Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC249474
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 28 May 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 June 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 per annum to £32,997 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band D
Contract Type: 4 year fixed term appointment
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th June 2019

The Groundwater Science Directorate has a reputation for research excellence in modelling hydrological and groundwater flow and transport processes within integrated environmental systems, in collaboration with leading university departments and a variety of industrial partners. We are seeking a talented Modeller, with an interest in integrated hydrological and groundwater modelling, and the ability to develop and apply scientific modelling code to environmental problems.

You will principally work on two major new projects:

  • Community Water Management for a Liveable London (CAMELLIA), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council through their Regional Impact from Science of the Environment programme. This 5-year project, led by Imperial College London, working in collaboration with researchers from 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 hydrological models and systems tools. Specifically, the role will 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 developed by our research partners
  • 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.

You 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 three years’ subsequent relevant experience
  • completion of maths modules as part of undergraduate or postgraduate degree demonstrating capability in mathematical methods/analysis.


  • full driving licence.



  • experience in the application of numerical models to simulate the terrestrial water cycle at a range of spatial and temporal 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 hydrological and hydrogeological processes and their representation in mathematical models
  • knowledge of hydrological/groundwater/land-surface modelling codes.


  • 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 in quantifying uncertainty in environmental models.

Personal Qualities


  • approachable
  • willingness to travel off-site/occasionally abroad
  • alignment to BGS Core values.



  • displays an enthusiasm for hydrological and groundwater science and a desire to develop in their role
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC.

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.

Please note that any internal BGS staff applying for this post would, if successful, be appointed to new UKRI Terms and Conditions and pay.

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