Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC244493
Location Wallingford See on Map
Salary £22224 - £24112
Date Posted 01 March 2018
Grade NERC-7 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 March 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £22,224 per annum to £24,112 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: NERC-7 new
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 26th March 2018
Location: 1 x based in Keyworth, Nottingham 1 x based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Primary Tasks:

  1. assisting with design and implementation of fieldwork activities in UK and overseas (groundwater sampling/measurement, borehole logging, field chemistry, tracer tests, environmental monitoring, site owner liaison)
  2. collation and management of data, quantitative analysis and interpretation using approved data processing, interpretation and visualisation packages
  3. undertake data analysis and interpretation as well as application of groundwater models (flow and transport, as appropriate)
  4. preparation of project technical reports and support to proposal writing, scientific papers and knowledge dissemination (briefings, web pages).

Other Tasks: 

  1. laboratory analysis of water samples
  2. presenting scientific results at conferences or to clients and collaborators
  3. involvement with developing project proposals and bids and ensuring projects are delivered on time.

Organization Description

The British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.


  • 2:1 in relevant degree and MSc in Hydrogeology/Hydrology or directly-related Environmental Science subject OR significant relevant industry experience
  • valid driving licence and willingness to drive as part of the role
  • practical hydrogeological field-based experience
  • broad Knowledge of Hydrogeology/Hydrology and its practical application
  • excellent level of numeracy, including evidence of skills in data analysis and/or quantitative hydrogeology/hydrology
  • familiarity with standard software applications
  • good communicator: must be able to demonstrate good oral and written skills
  • ability to present to a range of audiences 
  • flexibility to respond to the demand from different projects operating in parallel
  • proven ability of good time management skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • self-starter - initially under supervision but then able to lead field-based activities/project tasks unsupervised.


  • practical experience in hydraulic testing of boreholes, tracer tests, groundwater quality sampling or application of environmental monitoring technologies (e.g. distributed temperature sensing, telemetry)
  • knowledge of UK hydrogeology or groundwater resources within context of developing countries
  • experience in use of GIS applications, statistical data analysis and modelling.

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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