Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC246860
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £37789 - £41988
Date Posted 27 September 2018
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 October 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789 - £41,988 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 30th October 2018
Interview Date: Mid November 2018

With proven experience of and a passion for Engineering Geology, your work will include:

  • manage and maintain the National Geotechnical properties database
  • undertake and advise on geological and geotechnical 3D modelling
  • responsibility for the BGS Geotechnical geographic information system (GIS)
  • advise on and undertake geotechnical data interpretation
  • provide geotechnical expertise for BGS baseline and hazard products
  • provide geotechnical expertise to the BGS enquiries service.

Geotechnical laboratory testing requirements will vary with the nature of research projects, but an aptitude for developing new methodologies would be an advantage.  Overseas travel opportunities will vary depending on the research projects that you contribute to.

You will also be expected to:

  • maintain an up to date understanding of British and international standards relevant to Engineering Geology field and laboratory testing
  • provide engineering geological support for various BGS fieldwork campaigns
  • undertake engineering geological core logging (from BGS invasive SI campaigns) as required.

There will be an opportunity to host students and deliver peer review publications and you will be expected to actively participate in your own professional and personal development.  You will join an established, dynamic team of researchers who work with UK and overseas partners, consortia and Higher Education Institutes to deliver research characterising UK rock and soil formations in terms of their lithological and engineering properties.  The successful candidate will contribute to established projects as well as develop the team’s research portfolio.

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.



  • minimum 2:1 in Geoscience degree
  • MSc/PhD in relevant discipline
  • full driving licence.


  • chartered status.



  • track record in the investigation, analysis of geotechnical data
  • familiar with soil mechanics testing, and interpretation of results
  • demonstrate team-working skills
  • proven ability of good project and people management skills
  • flexibility to respond to the demand from different projects
  • proven oral and written communication skills
  • project management experience
  • work experience in a public sector (or commercial) environment
  • budget management experience.


  • strong understanding of UK geology
  • demonstrate experience of writing commercial project proposals and/or research grants
  • committee experience, e.g. representation at BS committees would be valuable
  • management/supervisory experience
  • work in a research and customer service environment
  • experience of working with a Shared Services Centre
  • experience of specific processes/systems (e.g. computerised finance system/computerised HR system).



  • knowledge of specific IT packages/approaches, including Access, Excel, Word, Powerpoint and ArcGIS
  • knowledge of data basing techniques for managing geotechnical data, e.g. AGS format
  • knowledge of British Standards relating to ground investigation and laboratory testing
  • knowledge of a broad range of ground investigation techniques and geotechnical laboratory testing
  • knowledge of UK lithostratigraphy.


  • contaminated Land
  • hydrogeology
  • geohazards.

Skills and Abilities


  • ability to present their science clearly to non-scientists
  • excellent presentation skills
  • effective written communication skills
  • ability to work unsupervised
  • good attention to detail
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating an ability to lead teams and to participate as a team member
  • flexible approach
  • able to assimilate field and laboratory data for geological interpretation
  • experience of developing conceptual ground models.


  • ability to train students
  • ability to empathise with the needs of the business and colleagues and relate this to your support role in the organisation
  • experience of managing small teams.

Personal Qualities 


  • approachable
  • alignment to BGS Core values.

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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