Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC247133
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 25 October 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 November 2018
Interview Date 04 December 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 to £32,997 pa (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI-Band D
Contract type: Open-ended
Hours: Full-time (a range of flexible working options may be available)
Closing date: 18th November 2018
Interview date: week commencing 4th December 2018

About the role:

We have an opportunity for a talented, motivated and experienced, User Experience and Interface (UX/UI) Developer to join our Informatics Science Directorate. This is a great opportunity to develop not only your own career but champion the role of UX within environmental science.

You will help create a small team with responsibilities to deliver quality designs that underpin BGS projects at the forefront of global efforts to address environmental challenges by combining scientific knowledge with emerging technologies.  You will initially work on the UX and UI solutions to a range of projects without the constraints of managing those projects. We are looking for someone that has the potential to promote and help shape the future role of UX and user centred design within BGS and ability to grow a team in this emerging area.

About you:

If you have many of the key skills below and you want to work for a forward-thinking environmental science institute at the forefront of global geoinformatics, then we would be very interested to hear from you.

Primary tasks:

  • gathering and evaluating user requirements, in collaboration with product managers and engineers
  • transforming client requests into testable, user-centred, design concepts
  • analysing challenges and producing sketches, wireframes, task flows, prototypes, personas and user journeys that capture the essence of the problems to be solved
  • assessing the likely success of UX designs by preparing and conducting user research and usability tests
  • designing elegant user experiences that work across a wide range of digital platforms
  • combine design skills with Front-End technical development skills to create User Interfaces (UI) to deliver and visualise BGS data and information.

Other tasks:

  • working with developers to translate designs into development tasks
  • contribute to corporate and project specific style guides
  • promote and help shape the future role of UX and user centred design (UI) within BGS and the wider environmental science community.

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.



  • BSc (or equivalent) in Design, Computer Science or equivalent experience.



  • significant professional experience (and evidence) of UX/UI work
  • rapid prototyping.


  • background in project management and research
  • familiarity with interaction design and information architecture
  • experience working with data and data scientists to turn their insights into digital products
  • examples of building interfaces powered by data
  • 3D design, game engines or other tools that can be used to communicate spatial data
  • A/B Testing.



  • proficient in prototyping tools (e.g. UXPin, Balsamiq,, InVision, Axure)
  • up-to-date knowledge of design software (e.g. Sketch, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop)
  • good practical knowledge of HTML/CSS/JavaScript
  • broad knowledge of design trends and emerging technologies.


  • an appreciation of the needs of our target stakeholders (such as the UK researcher community, citizens interested in science, industrial consumers of digital products).

Skills and abilities


  • competent visual design skills in a variety of media
  • ability to use own initiative to solve problems
  • analytical mind with a business acumen
  • team spirit; strong communication skills to collaborate with various stakeholders, including technical developers
  • good time-management skills (specifically with regards to getting the UX work done in good time for developers to progress)
  • willing and able to challenge client perceptions
  • ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • ability to learn new technologies and methodologies
  • ability to lead a team and contribute to a cultural change in use of UX/UI within software development practices.


  • strong drawing skills
  • excellent attention to detail.

Personal qualities


  • proactive in approach to understanding the needs of our users and scientist stakeholders
  • approachable
  • alignment to BGS Core values
  • able to travel off site/ abroad if required
  • potential to help shape the future role of UX and user centred design within BGS.



  • demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve design problems.


  • enthusiasm for geology and the geosciences.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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. 

We also offer:

  • bike to work and free parking
  • health and wellbeing support
  • social clubs and on-site sports facilities.

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.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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