Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC245244
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30357 - £37947
Date Posted 03 May 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 10 June 2018
Interview Date 21 June 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 per annum to £37,947 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band D
Contract Type: 3 Year Fixed Term Appointment
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 8th May 2018
Interview Date: 21st and 22nd June 2018

Primary Tasks:

1. Undertake applied research into multiple geohazard impacts on exposure and the potential consequences for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) within the 3-year BGS-led METEOR* (Modelling Exposure Through Earth Observation Routines) project focussed on Nepal and Tanzania:

  • practically develop and evaluate a range of models to integrate project exposure and hazard data
  • model potential impacts of multi-hazards on exposure in Nepal and Tanzania
  • produce recommendations for vulnerability modelling using Nepal and Tanzania case studies
  • liaise with stakeholders (Nepal and Tanzania) to identify the importance of vulnerability for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) from local to national scales
  • attend project meetings and report on progress
  • disseminate results as per METEOR KE plan.

2. Review across BGS the state-of-play for multi-hazard vulnerability assessments for a range of geographic environments:

  • organise a BGS workshop on vulnerability and risk
  • report on current capabilities and future prospects for vulnerability modelling in BGS
  • use case studies and sample data to practically assess and publicise vulnerability concepts and implications for BGS research and for DRM
  • build relationships and collaborate actively with internal and external contacts, nationally and internationally to complete the research project and to advance integration of existing BGS networks addressing vulnerability and risk.

Other Tasks: 

  • help share and build capacity in vulnerability modelling/characterisation across BGS.

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 earth science (or related)
  • MSc including placement/experience or a PhD in risk analysis of natural hazards, applied hazard modelling, disaster risk reduction (or related) experience
  • experience of modelling hazard vulnerability and exposure, preferably in Official Development Assistance (ODA) or data-poor countries
  • experience of developing/modelling geohazard and multi-hazard data
  • success in delivering applied research results
  • experience of Disaster Risk Management (DRM)
  • project delivery experience.


  • knowledge of approaches for modelling and assessing multi-hazards (such as landslides, earthquakes and volcanoes) and their impacts
  • knowledge of Disaster Risk Management and the practice of turning research into policy advice.

Skills and abilities

  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to present science clearly to non-scientists
  • excellent presentation skills
  • effective written communication skills
  • ability to work unsupervised
  • good attention to detail
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating an ability to lead teams and to participate as a team member
  • flexible approach
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities.

Personal Qualities

  • approachable
  • able to travel off-site/abroad regularly/occasionally
  • alignment to BGS Core values
  • motivation.


  • 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.


  • interest in the work of BGS and NERC.

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.

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

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.

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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