Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC249898
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 27 June 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 July 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £33,459 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th July 2019
Interview Date: 4th September 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 interface with the wider environment, 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.

We have an opportunity for a talented and highly motivated Hydrogeologist to join our Groundwater Research Group based at the BGS Headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham.

About the role

BGS has an internationally leading reputation for research excellence in hydrogeology and groundwater science. A particular strength is in addressing emerging issues that have the potential to affect the availability and quality of groundwater, and the wider environment. An example of this is the increasing interest in the use and exploitation of the deep sub-surface e.g. for extraction of shale gas and geothermal energy. Understanding the environmental risks requires an improved multi-disciplinary approach, understanding of groundwater flow and pollutant transport processes.

You will play a leading role in supporting the delivery of a number of BGS led, high profile UK-government, UKRI and EU funded collaborative research projects associated with shale gas development. These projects aim to improve our ability to understand and quantify the risks associated with different stages of the industrial operation and in the context of wider environmental risks.

As part of this, the research is considering the most effective methods for characterising and monitoring groundwater conditions (chemical and flow), hydrogeological property measurement and evaluating the information needs for hydrogeological/hydrochemical/risk modelling. A range of outcomes and outputs are expected, and these will play an important role in supporting the development of effective groundwater protection strategies and emerging policy.

You will also have opportunity to work on a wider range of groundwater science projects and help shape future programmes and priorities for hydrogeological research at BGS. The work will mostly be UK based, but there may also be opportunities to work overseas for short periods. An important requirement of the role is the ability to undertake periods of fieldwork.

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



  • a 2:1 or above degree and have a PhD in a hydrogeology related subject
  • a valid driving licence and willingness to drive.



  • experience of groundwater sampling, environmental monitoring, sample analysis and hydraulic property measurement (e.g. pump testing)
  • design of groundwater field investigations
  • development of hydrogeological conceptual models and application.


  • track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • experience of working on stakeholder focussed problems.



  • knowledge of hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical processes and their influence on groundwater flow plus quality and application to environmental problems
  • knowledge of UK hydrogeology.


  • knowledge of groundwater flow/geochemical modelling.

Skills and Abilities:


  • effective written communication skills
  • excellent oral communication skills and an ability to present science clearly to scientists and non-scientist
  • ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • ability to prioritise work and manage your time effectively.


  • experience in GIS and Microsoft Access
  • knowledge of statistical and graphical software packages.

Personal Qualities:


  • approachable
  • willingness to undertake fieldwork both within the UK and occasionally abroad
  • demonstrates an alignment to BGS core values.



  • displays an enthusiasm for groundwater science and a desire to advance your knowledge in the subject.


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.

BGS provides a range of flexible working options including flexible working patterns, compressed hours and home working so if you have a need for flexibility, please raise this in the recruitment process when your needs, balanced with the requirements of the role, will be fully considered.

UKRI values diversity 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 welcome.  There is a guaranteed Interview scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation and has achieved Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognises an organisation’s commitment and progress in developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.

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Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.
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