Surface/Subsurface Hydrological Modeller

£30,357 to £32,997 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Full Time
Fixed Term - 4 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.

About the role

The Groundwater Science Directorate has a reputation for research excellence in modelling groundwater flow and transport processes within integrated environmental systems, in collaboration with leading university departments and a variety of industrial partners. We are seeking a talented modeller, with an interest in integrated hydrological and groundwater modelling, and the ability to develop and apply scientific modelling code to environmental problems.

You will principally work on two major new projects:

Community Water Management for a Liveable London (CAMELLIA)

This 5-year project aims to support water management within London by enabling the collaborative application of hydrological models and systems tools. Specifically, the role will support the development and application of a community urban hydrological model for London, integrating surface water, groundwater and infrastructure interactions, and its use within a system dynamics framework developed by our research partners.


A 5-year project to develop a new generation of terrestrial hydrological models linked to the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES), in collaboration with national and international organisations, universities and institutes working on the development of the JULES model and an associated model integration framework. Specifically, the role will be to improve the representation and parameterisation of groundwater processes in JULES and the Hydro-JULES framework, and its application at a range of space and time-scales.

About you

You should be educated to 2:1 or above in a relevant degree and have either a MSc and extensive experience, or a PhD in a related environmental modelling discipline. In addition, you should have the following knowledge/skills/experience:

  • " good knowledge of hydrological and hydrogeological processes and their representation in mathematical models
  • " the ability to develop and modify hydrological/groundwater modelling software using one or more scientific programming languages. The ability to code in C++ and/or Fortran is desirable
  • " experience in the application of numerical models to simulate the terrestrial water cycle
  • " excellent communication skills, both oral and written. The post involves team working and collaboration with external partners, therefore you should be able to work effectively with others and have good time management skills.

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

Applications are being handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 24th February 2019.

posted: 25 January 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.