Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC243787
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £22224 - £30600
Date Posted 09 January 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 February 2018
Interview Date

As a skilled field geologist, you should be capable of synthesising your observations and data into coherent, spatial interpretations of the rock mass and its superficial cover. You will be numerate and comfortable with modern desk-based and mobile informatics technologies. You will be able to undertake independent and team-based studies, develop innovative solutions to geological challenges and link these to applications and impacts for BGS clients and wider stakeholders.  As a confident communicator and team worker, you will be able to contribute positively to areas of your work, interacting with non-specialists, scientists and experts in other disciplines.  You will also be a confident writer and have a proven record of contributing to written outputs (e.g. technical reports, scientific papers).

The post is based in Nottingham, UK, but at times involve fieldwork in the UK away from our centres and sometimes overseas. You must be able to travel and be able to work in remote, sometimes challenging environments. A driving license valid for use in the UK is essential.


Primary Tasks:

  • collation and integrated interpretation of multi-disciplinary datasets
  • 3d geological modelling, GIS usage
  • contribution to written scientific outputs including technical reports and peer-reviewed papers, as required
  • geological fieldwork and synthesis: primary geological observation and recording, data integration and interpretation, in UK and potentially on international projects. You must be able to demonstrate good 3d acuity and fieldwork experience
  • providing geological input to a range of multidisciplinary team-based BGS projects across a range of scientific and applied geological themes, including engineering geology, urban  geoscience, geo-energy, minerals, groundwater and radio-active waste
  • develop management and leadership experience.

Other Tasks:

  • work towards appropriate professional accreditation (Chartered Geologist or similar)
  • maintain, update and acquire new technical and professional skills through on-the-job training activities and undertaking training courses
  • meet BGS and NERC corporate expectations relating to Health and Safety, appraisal and reporting, scientific conduct and ethics.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • a first or upper second class degree, or equivalent, in geology/applied geology or very closely related subject (e.g. Earth Science)
  • full driving licence, valid in the UK is required due to extensive travel with a large kit
  • demonstrable evidence for field-orientated geology
  • expertise in a relevant field of Earth Science, which may include but is not limited to: sedimentology, structural geology, engineering geology, Quaternary geology geomorphology and interpreting geophysical data
  • Good IT skills (MS office or equivalent)
  • capable of synthesising observations and data into coherent, spatial interpretations of the rock mass and its superficial cover
  • a demonstrable track record of both spoken (e.g. presentations to industry, academic workshops and conferences, public audiences) and written English (e.g. technical reports, peer reviewed publications) communications skills
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • must be self-motivated, enthusiastic and show demonstrable evidence of an ability to solve complex problems
  • able to undertake fieldwork (in the UK and potentially overseas)
  • an ability to work both individually (sometimes unsupervised), within a team and be able offer and receive constructive feedback
  • a commitment to the aims, values and ethos of the BGS
  • demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


  • postgraduate degree (either Masters-level of PhD) in relevant subject
  • achieved Chartered Geologist status or equivalent
  • relevant geoscience experience in industry – likely to take in the region of 3 years in an appropriate role to be able to demonstrate this
  • experience of geological field mapping
  • knowledge and experience of applying numerical and other quantitative techniques to geological data
  • a background and knowledge of GIS, 3D modelling or remote sensing
  • ability to present their science clearly to a wide audience including non-scientists
  • evidence of leading or managing others in scientific projects.

Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.

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