Geothermal Scientist / Hydrogeologist

UKRI - NERC - BGS
The role can be based at either the BGS offices in Edinburgh or the BGS headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham
Appointment will be at UKRI Pay Band D
Pay Band D salary is from £31,931 per annum to £34,709 per annum
Full-time - 37 hours a week (a range of flexible working options may be available including hybrid working, which BGS is currently trialling)
Permanent appointment

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience researc h 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 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.

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. BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.

A vacancy has arisen for a motivated and suitably experienced Geothermal Scientis t / Hydrogeologist to join the Decarbonisation & Resource Management (DRM) Science Area at either the BGS offices in Edinburgh which are located on the Heriot-Watt University campus or the BGS headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.

About the role

The role requires a scientist with strong numerical/ modelling skills to join the team of BGS geothermal energy researchers, working across a range sites and projects, including the UK Geoenergy Observatories. Supporting a growing portfolio of geothermal energy projects, you will provide geothermal, hydrogeological and modelling expertise to existing projects as well as develop new research ideas and collaborations.

Duties include:

  • Contribution to different geothermal research and commercial projects in BGS, including the Clean Power: Heat-Cool topic, Energy Storage topic and UK Geoenergy Observatories.
  • Borehole/well field data collection, designing and implementing environmental monitoring strategies/ reso urce characterisation/resource sustainability programmes for different geothermal systems.
  • Developing and applying groundwater/mathematical models, and data analysis techniques to understand fluid flow and heat transport in different hydrogeological / geothermal systems.
  • Lead and contribute to the development of new research ideas and projects, and external income.
  • Building connections across a range of projects and identify opportunities for collaboration within/ across BGS as well as with external partners (e.g., Local authorities, The Coal Authority, the International Energy Agency, Universities, public bodies and regulators and industry).

You will also be expected to:

  • Liaise with colleagues across the organisation and outside the direct work team, to coordinate fieldwork and deliver project outputs.
  • Give presentations and present BGS at scientific meetings to disseminate BGS project and science outputs.
  • A ttend external meetings with a range of stakeholders and/or clients as part of commercial projects or to support BGS' public role.
  • Contribute to and write specialist academic research papers to disseminate BGS science outputs.
  • Initiate new contacts and collaborations within and outside of BGS to support a growing network of collaborators.

About you

You should be educated to degree level (at least 2:1) in a relevant subject and either have a relevant MSc plus industry experience or a relevant PhD.

This is a versatile role in an area of growing relevance and you will have the opportunity to support UK decarbonisation efforts, contributing to a range of geothermal projects.

Previous experience of working in field of geothermal energy is highly desirable.

The work will be mostly UK based but there will likely be opportunities to travel for fieldwork and research purpose (e.g. conference attendance).

Please also refe r 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, 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 co nsidered 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.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 29 August 2021. Interviews are expected to be held in late September 2021.

BGS provides a range of flexible working options including flexible working patterns, compressed hours and home working so if you have a need for flexibility, please raise this in the recruitment process when your needs, balanced with the requirements of the role, will be fully considered.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity across our organisation as well as across all areas of our science community. As such, we aim to have a workforce with employees from all backgrounds with people who are passionate about earth science and who share our commitment to work for the good of the environment and the benefit of society.

We will actively seek to avoid di scrimination on the grounds of age, disability, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), sex or sexual orientation, being trans or a member of the non-binary community, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave or religion. The British Geological Survey and has achieved Bronze status for Athena SWAN - a scheme that recognises an organisation's commitment and progress in developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.

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