Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC252030
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 02 December 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 per annum
Grade: UKRI Band D
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 10th January 2020
Interview Date: End of January 2020

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 leading the design, test, diagnostic, fabrication, and deployment of digital and analogue systems in support of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) UK and overseas geomagnetic observatory network. You will also be required to provide support to other engineers in the Geomagnetism in developing new instrumentation, software applications and infrastructure and will be prepared to provide general engineering support in the field.  In cooperation with other engineering staff and after a period of training, you will be part of a small 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 digital and analogue electronic design, testing, fabrication and deployment as well providing support to the instrumentation, telemetry, infrastructure, IT, and software engineering activities of the Team
  • Manage and operate the Geomagnetism Team electronics laboratory, including maintaining UKAS-traceable calibration standards for test equipment
  • 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 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.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria



  • Degree or equivalent in electronic engineering or related discipline
  • Full UK driving licence
  • UK or international passport.



  • Experience in design, test and diagnostics of digital and analogue circuits to board-level, preferably as part of a monitoring system, especially if related to real-time data acquisition and telemetry
  • 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 developing applications based on common microprocessors or microcontrollers
  • 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.



  • Knowledge of current electronic engineering design methodologies, preferably as applied in areas such as instrumentation, real-time monitoring or similar
  • Experience and/or thorough understanding of digital data acquisition theory, analogue circuit theory and filter design
  • Demonstrable working knowledge in at least one scientific or engineering computing language (e.g. C, Java, Python, R-Project, MatLab).


  • 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
  • Familiarity with TCP/IP network hardware and architecture.

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 science 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. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity across our organisation as well as across all areas of our science community. As such, we aim to have a workforce with employees from all backgrounds with people who are passionate about earth science and who share our commitment to work for the good of the environment and the benefit of society.

We will actively seek to avoid discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), sex or sexual orientation, being trans or a member of the non-binary community, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave, disability, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion, sex or sexual orientation.

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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