Hydrogeologist

UKRI - NERC - BGS
Keyworth, Nottingham
£30,782 to £33,459 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Full Time - 37 hours a week (a range of flexible working options may be available)
Permanent Appointment

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).

We have an opportunity for a talented and highly motivated Hydrogeologist to join our Groundwater Research Group based at the BGS Headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham.

About the role

BGS has an internationally leading reputation for research excellence in hydrogeology and groundwater science. A particular strength is in addressing emerging issues that have the potential to affect the availability and quality of groundwater, and the wider environment. An example of this is the increasing interest in the use and exploitation of the deep sub-surface, e.g. for extraction of shale gas and geothermal energy.

You will play a leading role in supporting the delivery of a number of BGS led, high profile UK-government, UKRI and EU funded collaborative research projects associated with shale gas development. These projects aim to improve our ability to understand and quantify the risks associated with different stages of the industrial operation and in the context of wider environmental risks.

As part of this, the research is considering the most effective methods for characterising and monitoring groundwater conditions (chemical and flow), hydrogeological property measurement and evaluating the information needs for hydrogeological/hydrochemical/risk modelling. A range of outcomes and outputs are expected, and these will play an important role in supporting the development of effective groundwater protection strategies and emerging policy.

You will also have opportunity to work on a wider range of groundwater science projects and help shape future programmes and priorities for hydrogeological research at BGS. The work will mostly be UK based, but there may also be opportunities to work overseas for short periods. An important requirement of the role is the ability to undertake periods of fieldwork.

About you

You should be educated to 2:1 or above in a relevant degree and have a PhD in a hydrogeology-related subject. A valid driving licence and willingness to drive is required.

In addition, you should have the following knowledge/skills/experience:

  • good knowledge of hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical processes and their influence on groundwater flow and quality and application to environmental problems
  • the ability to use groundwater and geochemical modelling software is very desirable
  • knowledge of UK hydrogeology
  • experience in groundwater sampling, environmental monitoring, sample analysis and hydraulic property measurement
  • experience in the design of groundwater field investigations
  • experience in developing hydrogeological conceptual models
  • excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • you should be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.

Please also refer to the specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.

What we offer

A generous benefits package is also offered, including a very competitive pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, free parking and access to flexi-time. For a salary at the top end of the advertised range, you will also need to meet the desirable criteria detailed on the TopCareer.jobs website.

Please note that any internal BGS staff applying for this post would, if successful, be appointed to new UKRI Terms and Conditions and pay.

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 selection process. 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.

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.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 28th July 2019. Interviews will be held on 4th September 2019 in Keyworth.

posted: 29 May 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.