Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC241610
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 28 June 2017
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 July 2017
Interview Date

Primary Tasks:

  • to support BGS activities in the research work packages defined in the NERC ‘Space Weather Impacts on Ground-based Systems’ (SWIGS) project (Project starts 1st May 2017, duration 48 months), these work packages cover the ‘Solid Earth Response to Space Weather’ and the ‘Infrastructure Impact of GIC’
  • to undertake a fieldwork campaign to make magnetotelluric (MT) and geomagnetically induced current (GIC) measurements at sites around the UK
  • to undertake computer modelling of MT data and to validate the results against measured data
  • to undertake computer modelling of GIC in power transmission, pipeline and railway networks in the UK
  • to maintain and enhance the scientific reputation of BGS geomagnetism by publishing and presenting scientific results on geomagnetic and space weather hazard and by developing and maintaining links with other leading research groups in geomagnetism and/or solar-terrestrial physics.

Other Tasks:

  • to generally carry out research leading to improved scientific understanding of geomagnetic and space weather hazard, to help apply the results of that research to improve the products and services provided by BGS geomagnetism to the electrical power industry and to others concerned with space weather hazards
  • to pursue a programme of continuing personal development
  • attend national and international meetings and conferences related to space weather and geomagnetism.


  • PhD in geophysics, space science, physics or mathematics, or similar relevant discipline or equivalent post-graduate level experience in a scientific or other research environment
  • experience in undertaking research in a physical science to doctorate level or equivalent
  • experience in managing, collecting and analysing scientific datasets and presenting scientific results
  • experience in scientific computer programming
  • experience in using personal computers and standard office applications
  • trained in geomagnetism, geophysics, physics or mathematics
  • working knowledge of one or more scientific programming languages and scripting languages
  • good presentation skills
  • effective written communication skills
  • ability to work unsupervised
  • good attention to detail
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating an ability to participate as a team member
  • flexible approach
  • fluent English both reading, writing and spoken
  • full UK driving licence
  • logical and methodical in your approach
  • approachable by colleagues and external contacts and a good team worker
  • able to travel off-site regularly and work alone in remote UK environments
  • able and willing to undertake fieldwork
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC
  • displays an enthusiasm for your science/your role and a desire to develop this further
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems
  • demonstrates an ability to use own initiative on scientific and other work.


  • experience in managing and analysing geomagnetic and/or magnetotelluric and/or space physics data
  • experience in fieldwork, including planning and logistics
  • experience of MATLAB or Python
  • experience of UNIX or LINUX operating systems
  • knowledge of mathematical/geophysical inverse theory
  • knowledge of magnetotelluric theory
  • knowledge of space weather science and the impacts of space weather on Earth
  • appreciation of Health & Safety responsibilities for self and others in the workplace and in field work
  • ability to present your science clearly to non-scientists
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • ability to make appropriate decisions and know when to consult
  • demonstrates self-motivation
  • demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development.
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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