projects - therefore a good understanding of soil and wider hydrological/environmental challenges we face, and of the role of science in addressing the knowledge gaps, is highly desirable.

You should be educated to 2:1 in a relevant science degree and have an MSc or PhD in a numerate discipline or have significant relevant industry or academic experience. In addition, you must possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

What we offer

A generous benefits package is also offered, including a very competitive pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays and access to flexi-time.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 23rd November 2018.


posted: 02 November 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.