Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC250547
Location Wallingford See on Map
Salary £24777 - £26932
Date Posted 13 August 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 13 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 per annum to £26,932 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 13th September 2019
Interview Date: W/C 30th September 2019 in Wallingford


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.

BGS have just launched a new Science Strategy, 'Gateway to the Earth' focused on solving problems around the three science challenges: decarbonisation and resource management; environmental change, adaptation and resilience, and multi-hazards and resilience.

We currently have an opportunity for a talented and highly motivated Hydrogeologist to join one of our groundwater research groups based at the BGS in Wallingford, Oxfordshire to work on projects addressing challenge of environmental change, adaption and resilience.

About the role

BGS has an internationally leading reputation for research excellence in hydrogeology and groundwater science.  A particular strength is in addressing issues that have the potential to affect the availability and quality of groundwater, and the wider environment.  An example of this is our work on characterising and assessing the response of groundwater resources to environmental change.  Understanding the challenges posed by changes to water resources requires a multi-disciplinary approach integrating groundwater data with information on the wider water cycle.

You will take a leading role in supporting the delivery of a number of BGS-led, high profile, UKRI- and UK government, and EU-funded collaborative research projects related to the long-term sustainability of groundwater resources under environmental change both in the UK and internationally. Activities will vary from project-to-project, but will include processing, modelling and visualisation of large environmental datasets, field data and information capture including groundwater monitoring, and the preparation of reports and publications for the peer-reviewed literature.

Working closely with our partners, the work will contribute to maximising the use of BGS data and its improved management, reducing uncertainties in the management of groundwater resources under environmental change, and to improved responses to extreme events such as floods and droughts.

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



  • educated to 2:1 or above and have a MSc in Hydrogeology or a related subject
  • valid driving licence and willingness to drive as the role requires travel to remote areas.


  • applicants without a MSc in Hydrogeology should have undertaken some basic training in Hydrogeology.



  • experience in working with and interpreting large environmental datasets
  • experience in designing and completing groundwater field investigations, including one or more of the following: groundwater sampling, environmental monitoring, sample analysis and hydraulic property measurement (e.g. pump testing).


  •  experience in development and application of hydrogeological conceptual models.



  • knowledge of hydrogeological processes and their influence on groundwater resources and application to environmental problems
  • knowledge of UK hydrogeology.


  • knowledge of groundwater resource modelling.

Skills and abilities:


  • demonstrable ability to manipulate and visualise large environmental datasets using software packages such as R and/or MATLAB
  • effective written communication skills
  • excellent oral communication skills and an ability to present science clearly to scientists and non-scientists
  • ability to adapt to and work effectively as part of a team as well as independently
  • ability to prioritise work and manage time effectively.


  • use of GIS software (such as ArcGIS)
  • use of Microsoft Access.

Personal Qualities:


  • 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 advancing 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.

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