Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC245875
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £37789 - £41988
Date Posted 10 July 2018
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 10 August 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789 per annum to £41,988 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 10th August 2018
Interview Date: 30th August, 6th September, 11th September


About the role:

With proven experience of and a passion for petroleum geoscience, your work will include:

  • contribute to and lead a range of commercial and research-orientated petroleum geological projects. This will include reviews of basin-scale hydrocarbon prospectively; regional play analysis; capacity building for geoscience in developing countries and detailed source rock studies
  • provide technical expertise in petroleum geochemistry and have a detailed knowledge of hydrocarbon source generation, maturation and migration
  • work closely with BGS geochemical laboratories and other organic geochemists in our Keyworth office to meet project requirements
  • take a lead role in increasing the scientific research profile of the petroleum team through publications and high impact innovation activities
  • engage and collaborate with other academic institutions and external stakeholders to develop a strong externally funded research programme.

You will also be expected to:

  • publish scientific papers and present at conferences
  • mentor junior staff and assist in their technical development
  • communicate effectively with BGS corporate management to progress opportunities
  • participate in continued professional and personal development.

You will join an established, dynamic team of researchers who work with UK and overseas governments, other national geoscience organisations, oil company consortia and Higher Education Institutes to deliver research, geological advice and services in support of exploration and development activity in the fields of sub-surface geology, basin analysis and hydrocarbon systems. You will contribute to established projects as well as develop the team’s research portfolio.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners 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

The British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.


  • PhD in Petroleum Geoscience or a related subject.


  • extensive relevant post PhD work experience and direct experience in integrating geochemistry with basin analysis
  • strong track record of leading academic research, evidenced through scientific publications and/or significant written contributions to industry reports and conference presentations.


  • ability to incorporate a variety of geological and geophysical data into an integrated petroleum systems evaluation
  • expertise in petroleum geochemistry with the ability to plan sample acquisition programmes
  • competent in subsurface geological interpretation, with a skill-set that can be applied both to hydrocarbon and renewable energy sources such as carbon capture.

Skills and Abilities:

  • effective written and oral communication skills
  • ability to work unsupervised and in a team
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • ability to mentor and motivate the junior geologists within the Petroleum Team.

Personal Qualities:

  • able to travel off-site including overseas travel.


  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS
  • displays an enthusiasm for their science, their role and has a desire to develop this further
  • demonstrates a commitment in their own Continuing Professional Development
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems.

Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension 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.

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