Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC244041
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £38254
Date Posted 26 January 2018
Grade NERC-5 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 February 2018
Interview Date

Salary: £28,200 - £38,254 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: NERC 6/5 new
Contract Type: 3 Year Fixed Term Appointment
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 25th February 2018

The British Geological Survey is one of the world's leading and forward thinking geological science institutes with a focus on both public good science for government and geoscientific research to understand earth and environmental processes. A vacancy has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Geological Modeller based at our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.

Primary Tasks:

  • development of numerical geological modelling, including looking for new research and innovation opportunities around the development of BGS 3D geological modelling and related capability
  • statistical modelling of 3D geology (using a wide variety of datasets) and associated uncertainty
  • supporting and assisting with geological modelling across BGS  e.g. the BGS National Geological Model and UK GEOS modelling.

Other Tasks:

  • statistical contributions to multiple other projects in wider BGS
  • uncertainty determination
  • expert elicitation.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • post-graduate certificate, masters or PhD in either applied statistics or geosciences with a strong statistical component (or equivalent experience in industry)
  • experience in the development of 3D geological models
  • experience of quantifying and communicating the uncertainty in these models
  • experience of communicating the results of modelling exercises in written reports and/or academic journals
  • experience of using a variety of 3D modelling and statistical software
  • knowledge of the statistical methods associated with 3D geological models
  • significant level of geological understanding
  • ability to communicate statistical and geological concepts to non-specialists
  • ability to interact with users of geological models
  • ability to work independently, in multidisciplinary teams and across multiple projects
  • excellent presentation skills
  • approachable
  • willingness to work across multiple BGS sites
  • willingness to regularly travel within the UK and occasionally abroad
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems.


  • undergraduate or postgraduate degree in geosciences
  • industry experience
  • project management experience
  • experience of providing statistical training
  • wider knowledge of statistical methods applied in the geosciences.

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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