Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC244981
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 18 April 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 May 2018
Interview Date 19 June 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £28,200 to £30,600 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: Band-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th May 2018
Interview Date: 19th June 2018

About Us

The British Geological Survey (BGS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) which is itself part of UK Research and Innovation ( is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UK’s premier centre for earth science information and expertise. A vacancy has arisen for an enthusiastic Research Geophysicist to be based at our office in Keyworth.

About the role

You will join an established dynamic team of researchers with a world-leading track record in the development of electrical (and allied) geophysical methods for monitoring complex near-surface earth systems and processes. We have a strong focus on hydro-geophysical research, and have active projects concerned with landslide characterisation and monitoring, geo-energy, agriculture, groundwater-surface water interactions, permafrost, nuclear waste disposal, and contaminant transport problems.

You will undertake research to support and extend our existing activities, including developing our international geophysical observatory network for monitoring landslides and participating in the development of new monitoring infrastructure to underpin energy-related research.

Primary Tasks:

  • undertake scientific research and development in the field of electrical geophysics (and allied techniques) in support of GTOM internally and externally funded projects
  • analysis, modelling and interpretation of geophysical datasets
  • contribute to the development and maintenance of geophysical observatories in the UK and internationally
  • undertake laboratory-based experiments to support the GTOM research programme
  • build an international scientific profile through publication of research in high impact peer-reviewed journals (including as first author), and presentations at conferences and meetings
  • manage components of GTOM R&D activities, e.g. leading fieldwork, coordinating laboratory experiments etc.

Other Tasks:

  • contribute to business development through research grant applications and the generation of new commercial projects
  • undertake professional development activities, e.g. conference organisation and committee work
  • provide support for activities across the GTOM science programme.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

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


  • PhD in geophysics or related subject or equivalent
  • an undergraduate degree in the field of earth sciences or equivalent
  • full driving licence, some UK travel may be required
  • be able to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and ability to solve practical and computational physics-based problems, including ability to measure, analyse and interpret datasets acquired from field surveys, laboratory experiments or computer simulations
  • experience of working with geoelectrical methods including substantial fieldwork experience
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of laboratory measurements, apparatus and experimentation
  • track record of scientific publishing, including as first author
  • knowledge of Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.)
  • knowledge of programming software (e.g. Python, C/C++, Matlab, Fortran, Java)
  • proven ability as a field-geophysicist, able to design, undertake and lead fieldwork
  • proven ability to undertake numerical calculations using modelling, data processing and visualisation software packages
  • self-motivated, driven, with excellent personal organisational skills
  • willingness to give conference presentations and write reports and papers for publication
  • ability to exercise independent judgement with minimal supervision
  • proven problem solving ability in an R&D context
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • ability to manage own time and resources within fixed grant budgets; able to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to work independently and also constructively within a team
  • willingness and ability to work flexibly and enthusiasm to travel and undertake fieldwork internationally
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC
  • willingness to contribute to multi-disciplinary teams and large consortium projects.


  • a minimum of an A level in mathematics, physics or equivalent
  • expertise in near-surface geophysical methods
  • first author papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals
  • experience of PC- or microprocessor- controlled data acquisition systems and telemetry
  • track record of developing successful research funding applications
  • experience of working in an applied R&D culture with specific deliverables
  • familiar with geophysical modelling, inversion and visualisation software
  • ability to use commercial or public domain 2D, 3D and 4D inversion codes
  • project or line management experience.

Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension 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.

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