Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC243229
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 08 November 2017
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 07 December 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £28,200 to £30,600 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: NERC-6 new
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 7th December 2017
Interview Date: Mid-January 2018

Primary Tasks:

You will contribute to our analysis of the life cycle and value chains of mineral and metal commodities, including primary and secondary resources, resource flows and reserves.

You will undertake intelligence gathering on mineral and metal commodities and will conduct assessments of resource security and sustainability.

You will also carry out associated analysis of supply and demand relationships and trends. Work will include active contributions to our NERC, external income and grant-funded research and associated publications.

From time to time you will be expected to work for short periods of up to three weeks in developing countries in Africa and elsewhere. This will likely comprise contributions to projects related to evaluation of metallic and other minerals, mineral potential, mineral investment promotion and capacity building.

Other Tasks:

Contribution to the development of new research ideas, establishment of partnerships with other parts of BGS, academia and industry. Assistance in the identification of new opportunities/additional sources of funding in this sector.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • relevant geoscience degree, minimum 2:1
  • post-graduate qualification relevant to economic geology (this role will be suitable for a candidate with a PhD or MSc with relevant post qualification and experience)
  • post-graduate experience (in a relevant role e.g. minerals industry, mineral economics, commodity markets or mineral resource policy)
  • acquiring, interpreting and synthesising statistical and/or geological data
  • independent and team-based research
  • good knowledge of mineral commodities, markets and issues affecting supply and demand/or the formation of metallic and industrial mineral deposits
  • ability to collate, manipulate, organise, and synthesise complex geological data/information from a variety of sources and present in a range of formats
  • a high level of attention to detail and strong organisational skills
  • ability to identify issues with data and information, and undertake research to improve data quality and accuracy
  • good level of numeracy
  • excellent written skills
  • flexibility to respond to the demands of different projects running concurrently and ability to work within a variety of teams/science areas
  • proficient in Microsoft Office
  • strong self-motivation
  • ability to work unsupervised (a self-starter is essential for this position)
  • ability to work effectively within multidisciplinary teams
  • good time management to meet output deadlines
  • able to travel off-site/abroad
  • a desire for a varied research career in the geosciences, with an emphasis on studying the complete lifecycle of mineral commodities
  • displays an enthusiasm for science/the role and a desire to develop this further.


  • PhD in an area of economic geology
  • developing ideas for research and/or contributing to project/grant proposal writing
  • multidisciplinary research and collaborations with external organisations
  • project management/leadership
  • knowledge of European and global mineral supply/demand (e.g. production, trade, prices, resource and reserves) or resource policy
  • knowledge of mineral exploration techniques
  • knowledge of modern research techniques in economic geology (geochemical, isotopic, mineralogical)
  • excellent oral communication skills and experience in writing scientific publications and/or technical reports
  • data management
  • knowledge of GIS, Microsoft access and other software would be advantageous
  • ability to give public and scientific presentations and communicate ideas
  • ability to procure funding from a variety of sources (e.g. academic, commercial and government etc.)
  • a valid driving licence
  • a willingness to be deployed abroad in developing countries for extended periods.

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.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

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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