International Development Hydrogeologist

3 Year Fixed Term Appointment

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 three-year fixed term appointment has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic hydrogeologist to be based at the BGS office in Edinburgh working on mainly African groundwater projects.

Working as part of a large multidisciplinary research team led by BGS, you will lead the physical hydrogeological field research for a NERC UPGro grant examining the reasons for poor functionality in rural boreholes in Africa. The work will be mostly UK based but there is a requirement to work in Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi for several weeks at a time throughout the duration of the project. The work will involve setting up detailed surveys of up to 50 boreholes in each country with partners in local universities and WaterAid. The surveys include pumping tests, downhole logging and hydrochemical sampling. You will also lead and contribute to interpretation and analysis of the data including the preparation of technical reports, scientific publications and presentations. There will also be the opportunity to be involved in other Groundwater Science projects, both in the UK and abroad.

You should be educated to 2:1 or above in a relevant degree and have a PhD in a groundwater related subject. In addition you must possess excellent numeracy and communication skills and a proven record of scientific publication. The post involves team working and spending extended periods undertaking fieldwork overseas, therefore you should be able to travel, work effectively with others, have good time management skills and hold a valid driving licence.

Starting salary will be between 28,200 per annum to 30,600 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. 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.

Applications are managed by the UK Shared Business Services; to apply for this post please visit our job board at and complete an online application. 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 IRC237609

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 11 December 2016.

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 organization 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: 11 November 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.