Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC244697
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £35222 - £38254
Date Posted 22 March 2018
Grade NERC-5 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 19 April 2018
Interview Date 08 May 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £35,222 to £38,254 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Location: BGS Keyworth, Nottingham or BGS Edinburgh
Grade: NERC-5 new
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 19th April 2018
Interview Date: 8th or 9th May 2018

Primary Tasks:

  • developing and delivering insight from geoscience data using novel, but robust statistical and analytical techniques/methods (e.g. Natural language processing, data mining, machine learning, semantic web/ontologies etc.) which will help BGS to better understand and predict geological processes that matter to lives and livelihoods
  • utilise data (e.g. captured through the UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS), EPOS and ENVRIPLUS projects to help develop data driven insights into the subsurface environment
  • liaise with a variety of H2020 project leaders in BGS, team leaders and their external collaborators to ascertain how data science techniques and linked data methodologies could be applied to contribute to delivery of their scientific objectives (themes could include urban geoscience for resilient urban design, social sensors to gain better awareness of public perceptions of different geoscience activities e.g. Natural Hazards, energy projects)
  • develop a suite of prototypes or demonstration applications that showcase the value of applying data Science techniques to a variety of geoscience areas (in relation to above bullet point)
  • initiate investigative work into new technologies, engage with discussions on suitability and adoption
  • develop the Data Science capabilities within BGS through leading Informatics strategy in this area and sharing knowledge, experience and expertise with others
  • seek avenues for future funding for the Informatics Directorate (particularly with regard to Data Science) through commercial projects or collaborative partnerships in the Informatics/Geoscience area
  • identify or bring techniques that have proved successful in scientific or other business domains and apply them to a geoscience (Earth/Geological Science) setting.

Other Tasks:

  • communicate the work of the Informatics team through conference presentations, attendance at workshops and through written papers
  • continuous professional development to maintain an up to date and relevant skills profile.

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.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • you will have a minimum of a 2:1 degree in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Distributed Systems or a field strongly related to data science or equivalent work experience
  • an MSc/PhD in Data Science, Data Analytics or AI or equivalent
  • extensive postgraduate experience in the application of data mining and/or machine learning techniques against large datasets
  • extensive experience of knowledge extraction (e.g. semantic web, linked data and ontologies)
  • extensive postgraduate experience of a range of computing languages and operating environments (NB: BGS has access to local and national HPC clusters)
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in a number of data science specialisms (e.g. Natural Language Processing, Data mining, Machine learning, Cognitive computing, Semantic web)
  • experience in leading data science projects
  • experience of working in a Management/Supervisory setting
  • good working knowledge of different code bases (Python, R, Matlab)
  • good working knowledge of big data frame works (e.g. Apache Spark, Apache Flink)
  • demonstrate a clear understanding of data privacy and ethical considerations when applying data science
  • ability to quickly research and learn new programming tools and techniques
  • ability to construct, present and communicate data science stories to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • capacity for self-development
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating the ability to lead teams and to participate as a team member
  • ability to advocate Data Science to a wide range of people
  • experience of working with limited supervision
  • able to prioritise workloads and set clear objectives
  • ability to adapt to change and work in a flexible manner
  • ability to work with external clients/stakeholders
  • able to express themselves clearly and concisely
  • able to communicate effectively to both junior and senior members of staff
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS, NERC and UKRI
  • displays an enthusiasm for their science/their role and a desire to develop this further
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems through Data Science techniques.


  • A Level in Geology/Environmental science or equivalent
  • experience of working within an agile project team
  • experience of writing about technical data science uses for a range of audiences
  • experience of working with 4D (time-series) data
  • experience of commercial web software development (Using HTML, CSS, Java Script)
  • experience conducting data science in order to assist with the creation of a full-stack web app
  • working knowledge of SQL, No-SQL and relational/non-relational databases
  • working knowledge of GIT
  • understanding of containers and virtual machines
  • ability to coach or mentor other staff; to up-skill the wider BGS Informatics teams in the use of new technologies, principles and techniques
  • willingness to travel and work overseas for short periods of time.

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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