Higher/Senior Research Scientist - Hydromechanics & Fluid Flow

This role is based at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham
UKRI - Band D (or potentially Pay Band E depending on skills and experience)
Pay Band D salary begins at £31,931 per annum (Pay Band E salary, which starts at £39,748 per annum, may be payable to very strong applicants who can also demonstrate the Band E criteria set out in this advert)
A great benefits package is also offered, includin g 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, although onsite attendance is a requirement of this role)

About the role

The Transport Properties Research Laboratory has an international reputation for conducting state-of-the art experimental work relating to subsurface fluid containment. This topic is particularly relevant as it comes at a time when the public sector is being asked to address societal challenges around decarbonisation and the supply of clean energy.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and experienced senior research scientist to assist in the operation and development of the laboratory and its science, working at our Headquarters in Keyworth.

You will undertake and lead laboratory-based research investigating fluid flow and associated hydr omechanical coupling in low permeability systems and interpret resulting data in relation to research on the geological disposal of radioactive waste and underground storage. This position also includes responsibility for development of methodologies (using a range of new and existing techniques) and health and safety procedures. In addition, you will lead on the preparation of written reports and publications for existing projects, present results at project and international meetings and support colleagues in the preparation of new grant and commercial contracts.

You will have detailed knowledge of numerical modelling, its application and development, applied to subsurface geoscience problems. A consistent track record in numerical modelling would be highly desirable. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a world class facility with clients from across the world and learn new skills from colleagues working in a dynamic and vibrant research community.

About you

We are looking for candidates qualified to PhD level with a good amount of post-doctoral experience in rock/soil mechanics, or petroleum engineering. You will have extensive experience of undertaking rock/soil mechanics and/or flow experiments applied to subsurface engineering and be able to demonstrate the international importance of your research.

For a post at UKRI Band E level, candidates must also be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of rock/soil mechanics, multiphase flow behaviour and/or advanced numerical modelling approaches and its application to subsurface engineering problems (at depths greater than 200m), with a further record of applied experience. In addition, Band E candidates will have a demonstrable record of leadership and decision making, including management of project finances, leading and being accountable for resources, project leadership and project organisation. They will be expected to operate and lea d within the context of BGS' Management Systems and associated procedures (e.g., BGS Health and Safety Management System).

Candidates must have a demonstrable track record of success in the preparation and award of grants and have an extensive publication record, evidenced by a portfolio of academic publications.

A willingness to learn and develop your own skills is an essential requirement for this post at both levels. You must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and demonstrate strong evidence in time management, project and task completion and meeting challenging timescales. In addition, you should demonstrate capability in dealing with staff at all levels and be a proficient communicator (both written and verbally). Experience of using Matlab, Labview, Python, TOUGH and Latex would be beneficial, but not crucial.

The post involves team working and you should, therefore, be able to work effectively with colleagues. The post will include opportu nities to travel, both within the UK and overseas.

Please note that UK security clearance will be required to enable you to work on UK radioactive waste related topics.

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.

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, an d 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 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 co vering 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 Nottingham.

posted: 17 January 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.