Research Scientist - Rock Mechanics & Physics Specialist

UKRI - NERC - BGS
This role is based at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham, please note the closing date for applications is 8th December and interviews will take place on Friday 16th December
UKRI Pay Band D - salary range is £31,931 to £34,709 (depending on qualifications and experience)
A great benefits package is also offered, including an outstanding pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, and access to flexi-time
Full-time - 37 hours a week (some flexible working options may be available including a small amount of ad hoc hybrid/remote working, however this is primarily a laboratory-based post)
Fixed-term appointment (2 years)

About the role

BGS has an exciting opportunity for a 2-year research scientist position in rock mechanics/physics in our headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham.

With proven scientific experience and a passion for rock mechanics/physics, your duties/responsibilities will include:

  • Laboratory experiments in a high pressure-high temperature rock testing apparatus, with capacity for in situ permeability measurements, using strain gauges and ultrasonic velocity sensors.
  • Compilation and analysis of laboratory test data, integrating the results and data with models.
  • Contributing to BGS deliverables in the H2020 ConcenCUS project.
  • Knowledge development on rock salt deformation, un derground gas storage, salt caverns capacity for temporary CO2 storage.
  • Write a review paper on underground storage in relation to it's potential for temporary and permanent CCS storage.
  • Communicating results and interpretation in reports, peer-reviewed scientific publications, and conferences.
  • Perform point load, UCS and/or triaxial tests for other projects in the Rock Mechanics and Physics Laboratory (RMPL).
  • Co-supervise students in the laboratory.
  • Prepare rock samples for testing as per ASTM/ISRM standards.
  • Produce analogue samples using a 3D plastic/clay printer.

Standard testing is likely to be performed but an aptitude for developing new methodologies would be highly desirable. There will be some overseas travel opportunities, mostly to participate in meetings and conferences.

You will also be provided with time to collaborate in other research projects or to develop further research lines in the Rock Mechanics and Ph ysics Laboratory.

About you

The successful candidate will be educated to at least 2:1 in a relevant Science/Engineering degree and have a PhD (or one that is near completion) in a rock mechanics/rock physics, geomechanics, petrophysics or geo-energy discipline.

Familiarity with experimental rock deformation tests is a must have for this role. In addition, somebody who has previous rock mechanics/physics laboratory experience and previous research project/s in CCS, CAES, or halite deformation would be highly desirable.

We are looking for someone with excellent project management, people, and communication skills (both verbal and written).

The post involves both individual and team-working, therefore applicants must be able to work effectively with others at all levels within and outside of the organisation.

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

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that belongs to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and is affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey whose core mission is to inform government of science related to the subsurface and to undertake applied research to solve earth and environmental issues, both in the UK and globally. It is funded directly by UKRI, as well as through research grants and 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 collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations, has close links with 40 universities, and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.

We strive to promote equality and diversity across our organisation in orde r to continuously improve our scientific and organisational efficiency. 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 dedication to work for the good of the environment and the benefit of society.

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.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 8th December 2022. Interviews will be held on Friday 16th December 2022.

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