Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC243530
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 30 November 2017
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 December 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £28,200 per annum to £30,600 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: NERC-6
Contract Type: Fixed Term until December 2020
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st December 2017

Primary Tasks:

  • to undertake a programme of research related to the NERC project ‘Perturbation of the Earth System at the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition and the resilience of the biosphere'
  • to collaborate with project members (based in the UK and China) in the development of integrated approaches, combining stratigraphic and proxy data with absolute dating
  • to carry out analytical programme of high-precision U-Pb geochronology on Ediacaran to Cambrian aged rocks in South China
  • to carry out fieldwork in China, to work with project collaborators to develop a chronostratigraphic framework
  • to work with appropriate partners across the BETR programme on chronostratigraphic methods and applications
  • to manage project delivery, including publications, for area of responsibility
  • to contribute to NIGL-GTF as part of a team of people working closely together for mutual benefit
  • to represent BGS as a leading scientist in your field and contribute to BGS goals in line with strategy as a good team player

Other Tasks:

  • to contribute to the daily operation of the zircon U-Pb clean laboratory
  • to contribute to training activities carried out by NIGL for the UK research community
  • to contribute to the development of data systems and tools (with BGS groups) for the compilation and analysis of stratigraphic data (not just across the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition)
  • to participate in broader BGS research initiatives that seek to exploit quantitative approaches to stratigraphic studies. 

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • PhD in geoscience including experience of geochronology techniques, and stratigraphy
  • extensive research experience which can include PhD research field geology, including logging of sedimentary successions, field mapping and regional stratigraphic analyses
  • U-Pb geochronology laboratory analyses (complete workflow, from rock to age)
  • stratigraphic synthesis (regional scale) using multiple data (geochronology, stratigraphy etc) 
  • expertise in radio-isotope geochronology (applications and limitations)
  • expertise in (chrono)stratigraphy, challenges in basin wide and inter-regional correlation using a range of proxy data (geochron, chemistry, index fossils)
  • experience in Matlab and/or R software packages
  • fluent with Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop or other similar packages
  • effective presentation and written communication skills
  • ability to work unsupervised and good attention to detail
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating and ability to lead teams and to participate as a team member
  • logical and methodical in their approach
  • able to travel off-site and abroad regularly
  • displays an enthusiasm for their science/their role and a desire to develop this further
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems
  • demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development.


  • A-level in Maths or equivalent experience/modules taken during degree course
  • experience of working effectively within a larger research programme
  • experience of working effectively within a multi-user analytical facility
  • experience with ID-TIMS U-Pb geochronology
  • experience of working on stratigraphy where bio-stratigraphic constraint is limited (e.g., Precambrian)
  • knowledge of using integrated methods and systems for chronostratigraphic correlation (e.g., Macrostrat, the GBDB)
  • understanding of U-Pb geochronology by ID-TIMS, limitations and sources of uncertainty and bias
  • understanding of radio-isotopic dating methods and ability to critically assess legacy data from a range of methods
  • understanding of Neoproterozoic chronostratigraphy, limitations and future potential
  • understanding of quantitative correlation methods and age-model development, development of regional frameworks
  • fluent in Matlab and/or R software packages
  • ability to present their science clearly to non-scientists
  • track record in published journal articles
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • ability to empathise with the needs of the business and colleagues and relate this to your support role in the organisation
  • able to express themselves clearly and concisely using a range of media
  • knowledge and appreciation of ‘Open Science’ approaches
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of  BGS and NERC.

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 1st 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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