Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC252539
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 27 January 2020
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 29 February 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 to £33,459 (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band D
Contract Type: 3 year fixed term appointment
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 29th February 2020
Interview Date: Early March 2020


We have an opportunity for a talented and motivated Marine Geoscientist with proven commercial experience to join our Environmental Change Adaptation and Resilience (ECAR) challenge area at our offices in Edinburgh which are located on the Heriot-Watt University campus.

We would like you to play a leading role in the analysis and interpretation of 2D and 3D seismic datasets to support Seafloors strategy for growth in the offshore renewables sector.

You will be required to:

  • Undertake the detailed analysis and interpretation of 2D and 3D seismic datasets acquired as part of ongoing site investigations for offshore windfarms
  • Carry out analysis and interpretation of geotechnical and geophysical logs and borehole data and their integration with geological interpretations
  • Develop scientifically robust, processed based ‘ground models’ which can be used to inform the planning and installation of offshore windfarms
  • Write factual commercial and technical reports.

There will be a requirement to travel to attend project meetings with clients and relevant scientific conferences – this may on occasions include overseas travel and working offshore.

You will also be expected to:

  • Carry out high-resolution geological mapping of the seafloor and subsurface as part of National Capability funded projects
  • Contribute to QA and QC of commercial reports and other deliverables
  • Write peer-reviewed papers.

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.

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



  • A degree or masters in a relevant subject such as earth sciences or geophysics and/or relevant commercial work experience. (S)


  • Full driving licence for travel to remote areas. (S)



  • Relevant experience in the analysis and interpretation of 2D and 3D seismic datasets (S&I)
  • Experience in the analysis and interpretation sedimentary sequences deposited in glacial environments and/or fluvial and coastal landscapes (S&I)
  • Experience of the interpretation of structurally complex deformed sedimentary sequences. (S&I)


  • Experience in the analysis and interpretation of geotechnical and geophysical logs and integration with geological interpretations (S&I)
  • An understanding of the acquisition and processing of subsurface geophysical data. (S&I)



  • Knowledge of commercially available IT packages for the analysis of seismic data – e.g. Kingdom Suite. (S)


  • Knowledge of commercially available graphics packages – e.g. CorelDraw. (S)

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to present their science clearly to non-scientists and clients (S&I)
  • Excellent presentation skills (I)
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills (S&I)
  • Good attention to detail (S&I)
  • Ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines. (S&I)

Personal Qualities


  • Approachable (I)
  • Able to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team (I)
  • Able to travel off-site and occasionally overseas. (S&I) 



  • Displays an enthusiasm for your scientific field and a desire to develop this further (I)
  • Demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development (S&I)
  • Demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems. (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.

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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