Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC250709
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £24777 - £26932
Date Posted 22 August 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 20 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 - £26,932 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band C
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: Friday 20th September 2019
Interviews will take place mid-October

You will play a role in sustaining and developing BGS’s future capability as a leading global provider of research, information and advice on microbial impacts on geological processes and applications, especially in decarbonisation and resource management.

The post involves working alongside other BGS staff and PhD students in the geomicrobiology laboratory, as well as other parts of BGS. You will be involved in laboratory and field-based work on a diverse range of projects, likely to include geological disposal of radioactive waste, storage of carbon dioxide, microbe-mineral interactions, gas storage and methane cycling.

The primary tasks of this role will be to:

  • Set up and run geomicrobiology microcosm experiments as part of our programme of research in areas such as radioactive waste microbiology and carbon capture and storage microbiology
  • Conduct microbiological assays of abundance and activity, particularly in difficult to handle samples such as clays
  • Collect data from continuously logged microbiology experiments, data management using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and basic data analysis
  • General routine laboratory work – preparation of media and solutions, preparation of samples for chemical analysis, in-lab chemical assays, keeping Health & Safety records up to date and preparing Risk Assessments for new techniques
  • UK fieldwork – involvement in the geomicrobiology sampling activities of the UK Geoenergy Observatories project, which may include UK travel and short stays away from home.

You will also be expected to:

  • Assist with science admin and project research within the wider Radioactive Waste Team
  • Conduct molecular microbiology analysis after training (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing).

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



  • First degree, with a minimum of a 2:1 (or 2:2 plus MSc) in an appropriate scientific subject. This is likely to be either a degree in environmental sciences that included a component of microbiology, or a microbiology degree that included modules on environmental microbiology or other environmental science subjects).



  • Evidence of experience or interest in geomicrobiology/microbial ecology/environmental microbiology.


  • Completed an undergraduate dissertation project relevant to the work of BGS microbiology laboratory
  • Experience working in any laboratory setting outside of your degree course requirements (e.g. work experience or paid employment)
  • Experience of working in environmental sciences outside of your degree course requirements (e.g. work experience or paid employment).



  • Knowledge of standard Microsoft programs (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel).

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to use initiative and work unsupervised after training.


  • Additional skills/ability to carry out any of the following will be beneficial:
    • Data collection and handling,
    • Molecular biology techniques,
    • Geochemistry techniques,
    • Bioinformatics or relevant related skills (e.g. experience using Python or R)
    • Working with high-pressure fluid flow systems, specifically in the context of laboratory experiments.

Personal Qualities


  • Must be prepared to carry out UK based fieldwork involving short periods away from home. 



  • 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.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.

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