Hydrogeologist

UKRI - NERC - BGS
Wallingford, Oxfordshire
24,777 to 26,932 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).

It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interface with the wider environment, 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.

We currently have an opportunity for a talented and highly motivated Hydrogeologist to join one of our groundwater research groups based at the BGS in Wallingford, Oxfordshire to work on projects addressing challenge of environmental change, adaption and resilience.

About the role

You will take a leading role in supporting the delivery of a number of BGS-led, high profile, UKRI- and UK government, and EU-funded collaborative research projects related to the long-term sustainability of groundwater resources under environmental change both in the UK and internationally.

Activities will vary from project-to-project, but will include processing, modelling and visualisation of large environmental datasets, field data and information capture including groundwater monitoring, and the preparation of reports and publications for the peer-reviewed literature.

Working closely with our partners, the work will contribute to maximising the use of BGS data and its improved management, reducing uncertainties in the management of groundwater resources under environmental change, and to improved responses to extreme events such as floods and droughts.

About you

You should be educated to 2:1 or above in a relevant degree and have an MSc in hydrogeology, environmental studies or a related subject.

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

  • The ability to manipulate and visualise large environmental datasets using packages such as R or Matlab, MS Access and ArcGIS
  • An interest in working with large datasets to extract information to support innovative research
  • Good knowledge of hydrogeological processes and their influence on groundwater resources and application to environmental problems
  • Knowledge of UK hydrogeology
  • Knowledge of environmental field monitoring and hydraulic property measurement.

The work will mostly be UK-based, but there may also be opportunities to work overseas for short periods. Consequently, a requirement of the role is the ability to undertake periods of fieldwork both in the UK and internationally. A valid driving licence and willingness to drive is required, as you will be travelling to remote areas carrying out fieldwork.

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 and access to flexi-time. We also offer the 'Bike to Work' scheme and health and wellbeing support.

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 13th September 2019. Interviews will be held week commencing 30th September 2019 in Wallingford.

posted: 20 August 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.