Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC250629
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 27 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 10 January 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - to £33,459 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI-Band D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 10th January 2020
Interview Date: Late January 2020 in Edinburgh

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.

You will be working as part of a small geomagnetic engineering team tasked with development of software applications related to real-time data acquisition and telemetry as well as the fabrication, testing and deployment of new instrumentation and infrastructure. You will be required to provide on-site field engineering support to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) UK and overseas geomagnetic observatory network. In cooperation with other engineering staff and after a period of training, you will be part of a team tasked with monitoring the quality and performance of real-time data from the observatory network and be prepared to react to system failures. In addition, you will assist geomagnetic engineering staff with measurements as part of the annual UK magnetic survey programme.

The primary tasks of this role will be to:

  • Ensure the quality and data delivery standards of the BGS geomagnetic observatory network are met through performance monitoring, calibration and quality assurance documentation as part of the Geomagnetism Team engineering unit
  • Meet the future data and service requirements of the Geomagnetism Team through a programme of development in areas including instrumentation, telemetry, infrastructure, IT and software engineering
  • Support the observatory network through planning and executing service and staff training visits to UK and overseas stations as well as managing the logistics of station maintenance and upgrades
  • Manage wider project-related tasks within the engineering unit including resource planning, procurement, budgeting, risk assessments and delivering outputs including written reports.

You will also be expected to:

• Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with external partners in the commercial and academic sectors of the geomagnetic community, representing the work of others in the Geomagnetism Team
• Publish and present outputs to internal and external audiences ranging from the general public to customer groups and international conferences.

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.



  • Honours Degree/Diploma or equivalent in an engineering or related discipline and/or equivalent work experience
  • Full UK driving licence
  • UK or international passport.



  • Relevant research and/or work experience, preferably in managing projects, systems and/or facilities and demonstrable evidence of a practical, technical problem solving ability
  • Evidence of delivering multi-disciplinary, resource-dependent outputs to time, budget and quality specifications
  • Experience in effectively managing own time and workload including multiple simultaneous tasks and in working within a mixed team of engineering and non-engineering staff.


  • Experience in managing a sensor network, system or process, especially if related to real-time data acquisition and telemetry
  • Experience in managing or contributing to quality control processes
  • Experience in writing health & safety risk assessments, systems of work and/or work instructions
  • Experience in procuring goods and/or services.



  • Broad knowledge of engineering systems in areas such as instrumentation, electronics, electrical systems, communications, IT, facilities or similar
  • Demonstrable working knowledge in at least one scientific or engineering computing language (e.g. C, Java, Python, R-Project, MatLab)
  • Familiarity with TCP/IP network hardware and architecture.


  • Knowledge of Earth Science
  • Knowledge of version control systems in managing software development
  • Experience in the UNIX (Linux or Solaris) operating system, at user level or, more usefully, including basic systems administration.

Skills and Abilities


  • Prepared to learn a variety of technical skills immediately on appointment and continue to develop skills and knowledge in areas of engineering other than their specialism
  • Good verbal, written and presentational skills and an ability to communicate science and engineering problems and concepts to both specialists and non-specialists
  • Understanding of basic mathematical concepts, including vectors and trigonometry and an ability to manipulate vector time series using office software and/or mathematical processing applications
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

Personal Qualities


  • Must be willing to travel and work alone in remote environments and be competent in rough terrain and personally resilient in fieldwork conditions.


  • Experience in formally or informally leading or managing others
  • Experience in providing either formal or informal training to others.



  • Demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS, NERC and UKRI
  • Displays an enthusiasm for their field/role and a desire to develop this further.


  • Demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development
  • Demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve engineering 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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