NERC
Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC240913
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 19 April 2017
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 May 2017
Interview Date



Primary Tasks

Involvement in producing a Landslide multi-hazard framework;

  • preparation of landscape dynamic thematic data to produce spatial event-based landslide maps
  • developing semi-automatic remote sensing techniques for landslide inventories
  • hazard susceptibility modelling: landslide types and domains
  • capture current/emerging technologies in meteorology, landslide risk assessment and Early Warning Systems (EWS) in a multi-hazard framework
  • conceptualisation and implementation of computer code for landslide multi hazard framework risk assessment & EWS
  • engage with the development of a web-mapping data access/visualisation system for landslide risk assessment and EWS
  • project management and coordination with key project partners at Met Office, Geological Survey of India and CNR.

Involvement in the development of a prototype geophysical multi-hazard forecasting system for Greater Kuala Lumpa city region to improve contingency planning and risk management, and reduce the economic
and societal impacts of the hazards;

  • development of geophysical hazards inventories (landslide and sinkholes (karst)
  • customisation of landslides susceptibility & forecast model
  • customisation of sinkholes (karst) susceptibility model
  • project management and coordination with key project partners at University of Malaysia, Geological Survey of Malaysia, University of Cambridge and JBA.

Other Tasks:

  • collaborate broadly with other geohazards research in the Engineering Geology Directorate
  • present research findings at project meetings and workshops
  • contribute to project reports and other project deliverables (e.g. peer-review papers)
  • carry out management duties as required and comply with corporate management standards.

Essential Criteria

  • minimum 2:1 Geoscience degree
  • PhD in relevant discipline
  • track record in the investigation, analysis and modelling of landslides
  • familiar with rock & soil mechanics
  • flexibility to respond to the demand from different projects
  • proven ability of good project and people management skills
  • proven oral and written communication skills
  • willingness to work overseas
  • knowledge of landslide hazard assessment methodologies, landslide forecasting and hazard susceptibility modelling
  • 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
  • can demonstrate team-working skills as 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

Desirable Criteria

  • broad knowledge of Engineering Geology
  • manipulation and analysis of geoscience data using GIS and the use of 3D models
  • experience of working overseas, especially in Southern Asia
  • knowledge of karst geohazard processes
  • 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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