Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC252392
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 08 January 2020
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 12 February 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 to £33,459 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band D
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 2 years
Hours: Full Time
Closing 12th February 2020
Interview Date: Late February 2020, in Nottingham


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 interfaces 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.

About the role

BGS is seeking to appoint a highly motivated post-doctoral research assistant to join the Geophysical Tomography and Monitoring Team based at its headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham.

The Geophysical Tomography and Monitoring Team carries out research and development into geophysical surveying and monitoring for a broad range of scientific and engineering applications. Its primary focus is on geoelectrical methods, in which it has a reputation for internationally leading research.

The team, as part of a US/UK collaboration, has recently won a prestigious NSF/NERC-funded grant (“SUN_SPEARS”) to study Arctic soil evolution following glacier retreat. Working in conjunction with team members and international collaborators, this role will provide research focus and dedicated effort (including extensive fieldwork) for the SUN-SPEARS project.

The primary responsibilities of the role will be to:

  • Organise and execute deployment of BGS’s “PRIME” automated Electrical Resistivity Tomography systems for monitoring Arctic soils at a field site in Svalbard, High Arctic
  • Acquire, process and interpret PRIME ERT datasets in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team and international collaborators
  • Disseminate results at international scientific meetings and conferences and in ISI-listed scientific journals.

You may also be expected to contribute to ongoing team activities, including further development of PRIME hardware and methodology.


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

Specific Skills Criteria (S = Shortlist Stage) (I = Interview Stage)



  • PhD (or in the process of submitting) in environmental geophysics or a closely related subject (S)
  • Clean UK driving licence or the ability to obtain a full UK driving licence for travel to remote areas (S)
  • Passport holder for international travel. (S)


  • Chartered status. (S)



  • Field experience of deploying and operating geoelectrical instrumentation (S&I)
  • Experience of field geophysical experimental design (S&I)
  • Experience of acquisition, processing, inversion and interpretation of time-lapse geoelectrical imaging data (S&I)
  • Design and implementation of hydrogeophysical laboratory experiments. (S&I)


  • Field experience in the Artic (I)
  • Track record of publication in ISI-listed journals. (S)



  • Knowledge of using commercial or public domain geophysical inversion code (S&I)
  • Knowledge of office software (MS-Office or equivalent) (I)
  • Knowledge of visualisation software. (I)


  • Knowledge of scientific programming. (I)

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent presentation skills (I)
  • Excellent scientific writing skills (S&I)
  • Good attention to detail (S&I)
  • Ability to work unsupervised (S&I)
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines (S&I)
  • Flexible and proactive approach to work. (I)


  • Ability to present their science clearly to non-specialists and non-scientists. (I)

Personal Qualities


  • Good team worker (S&I)
  • Self-motivated (I)
  • Enthusiastic (I)
  • Willing to contribute to large multidisciplinary consortium projects (I)
  • Willing and able to travel for field-work and conferences (I)
  • Willing to give conference and workshop presentations and write reports and papers (I)
  • Alignment to BGS core values. (S&I)


  • Approachable and friendly. (I)



  • Demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems (S&I)
  • Demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS, NERC and UKRI (S&I)
  • Displays an enthusiasm for their science and a desire to develop this further. (I)


  • Demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development. (S&I)

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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