Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC246113
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £24435 - £32997
Date Posted 27 July 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 August 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,435 per annum to £32,997 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band C/D
Contract Type: Fixed term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st August 2018
Interview Date: Mid-September


About Us:

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 employs 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.

About the Role:

With proven experience of and a passion for geological modelling, your work will include:
  • development of new BGS 3D geological modelling and uncertainty quantification capability
  • statistical modelling of 3D geology and associated uncertainty
  • supporting the development of the BGS National Geological Model and UK GEOS modelling.

You will also be expected to:

  • statistical contributions to other projects in wider BGS
  • expert elicitation.

You will develop and parameterise 3D geostatistical models, including geostatistical geocellular models using a variety of datasets.  A key element of the role will involve the assessment and quantification of uncertainty in these models.

You will work effectively with teams of geoscientists and other geological modellers and there will be the potential to contribute to developments in the BGS National Geological Model and the UK Geo-Energy Observatories (UK GEOS) project.

You will be able to: interact with users of models; explain key aspects of geological modelling to non-specialists and; advise users on how models should be interpreted. The work will be largely UK based, but there may be opportunities to work on short duration overseas projects.

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.

Person Specification:



  • post-graduate qualification in either applied statistics or geosciences with a strong statistical component (or equivalent experience in industry).


  • undergraduate or postgraduate degree in geosciences
  • industry experience.

Previous Experience:


  • experience in the development of geological, earth science or environmental models and use of appropriate software
  • experience of quantifying and communicating the uncertainty of model predictions
  • experience of communicating the results of modelling exercises in written reports and/or academic journals.


  • experience in the development of 3D geological models
  • project management experience
  • experience of providing statistical training.



  • knowledge of the statistical methods associated with 3D geological models
  • significant level of geological understanding.


  • wider knowledge of statistical methods applied in the geosciences.

Skills and Abilities:


  • ability to communicate statistical and geological concepts to non-specialists
  • ability to interact with users of geological models
  • ability to work independently, in multidisciplinary teams and across multiple projects
  • excellent presentation skills.

Personal Qualities:


  • approachable
  • willingness to work across multiple BGS sites
  • willingness to regularly travel within the UK and occasionally abroad.



  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems.

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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