Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC247662
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 06 December 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 09 January 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 per annum to £32,997 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI-Band D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 9th January 2019
Interview Date: Early February in the Edinburgh office

We have an opportunity for a talented and motivated Geomagnetic Scientist to join our Earth Hazards & Observatories Science Directorate at our Edinburgh Office.

The Geomagnetism Team ( 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, including directional drilling for oil and gas and studying the impact of space weather on ground-based technology and our environment.

The specific tasks of the successful applicant will be to:

  • compute regular updates to several global geomagnetic field models using the BGS High Performance Cluster and other scientific computing hardware
  • undertake scientific research into the Earth’s natural magnetic fields leading to improved modelling and understanding of their sources
  • undertake algorithm development to fulfil BGS’s commitment to the ESA Swarm satellite scientific exploitation consortium
  • prepare magnetic data sets over new oil fields for later provision of BGS magnetic referencing services to the oil industry.

You will also be expected to:

  • provide IT support across Geomagnetism Team activities
  • develop tools to monitor global magnetic field model web services logs
  • pursue a programme of continuing personal development as a scientific research
  • participate in scientific outreach to customer groups and the general public.

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.

Shortlisting & Interview criteria



  • PhD in geophysics, space science, physics or mathematics, or a similar relevant discipline, or equivalent post-graduate level experience in a scientific or other research environment.


  • research qualification or work experience that includes aspects of geomagnetism.



  • experience in analysing scientific datasets and presenting scientific results
  • experience in scientific computer programming.


  • experience in analysing geomagnetic data from satellites and observatories
  • formally or informally leading or managing others
  • experience of working in a customer service environment.



  • working knowledge of at least two scientific computing languages or packages (e.g. FORTRAN, C, Java, Python, Matlab, GMT)
  • basic knowledge of geophysical inverse theory and of the Earth’s magnetic fields.


  • high Performance Computing skills
  • knowledge and experience of geomagnetic fields and sources of geophysical inverse theory
  • familiarity with Fourier transformation techniques.

Skills and abilities


  • good English: verbal, written and presentation skills
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • demonstrates the ability to solve problems
  • demonstrates the ability to pay attention to detail.


  • peer-reviewed publication(s)
  • ability to train others.

Personal qualities


  • able to express themselves clearly and concisely both in writing and verbally
  • approachable by colleagues and external stakeholders and a good team player
  • able to occasionally travel off-site, both nationally and internationally.



  • displays an enthusiasm for scientific aspects of geomagnetism
  • displays an enthusiasm for applied aspects of geomagnetism.


  • demonstrates a commitment to your own Continuing Professional Development
  • demonstrates self-motivation.

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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