Geomagnetic Scientist

This role is based at the BGS offices in Edinburgh, which are situated on the Heriot-Watt University campus
UKRI - 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 hybrid/remote working in line wit h BGS policy)

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced Geomagnetic Scientist to join the BGS Multi-hazards & Resilience (MHR) challenge area at our offices in Edinburgh.

The Geomagnetism Capability undertakes long-term monitoring of the Earth's magnetic field through the operation of magnetic observatories in the UK and overseas. We use worldwide land, marine, airborne and satellite data to make global models describing how the Earth's magnetic field changes in space and time and what that reveals about physical processes within the solid Earth. We also research the magnetic field changes in satellite and observatory data that result from space weather and solar activity.

We apply our science in:

  • Precision navigation for societal and industrial applications.
  • Studying the impact of space weather on ground-based technology and our environment.
  • Furthering the a cademic understanding of physical processes of the Earth.

The key duties/responsibilities you will undertake in this post include:

  • Compute regular updates to several global geomagnetic field models using the BGS High Performance Cluster and other scientific computing hardware.
  • Undertake algorithm development to fulfil BGS's commitment to the European Space Agency Swarm satellite scientific exploitation consortium.
  • Undertake scientific research into the Earth's natural magnetic fields leading to improved modelling and understanding of their sources.
  • Prepare magnetic navigation data sets for delivery of BGS magnetic referencing services to industry.
  • Provide IT support for a range of activities within the Geomagnetism science area.
  • Pursue a programme of continuing professional development as a scientific researcher.

About you

We are looking for candidates with a PhD in geophysics, space science, physics, mathematics, or a similar relevant discipline or have substantial equivalent post-graduate level work experience in a scientific or other research environment.

You will ideally be able to demonstrate some knowledge of geomagnetism and geophysical inverse theory. Furthermore, scientific programming skills in at least two languages are essential, with experience of High-Performance Computer (HPC) programming highly desirable. This post will really suit a self-motivated person with excellent communication skills and who is willing to be an active team-player as well as being able to work independently.

The position will be based in the BGS's Edinburgh office and candidates must be able to attend this office during normal working hours. The post will require you to be able to travel occasionally, both nationally and internationally for meetings and conferences.

Please also refer to the additional 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 di versity across our organisation in order 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 19th February 2023. Interviews are expected to be held in early March 2023 in Edinburgh.

posted: 10 January 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.