Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC248641
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £37789 - £41988
Date Posted 04 March 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 22 April 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789 to £41,988 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 22nd April 2019


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.

BGS has an opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced scientist to assume the role of Senior Engineering Geologist based at our headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham.

About the Role

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

  • interpretation of geotechnical data
  • attribution of 3D geological models with geotechnical data
  • provide Engineering Geology expertise to feed into ground performance models
  • knowledge of geotechnical laboratory testing
  • to provide geotechnical expertise to external enquiries.

Geotechnical laboratory testing requirements will vary depending on the nature of your particular research projects, but an aptitude for developing new methodologies would be a distinct advantage. There will be some overseas travel opportunities but these will vary depending on the research projects that you are involved in.

You will also be expected to provide engineering geological support for various fieldwork campaigns and undertake engineering geological core logging (from BGS invasive SI campaigns). 

You will be required to maintain an up to date understanding of British and international standards relevant to engineering geology field and laboratory testing.  There will be an opportunity to host students and deliver peer review publications and you will take an active role in your own Continuing Professional Development.

You will join an established and 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.  You 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.


Shortlisting and Interview Criteria



  • minimum 2:1 degree in a Geoscience subject (or equivalent work experience)
  • MSc/PhD in a relevant discipline (or equivalent work experience)
  • full driving licence for frequent UK travel.


  • chartered status.



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


  • strong understanding of UK geology
  • demonstrable experience of writing commercial project proposals and/or research grants
  • team management/supervisory experience
  • work experience in a research and customer service environment
  • experience of working with a Shared Services Centre
  • experience of specific processes/systems (e.g. computerised finance and HR systems).



  • knowledge of UK lithostratigraphy
  • knowledge of specific IT packages/approaches, including Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and also ArcGIS
  • 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 Geohazards
  • knowledge of data basing techniques for managing geotechnical data e.g. AGS format.

Skills and Abilities


  • ability to present your science clearly to non-scientists
  • excellent presentation skills
  • ability to work unsupervised
  • very good attention to detail
  • ability to prioritise your work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to work in a variety of teams, demonstrating leadership and participating as a team member
  • flexible approach
  • ability 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 role in the organisation.

Personal Qualities


  • approachable
  • demonstrates an alignment to BGS Core Values
  • professional attitude.


  • ability to travel off-site and abroad occasionally.



  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS, NERC and UKRI
  • displays an enthusiasm for your science and a desire to develop this further
  • demonstrates and interest in your own Continuing Professional Development
  • demonstrates curiosity, practicality and a drive to resolve scientific and engineering 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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