Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC249899
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £24777 - £26932
Date Posted 25 June 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 23 August 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 to £26,932 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: Friday 23 August 2019

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.

You will sit in the Aqueous Chemistry Laboratory within BGS’s Inorganic Geochemistry Group which undertakes specialist water analyses. You will be required to continue to realign the laboratory for changing scientific and commercial challenges to explore biogeochemistry pollutant pathways and food security projects.

You will be involved in the operation of ion chromatography, NPOC and laser ablation ICP-MS applied to biogeochemistry studies and it is important that you are capable of handling complex instrument software and statistical packages as well as writing peer review papers and contributing to grant proposals. There may be opportunities to participate in fieldwork – both in the UK and overseas.

Appropriate training including both internal and external courses will be provided.

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.



  • undergraduate Degree in Environmental Sciences or Chemistry and/or significant relevant work experience
  • full driving licence.

Experience/Knowledge & Skills and Abilities:


  • experience of supervising and training students and/or overseas visitors
  • experience in coordinating data from laboratory instruments and awareness of quality assurance requirements (UKAS) for client output
  • experience of applying environmental geochemistry data to biogeochemistry studies
  • experience of participating in fieldwork
  • knowledge of statistical packages (e.g. Minitab, R)
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment for water analyses to UKAS requirements e.g. Ion Chromatography, NPOC
  • knowledge of gamma spectrometry e.g. Pb-210 determination
  • effective written and oral communication skills
  • evidence of the ability to communicate clearly and appropriately with clients/colleagues
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating the ability to participate as a team member as well as work unsupervised
  • good time management skills.


  • knowledge of ICP-MS applied to biogeochemistry studies, in particular the use of Laser Ablation ICP-MS
  • ability to empathise with the needs of the business/colleagues and relate this to your role in the organisation.

Personal Qualities & Motivation:


• approachable
• capable and willing to work for extended periods with research partners, both in the UK and overseas
• adapts to changing demands on workflows with an ability and desire for cross-disciplinary work and to develop partnerships
• displays an enthusiasm for their science and a desire to develop this further
• demonstrates an interest in your 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. We also offer the ‘Bike to Work’ scheme, free parking, health and wellbeing support, social clubs and on-site sports facilities.

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.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Please note that any internal BGS staff applying for this post would, if successful, be appointed to new UKRI Terms and Conditions and pay.

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