Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC248780
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £24777 - £26932
Date Posted 14 March 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 22 April 2019
Interview Date 09 May 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 per annum to £26,932 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band C
Contract Type: 3 year fixed term appointment
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 22 April 2019
Interview Date: 9th and 10th May 2019

We are looking for an enthusiastic, new/recent graduate in electronics/instrumentation (or a related subject) who is looking to establish their career within a world-leading geological survey.

You will have the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to work in a leading research team focussed on deploying geophysical technologies both nationally and internationally. Your work will include:

  • undertaking Research & Development in the field of electronic engineering in support of Geophysical Tomography team projects
  • a strong fieldwork (research sites) and laboratory component – particularly in support of the development, operation and maintenance of remotely logged geophysical instrumentation
  • contributing to the development and maintenance of geophysical field observatories in the UK, Europe and internationally (recent projects include: Canada, India and Zambia)
  • undertaking laboratory-based technical developments to support the Geophysical Tomography team’s research programme.

You will also be expected to:

  • contribute to business development through supporting senior colleagues in developing research funding applications and the generation of new commercial projects
  • contribute to the team’s profile through supporting the communication of research in journals, and presentations at meetings and conferences
  • undertake professional development activities, such as CPD, training courses and attending exhibitions/conferences
  • provide engineering support for activities across the Geophysical Tomography team’s programme of work.

You will join an established, dynamic team of engineers and scientists who work with UK and overseas governments, external organisations, commercial clients and Higher Education Institutes to deliver leading-edge instrumentation for non-invasive geoelectrical imaging of the shallow subsurface.

This technology is being developed for monitoring built infrastructure (e.g. dams and reservoirs), natural hazards (e.g. landslides), and environmental management (e.g. nuclear waste management, contaminated land remediation and the protection of groundwater and soils).

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



  • undergraduate degree in electronics/instrumentation or a related subject (for applicants graduating in 2019, please provide evidence of your predicted degree class)
  • a clean UK driving licence
  • passport holder.


  • Chartered status.



  • measurement instrumentation
  • electronic design
  • laboratory electronics
  • site based instrumentation
  • fault finding
  • planning and coordinating projects, including equipment specification.


  • experience of working in a scientific environment
  • instrument development
  • management/supervisory experience
  • project management experience
  • experience in budget management
  • experience in managing customised delivery
  • liaising with external partners.



  • knowledge of electronic engineering design and the use of associated electronic design IT packages
  • code writing including Python
  • data management and visualisation
  • knowledge of electrical safety and safe operation at the bench, in the laboratory and in the field.


  • knowledge of Firmware development
  • use of Arduino platform
  • use of Raspberry Pi platform
  • experience of Logistics
  • familiar with the use of graphical software packages such as Publisher and Corel Draw.

Skills and Abilities


  • skills, knowledge and ability to solve practical electronic and computational based problems
  • ability to measure, analyse and interpret datasets acquired from bench-top testing
  • effective written and verbal communication skills
  • good attention to detail
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating the ability to participate effectively as a team member.


  • ability to present your work clearly to non-specialists
  • good presentation skills
  • workshop/laboratory management experience.

Personal Qualities


  • self-motivated with an ability to work unsupervised
  • enthusiasm for site-based engineering activities, with an ability to travel both within the UK and internationally
  • aptitude for laboratory measurements, apparatus and experimentation
  • approachable with an alignment to BGS Core Values.



  • displays an enthusiasm for their engineering role and a desire to develop this further through their own Continuing Professional Development
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve engineering and scientific problems.


  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS, NERC and UKRI.

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.

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.
Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote the appropriate reference number when calling.

If you have not already logged into iRecruitment (including as a current employee) you will be re-directed to the login/register page by clicking the "apply now" button.

If you don't have an account with us, by choosing to register you consent to UK SBS processing the information you provide as part of the Recruitment Service. You can select appropriate job alerts and notifications as part of your account preferences, and you are able to close your account (withdraw consent) should you wish to do so. Before starting your online application and inputting your personal details, please read our Privacy Notice which contains full details of how your information is processed once you have made an application.

If you would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), are unable to apply online or do not wish to create an account but would still like to apply for a specific role, please contact us by telephone on 01793 867000.

Related Vacancies