Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC245552
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30357 - £37947
Date Posted 11 June 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 11 July 2018
Interview Date 01 August 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357- £37,947 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI - Band D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 11th July 2018
Interview Date: 1st and 2nd August 2018

Primary Tasks:

  • engage with data standards development work with EU JRC/UK Location/Scottish SDI – working with committees agreeing standards for spatial data exchange and applying them to a geoscience context
  • engage in OneGeology – defining standards for data sharing and helping countries use these standards to make their data available in compatible formats and integrate in to OneGeology
  • engage with global committees such as RDA to develop initiatives, standards and architectures for data sharing
  • engage with international committees such as CGI developing international vocabularies and ontologies to promote data interoperability across the geosciences
  • advance the exploitation of standards in the provision of integrated information systems within the work of BGS Informatics
  • undertake international projects assessing an organisation’s data management/delivery capability, doing requirements analysis, writing up reports and advising on their geoinformatics roadmap.

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
  • demonstrable experience working with geospatial standards for data interoperability
  • experience working on specialist interest groups or other technical committees to define and develop technical document/guidance
  • strong technical skills able to demonstrate hands-on expertise of relevant tools and technologies
  • postgraduate degree (MSc) or equivalent work experience
  • an enthusiastic learner able to pick up new skills quickly
  • must show potential to effectively manage multiple simultaneous tasks, demonstrate problem solving ability and work in a flexible manner
  • must be able to communicate effectively (written and orally) with other staff, scientists and developers as well as senior managers and clients
  • must demonstrate the ability to work well in a team
  • willingness to travel and work overseas for short periods of time is essential (weeks).

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



  • you should be educated to 2:1 or above in a relevant degree and have an MSc/PhD or relevant experience working with Spatial Data Standards or a field strongly related to Spatial Data in the Geosciences (e.g. Geographic Information Science, Geography/Geology).


  • geology/environmental science qualification (e.g. A Level) or equivalent.



  • substantial postgraduate experience in the development or application of standards for spatial data, ideally (but not essentially) within the geosciences.


  • demonstrate a strong background in GIS analysis and application development
  • experience of working within an agile project team.



  • knowledge and implementation experience of open standards for geospatial web services (e.g. WMS, WFS, WCS)
  • knowledge of GIS applications (ESRI, QGIS, Cadcorp)
  • knowledge of relational databases (e.g. Oracle)
  • strong technical skills relating to standards such as being able to develop XML transformations, maintain and manage XML schemas, validate rules, UML etc.


  • experience of desktop GIS application development
  • knowledge of 3D geological modelling
  • web development experience building spatial applications using relevant technologies such as MapServer, GeoServer, OpenLayers, ArcGIS Server and Leaflet.

Skills and Abilities


  • ability to engage with partners/committees agreeing development or usage of standards for spatial data
  • ability to assess an organisation’s data management/delivery capability, doing requirements analysis, writing up reports and advising on their geoinformatics roadmap
  • ability to present and advocate GeoSpatial principles and standards clearly to external and internal colleagues and non-scientists (orally and written form)
  • ability to prioritise work and set clear objectives.


  • ability to adapt to change and work in a flexible manner.

Personal Qualities


  • excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • able to communicate effectively to both junior and senior members of staff
  • able to work well in a team.



  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC
  • displays an enthusiasm for your science/your role and a desire to develop this further through Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • willingness to travel and work overseas for short periods of time (weeks).

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.

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.

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