Seismologist with Machine Learning Expertise

Seismologist with Machine Learning Expertise Engineer 

Multihazards and Resilience 

This role is based at the BGS offices in Edinburgh, which are situated on the Heriot Watt University campus

Appointment will be at UKRI Pay Band D/S2 – £39,375 per annum.

Please note that internal UKRI applicants will currently be subject to the UKRI Pay & Reward Policy & Guidance to determine their starting salary

A great benefits package is offered including an outstanding pension scheme (with an extremely generous employer contribution – on average 27% of your pay), 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 consideration of part-time working and a small amount of remote working in line with BGS policy)

Fixed Term 18-month appointment

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic seismologist with expertise in machine-learning workflows for seismic data analysis to develop enhanced earthquake catalogues to support the latest earthquake forecasting models.  The position is funded by the Digital-Twin-GEO project, https://dtgeo.eu/, an international partnership that aims to develop prototype Digital Twins for geohazards to empower discovery and promote the scientific understanding of earth processes. The work will focus on the implementation of existing workflows for demonstrator sites in Italy and the Euro-Mediterranean region, benchmarking the ML-based, enhanced catalogues and development of statistical metrics to describe their strengths/weaknesses.

About you

We are looking for candidates qualified to PhD level in a topic related to earthquake forecasting, statistical seismology or seismic hazard.  In addition, you should have research experience on the development of earthquake catalogues using machine-learning algorithms together with a broad knowledge of forecasting of earthquake sequences using high-resolution data.

This role requires excellent communication skills, both verbal and written and involves team working so you must be able to work effectively with others and have good time management skills.

Please note – you will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role. UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during your employment.

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 advise 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.

We strive to promote equality and diversity 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 CV and covering letter outlining their suitability for the role. We would stress the importance of this paperwork in our selection process.

A well thought through application providing evidence and examples of how you meet the advertised essential and desirable criteria for the post will be considered far more favourably than a generic covering letter and CV.

If you experience any issues applying for this role, please contact Recruitment@ukri.org.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23 June 2024 

Skills Specification - Criteria to be assessed at Shortlist ‘S’ and Interview ‘I’ Stage

QUALIFICATIONS 

Essential 

  • PhD degree in a topic related to earthquake forecasting, statistical seismology or seismic hazard (S) 

Desirable 

  • Working with machine-learning algorithms for earthquake detection and catalogue development within recent years (S,I)

EXPERIENCE

Essential 

  • Research experience on the development of earthquake catalogues using machine-learning algorithms and their benchmarking against standard datasets(S,I)

Desirable  

  • Familiarity with the statistical analysis of seismic catalogues(S,I)

KNOWLEDGE 

Essential 

  • Theoretical seismology and earthquake physics and predictability(S,I)

Desirable  

  • Wider knowledge of ML tools enabling high-resolution earthquake catalog development(S,I)
  • Knowledge of how forecasting approaches have been applied for operational forecasting, e.g. in Italy (S,I)

SKILLS & ABILITIES 

Essential 

  • Excellent presentation and communication skills including the ability to present their science clearly to (non-)scientists verbal and in writing(S,I)

PERSONAL QUALITIES 

Essential 

  • Experience in effectively managing own time and workload including multiple simultaneous tasks and in working within a mixed team of scientists in a cooperative way(S,I)

MOTIVATION 

Essential 

  • Displays an enthusiasm for their science and how this can be applied to address real problems (S,I)

About The British Geological Survey (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 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. 

How to Apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation forBGSand the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

About UKRI 

UKRI launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). 

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.  For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’  

Disability Confident Employer 

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

Additional Information

  • Organisation: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) - British Geological Survey
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract
  • External Closing Date: Jun 23, 2024
  • Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 39,375
  • Hours: Full-time

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