Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC249539
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 21 May 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 05 July 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 per annum to £33,459 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band D
Contract Type: 3 year fixed term appointment
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 5th July 2019
Interview Date: Mid-July

You will be expected to contribute to the continued realignment of the laboratory for changing scientific and commercial priorities to explore biogeochemistry pollutant pathways and food security projects.

This will require the operation of ICP-MS instruments for specialist applications, including element speciation; experimental design for understanding geochemical pathways of potentially harmful elements or micronutrients, using tracer methods.

This will also involve overseas fieldwork for Geochemistry and Health projects in Africa as well as handling complex instrument software, statistical packages and contributing to grant proposals with our network of collaborators in the UK and overseas.

The main tasks of this role will be to:

  • carry out Inorganic Chemistry analyses, encompassing the operation, scheduling/use of staff resources and maintenance of key ICP-MS instruments
  • to grow an external network to develop the outputs of the laboratory, contribute to strategy development and funding opportunities within Inorganic Geochemistry
  • to contribute to training overseas visitors to the Keyworth site and carry out training to stakeholders whilst on overseas fieldwork trips
  • to lead on and contribute to external peer-review publications in order to support the successful realignment of the laboratory to the new BGS Science Strategy.

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



  • Postgraduate qualification in Environmental Science/Chemistry and/or substantial relevant work experience
  • full driving licence.



  • experience of supervising and training students and/or overseas visitors
  • experience in applying environmental geochemistry data to biogeochemistry studies
  • experience of fieldwork in the UK and/or overseas.


  • experience of working in a UKAS accredited laboratory environment
  • leadership of a field team for overseas environmental geochemistry projects.



  • knowledge of statistical software packages (e.g. R, Minitab)
  • proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and GIS
  • knowledge of ICP-MS applied to biogeochemistry studies, in particular the use of HPLC ICP-MS
  • knowledge of experimental design for understanding geochemical pathways (e.g. isotope dilution-tracers).

Skills and Abilities:


  • effective written and oral communication skills with evidence of peer-review papers
  • evidence of the ability to communicate clearly and appropriately with clients
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • able to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating the ability to lead a team as well as participate effectively as a team member.


  • ability to emphasise with the needs of the business and your colleagues and relate this to your science role in the organisation
  • ability to contribute to competitive grant funding proposals.

Personal Qualities:


  • capable and willing to work for extended periods overseas with research partners, e.g. in East Africa or South East Asia
  • can adapt to changing demands on workflows with the ability and desire for cross-disciplinary work and the ability to develop partnerships.



  • displays an enthusiasm for their science and a desire to develop this further
  • demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific 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.

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.

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