Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC245230
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £24435 - £30544
Date Posted 03 May 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 May 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,435 per annum to £30,544 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI - Band C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th May 2018

Primary Tasks:

Aqueous Chemistry

Operation and maintenance of Ion Chromatography, NPOC, Hg analyser, UV/Vis and ancillary instruments. Oversight includes assistance to Aqueous Chemistry lab manager for adherence to UKAS requirements, H&S compliance for staff and visitors, assistance in supervision of two industrial placement students. 

You will be required to prepare the reporting of data to clients within the service element of the role. Experience of preparing data for reporting within an accredited environment is important.

Assistance to Aqueous Chemistry manager in continued realignment of laboratory away from entirely routine analyses to bespoke method development to target research in biogeochemistry and food security, including external funding applications.

Laser Ablation ICP-MS - Spatially resolved LA-ICP-MS has been a core lab activity for 20 years involving collaboration with a number of academic and industry partners. You will work with external university collaborators on developing micro-spatial analyses for commissioned projects across biogeochemistry, archaeology and minerals.

Other Tasks:

Gamma Spectrometry

Operation of gamma spectrometers to provide an analytical service for Pb-210 dating of lake and offshore sediments and other sample matrices. 

Support senior members of Inorganic Geochemistry to strengthen links with academia and assist on ODA projects (e.g. fisheries/geochemistry, Newton Fund) and provide capacity strengthening training within these projects.

You should be prepared to undertake fieldwork both in the UK and overseas.

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 & Interview Criteria


  • undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences or Chemistry and/or equivalent experience
  • full driving licence for UK fieldwork.


  • supervising and training students and/or overseas visitors
  • experience in coordinating data from laboratory instruments and awareness of quality assurance requirements (UKAS) for client output
  • experience in applying environmental geochemistry data to biogeochemistry studies
  • experienced in fieldwork both in the UK.



  • knowledge of statistical packages (e.g. R, Minitab), proficiency in MS Office
  • operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment for water analyses to UKAS requirements e.g. Ion chromatography, NPOC
  • knowledge of gamma spectrometry e.g Pb-210 determination.


  • knowledge of ICP-MS applied to biogeochemistry studies, in particular use of Laser Ablation ICP-MS.

Skills and abilities


  • effective written and oral communication skills
  • evidence of ability to communicate clearly and appropriately with clients
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating an ability participate as a team member.


  • ability to empathise with the needs of the business and colleagues and relate this to your support role in the organisation.

Personal qualities 

  • approachable
  • capable and willing to work for extended periods overseas with research partners, e.g. in East Africa or SE Asia
  • adapt to changing demands on workflows, ability and desire for cross-disciplinary work and develop partnerships.


  • enthusiasm for science/role and a desire to develop this further
  • an interest in your own Continuing Professional Development
  • curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems.

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

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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