Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC240237
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 01 March 2017
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 March 2017
Interview Date

Primary Tasks:

• Use a combination of computer modelling and Bayesian statistical approaches to undertake probabilistic modelling of eruption source vents and pyroclastic density currents at the case study volcanoes, Aluto and/or Corbetti volcanoes, in the Main Ethiopian Rift
• employ recently developed statistical emulator methodologies for quantitative volcanic hazard assessment
• use statistical emulator approaches to quantify relevant uncertainties
• disseminate research findings through peer-reviewed publications and international conference presentations.

Other Tasks:

• Contribute to development of multi-hazard assessments for volcanoes in the Main Ethiopian Rift alongside RiftVolc collaborators
• collaborate broadly with other volcanic hazards research in the RiftVolc project
• collaborate on database development of eruption parameters for the Main Ethiopian Rift
• present research findings at annual RiftVolc project meetings
• contribute to capacity building initiatives in Ethiopia to provide training in hazard assessment
• contribute to stakeholder reports on volcanic hazards.


  • PhD on computational and/or statistical modelling of volcanic processes
  • good first degree in geology, geophysics, physics, mathematics, computer science or engineering
  • experience in numerical and/or computational modelling
  • experience in probabilistic volcanic hazard assessment
  • demonstrated level of numeracy
  • proficiency in one or more high-level scripting languages (e.g. R, Matlab, Python). Some knowledge of and comfort with parallel and distributed computing
  • understanding of issues around probabilistic volcanic hazard assessment and uncertainty
  • must be able to communicate clearly with good standard of verbal and written English
  • must be able to demonstrate the ability to write-up and publish research results in a timely manner
  • must be able to work alone and solve problems but know when to consult
    Will be expected to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • ability to present research outcomes clearly to non-scientists
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating an ability to participate as a team member
  • able to communicate clearly and concisely
  • logical and methodical approach
  • approachable
  • able to travel off-site and abroad occasionally
  • display an enthusiasm for science and a desire to develop this further
  • demonstrate curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems


  • MSc or equivalent postgraduate experience in a scientific or other research environment
  • some experience with application of statistical emulators
  • knowledge of volcanic hazards including relevant physical processes and field characteristics
  • good record-keeping
  • good presentation skills
  • able to use own initiative
  • evidence of ability to think across disciplines.
Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher 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.

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.
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