UKRI - NERC - BGS
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is part of 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 undertakes applied research on 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.
BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employs 650 people. It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.
A vacancy has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic hydrogeologist based within the Environmental Change Adaptation & Resilience (ECAR) Science Area at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire.
About the role
You will work as part of a team of groundwater specialists and other geoscience staff on a range of groundwater-related projects, funded either directly by national capability funding or through external income. Your role will involve assisting in the design of, and participating in, groundwater field investigations, undertaking quantitative analysis and interpretation of hydrogeological results, contributing to technical reports, papers and web dissemination, and communication with collaborators and clients.
Although part of a team, you will be expected to work on tasks independently when required and the activities will involve periods of fieldwork, desk study and some laboratory-based work.
The role provides opportunities for development of skills in technical writing, use of a range of statistical, analytical, graphical and mapping software and presentation of research to a range of stakeholders.
You will be a recent MSc Hydrogeology graduate with BSc in a related subject to 2:1 or higher; you may also have some additional work experience in hydrogeology or a related field.
You will possess excellent numeracy skills including evidence of data and statistical analysis and excellent communication skills, both oral and written. You must be able to work effectively as part of a team and have good time-management skills.
The work will be mostly UK based but you may be required to work overseas for short periods of time. You will also occasionally need to be able to travel between the BGS offices in the UK, hold a valid full driving licence and be willing to drive in the UK as part of the role.
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.
All staff have access to a platform of learning and development opportunities and where appropriate to the role, technical/specialist training.
We also offer the 'Bike to Work' scheme, free parking, health and wellbeing support, social clubs and on-site sports facilities.
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 being handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.
Closing date for applications is 30th August 2021. Interviews to be held in September 2021.