Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC240335
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 28 February 2017
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 02 April 2017
Interview Date

Primary tasks in priority order:

  • Provide a focus for and develop geoscience research to underpin Land use planning, sustainable development and regeneration research in GB and international, in collaboration with Team Leaders and Director of Science
  • contribute to on-going science projects across the UK on applied urban geology, e.g. sustainable use of the urban subsurface and anthropogenic impacts
  • contribute to BGS’ international development research platforms in ODA-recipient countries e.g. city resilience and urban catchment science
  • assist with the development of international collaborations and partnerships to deliver effective research projects in the context of BGS global challenges research for urban resilience
  • help identify and pursue opportunities (grants, research programmes and commissioned work) to enhance the reputation and impact of the BGS Engineering Geology science programme
  • develop collaborations across BGS and with public sector stakeholders in GB to deliver integrated multi-disciplinary projects within which an understanding of applied geology in city regions is a critical component of the role
  • contribute to scientific papers and preparation of high quality technical/scientific proposals, reports, briefings to enhance personal and BGS science reputation.

Secondary tasks:

  • Identify opportunities to promote the work of the science programme and make presentations at conferences and scientific meetings in the UK and internationally
  • involvement with developing project proposals and bids and ensuring projects are delivered on time
  • contributing to a broader range of geological projects and stakeholder-facing activities in applied urban geoscience
  • carry out performance management duties as required and comply with corporate management standards.


• 2:1 in relevant Geoscience degree
• MSc/PhD in Environmental or Engineering Geology
• aligned research interests
• knowledge and experience of applied geology, in particular soil characterisation, contaminated land, hydrogeology and conceptual ground models
• knowledge of environmental policy and the role of applied geoscience within it
• knowledge of urban planning processes and the role of geology for cities
• understanding of NERC global challenges research in developing countries (ODA recipient)
• flexibility to respond to the demands from different projects and ability to prioritise workloads
• self-starter with the ability to lead an area of work without supervision
• proven ability of project management skills and evidence of effective product delivery
• must demonstrate excellent oral and written skills
• able to work effectively as part of a project team
• experience of dealing with public and private sector clients in a professional capacity
• willingness to contribute to overseas research in developing countries.


• Experience of working on overseas research in developing countries
• evidence of developing proposals and/or pursuing funding opportunities
• familiar with rock & soil mechanics testing, and interpretation of results
• good level of numeracy and experience of 3D geological modelling techniques
• knowledge of the principles of Ecosystems Services
• knowledge of urban infrastructure and groundwater issues
• understanding of city resource requirements, catchments and flows
• understanding of the geological interpretation of the Anthropocene
• experienced in the application of GIS
• experience and/or willingness to develop science leadership.

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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