Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC245649
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £64675 - £74500
Date Posted 25 June 2018
Grade UKRI-Band G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 29 July 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Total salary package circa £74,500 per annum (inclusive of basic salary of £64,675 plus up to circa 10k special allowance depending on experience) relocation assistance available
Grade: UKRI Band G
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 29th July 2018

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is housed in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally. 

It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts.  BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employees 650 people.  It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.  BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.

The UK GEOS project, commissioned by NERC, follows the Government's 2014 announcement that it would allocate £31 million to create world-class, subsurface energy-research test centres to develop home grown energy supplies in the UK and create world-class subsurface research expertise in the UK. This investment is expected to place the UK at the forefront of a multi-billion pound market globally and provide independent evidence for better regulation and public confidence in this area. BGS will deliver this project and is investing a further £7.5 million in operating UK GEOS.

Additionally, BGS is working globally with providers of geo energy test beds with the EU for the European Plate Observing System (EPOS) and in partner with research institutes in Iceland, Canada, the US and Australia.

BGS is seeking to appoint a new Science Director, an experienced Science Lead to develop the science of UK GEOS and other energy test beds globally that are within the BGS research portfolio.  The UK GEOS project is investing in the research infrastructure that will facilitate the development of world-leading knowledge applicable to a wide range of energy technologies including shale gas, geothermal and carbon capture and storage. It is developing two subsurface research centres that will be run by BGS. These will be world-leading facilities for research, technology and monitoring of the subsurface which will provide openly available data for academia, industry and regulators. 

The first research field site in the Thornton area (Cheshire) is focussing on the deeper subsurface, including shale gas and carbon capture and storage (CCS). The second research field site will be in Scotland and will focus on geothermal energy.

The UKGEOS Project Board maintains an oversight of progress of the project and is developing a full science and innovation case along with a stakeholder engagement plan.  The role of the new Science Director post will report into the BGS Director of Science & Technology, Professor Mike Stephenson.  You will be responsible for developing scientific engagement with the UK GEOS infrastructure and will lead and inspire BGS scientists to develop a substantial scientific programme for UK GEOS and other energy test beds.  You will integrate UK GEOS with academic and industrial partnerships in the UK and internationally.  You will also play a key leadership role in the joint BGS and University of Nottingham Geo Energy Research Centre as well as in linking the BGS Lyell Centre with Heriot Watt University in Scotland. 

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.

The Science Director for UK & Global Geo Energy Observatories will be an internationally recognised scientific leader, with a substantial peer reviewed scientific output, including publications based in underground test or borehole array facilities.  

In addition, as a senior member of the UK GEOS team, it is expected that you will be able to demonstrate the following relevant experience, abilities, attributes, and skills:

  • a successful track record of science leadership at a senior level
  • experience in designing and implementing scientific experiments and tests in sub-surface geological infrastructure, mainly in borehole arrays
  • experience of managing and leading a substantial team of scientists associated with a test or experimental facility
  • ability to convene and chair a Management Committee to oversee the facilities
  • evidence of prior leadership of  complex, multi-disciplinary research projects
  • a willingness to act as the public face of the BGS
  • a commitment to providing inspiring leadership in collaborative pure and applied research
  • the ability to articulate to other members of the Centre and externally, a compelling vision of the powerful contribution that its work can make in some of the world’s key research challenges
  • exceptional team-working, communication, interpersonal and management skills.
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.

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