Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC247216
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 26 October 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 November 2018
Interview Date 16 January 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 - £32,997 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI-D
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 years)
Hours: Full Time (37 hours a week, a range of flexible working options may be available)
Closing Date: 30th November 2018
Interview Date: 16th/17th January 2019

The Groundwater Science Directorate has a reputation for research excellence in modelling groundwater flow and transport processes within integrated environmental systems.  In collaboration with leading universities and a variety of industrial partners you will principally work on two major new projects:

(i) Community Water Management for a Liveable London (CAMELLIA), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through their Regional Impact from Science of the Environment programme.  This 5-year project, led by Imperial College London, working in collaboration with researchers at University College London, the University of Oxford, and the BGS, and multiple stakeholder partners, aims to support water management within London by enabling the collaborative application of systems-thinking and co-designed tools.  Specifically, the role will be to support the development and application of a community urban hydrological model for London, integrating surface water, groundwater and infrastructure interactions, and its use within a system dynamics framework.

(ii) Hydro-JULES, a 5-year cross-NERC Centre and BGS project to develop a new generation of terrestrial hydrological models linked to the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES), in collaboration with national and international organisations, universities and institutes working on the development of the JULES model and an associated model integration framework.  Specifically, the role will be to improve the representation and parameterisation of groundwater processes in JULES and the Hydro-JULES framework, and its application at a range of space and time-scales.

The appointee may also be required to make contributions to a range of other interdisciplinary projects in the Groundwater Science Directorate.  The work will be mostly UK based but there may also be opportunities to work overseas for short periods of time.

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.



  • educated to 2:1 and either have a PhD in a subject related to the post, or a MSc and subsequent relevant experience
  • completion of maths modules as part of undergraduate or postgraduate degree demonstrating capability in mathematical methods/analysis.


  • full UK driving license.



  • experience in the application of numerical models to simulate the terrestrial water cycle at a range of spatial and scales.


  • track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • experience of the simulation of the effects of green-infrastructure on catchment hydrology and/or land-surface modelling
  • experience of working on stakeholder focussed problems.



  • broad and detailed knowledge of hydrogeological and hydrological processes and their representation in mathematical models
  • knowledge of groundwater / hydrological / land-surface modelling codes e.g. MODFLOW, JULES, SWMM, InfoWorks.


  • knowledge of, or experience of working within, the UK water industry
  • knowledge of global-scale hydrological modelling.

Skills and Abilities:


  • ability to develop and modify hydrological/groundwater modelling software using one or more scientific programming languages
  • effective written communication skills
  • excellent oral communication skills and an ability to present science clearly to non-scientists
  • ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • ability to prioritise work and manage time effectively.


  • capability to program in C++ and Fortran
  • experience of quantifying uncertainty in environmental models
  • ability to work unsupervised
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities.

Personal Qualities:


  • approachable
  • alignment to BGS Core values.


  • able to travel off-site/abroad occasionally.



  • displays an enthusiasm for their science/their role and a desire to develop this further
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems.


  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC
  • demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development.

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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