Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC243234
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 - £30,600 (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:

The main task for the appointee is to develop combined stable isotope/geochemistry and organic petrography/taphonomy for aspects of primary, palaeoenvironmental controls on shale gas including:

  • chemostratigraphy and geochemical characterisation of the mechanisms of supply of shale allochthonous components
  • geochemical typing of amorphous organic matter
  • characterisation of syngenetic (water column) biogeochemical processes with emphasis on redox reactions
  • characterisation of diagenetic and catagenetic biogeochemical processes.

Other Duties:

Application of established techniques and development of new techniques in stable isotope/geochemistry, microscopy and petrography on mudstones that have shown potential to contain shale gas.

Writing of at least 5 papers in the following areas:

  • palaeoredox: implications for hydrocarbon source rock assessment
  • understanding weathering effects on shale geochemistry and implications for hydrocarbon source rock assessment
  • chemostratigraphy of mixed carbonate and siliciclastic deposition in carboniferous palaeoenvironments.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • knowledge and research experience in mudstone and geochemistry with some diversity in applications in environmental/geological science
  • practical experience in the use of relevant geochemical techniques (e.g. stable isotope analysis, rock-eval pyrolysis, bulk kinetics of the organic fraction of mudrocks, X-Ray fluorescence)
  • PhD in earth sciences focusing on some of the following: sedimentology, palynology, geochemistry or stable isotope geochemistry
  • excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to present ideas and complicated concepts clearly to a scientific and non-scientific audience
  • excellent written communication skills evidenced by a good publication record
  • ability to work unsupervised and part of several teams
  • demonstrates the potential of being a future science leader
  • ability to generate and pursue novel science
  • understanding of the wider agenda/climate.


  • good knowledge of chemistry and maths
  • experience of staff and project management, and related administration
  • national and international-level collaborative research.

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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