Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC241753
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £22224 - £24112
Date Posted 11 July 2017
Grade NERC-7 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 July 2017
Interview Date

Primary Tasks:

  • working as part of a team, investigate and deploy novel geospatial techniques e.g. temporal data analytics and DTM/catchment derivatives to deliver a diverse range of geoscience products and services
  • contribute to the production of new, innovative commercial information products for use in hazard & resilience modelling and for properties and resource analysis, such as the current developments of climate change and hazard-resilience geodata products, BGS Civils and data4sustainable energy
  • collation and interpretation of geo-environmental data in a robust and consistent manner
  • desktop GIS development/programming to create efficient workflows for product creation
  • lead small projects to develop and publish baseline data components  (e.g. automated geomorphometry of LIDAR and radar datasets, cell-based modelling analysis from various types of Digital Terrain Models (DTMs).

Secondary tasks

  • the application of Big data (including temporal) analytical techniques to geoscience research and innovation; especially in understanding process and forecasting
  • contribute to reports, scientific papers and knowledge dissemination of BGS products and data
  • take part in meetings and contribute to a culture of strong stakeholder focus 
  • contribute to communication of the work of the Products teams through conference presentations, attendance at workshops and online presence.


  • can deploy (and understands the application of) geoprocessing techniques (using a range of different GIS tools) and has the ability to script processing tasks
  • has knowledge of and can deploy basic data analytics to answer a range of problems
  • must demonstrate strong GIS skills in ESRI products
  • must have a 2:1 in a relevant degree and either a postgraduate degree in GIS or equivalent work experience
  • must show potential to effectively manage multiple simultaneous tasks, demonstrate problem solving ability and work in a flexible manner
  • must demonstrate good oral and written communication skills, be able to communicate effectively with junior and senior members of staff
  • must demonstrate the ability to work well in a team
  • proven ability of good time management skills.


  • demonstrate evidence of data modelling and geoprocessing skills in both 2D and 3D space
  • knowledge of database design issues and ability to explain requirements to database developers
  • experience using other GIS technologies including Open source web GIS technologies such as MapServer, GeoServer. OpenLayers, MapInfo, QGIS
  • ability to script repetitive tasks via good macro/script  and programming skills (Visual Basic/python/fme)
  • a good understanding of the concepts behind data management in a relational database e.g. Oracle or similar RDBMS skills including some capability in writing SQL
  • genuinely excited and enthusiastic about learning and pushing technical limits/finding new solutions
  • willingness to travel and work overseas for short periods (weeks).
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.
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.

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.
Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote the appropriate reference number when calling.