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Job advertisement Groundwater Modeller

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Groundwater Modeller

Groundwater Modeller

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British Geological Survey

Nottingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship

£25,198 per annum to £34,028 per annum

Preferred education

Application deadline
29 November 2020

28 October 2020

Job description


The role will be based at the BGS Headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham
Appointment will be at UKRI Pay Band C or D depending on qualifications and experience.
Pay Band C salary is from £25,198 per annum to £27,390 per annum
Pay Band D salary is from £31,305 per annum to £34,028 per annum
Full-time – 37 hours a week (a range of flexible working options may be available)
2 year fixed term appointment

About us
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is part of 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.

The BGS Monitoring and Forecasting Topic has a reputation for research excellence in modelling groundwater flow and transport processes in collaboration with leading university departments and a variety of industrial partners. Our research aims to better understand and model a range of flow and transport processes within integrated environmental systems, and how they respond to changing environmental and anthropogenic stresses. In addition to our NERC-funded research programme we undertake commissioned research for a wide range of external clients, both within the UK and overseas.

About the role
You will contribute to a range of hydrogeological and environmental science projects in the Monitoring and Forecasting Topic, including for example, the Hydro-JULES research programme (, and the Philippine Groundwater Outlook. The work will be mostly UK based but there may also be opportunities to work overseas for short periods of time. You will work as part of a project team and provide the expertise required to develop and apply groundwater/mathematical models, and analysis techniques in the understanding of fluid flow and transport. You will also be expected to have a role in the development of environmental modelling more generally within the organisation, and in collaboration with other academic and industrial partners. As part of a larger community of modellers and geoscientists in BGS you will be expected to share your knowledge and contribute to the development of new research ideas and projects.

About you
You should be educated to 2:1 in a relevant degree and have an MSc or PhD in a related discipline. In addition you must possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written. The post involves team working, therefore you must be able to work effectively with others and have good time management skills. A good understanding of the groundwater-related and wider hydrological/environmental problems and challenges that we face, and the role of science in addressing the knowledge gaps, is desirable

Please also refer to the specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.

What we offer
A generous benefits package is also offered, including a very competitive pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, free parking and access to flexi-time.

We also offer the ‘Bike to Work’ scheme, free parking, health and wellbeing support, social clubs and on-site sports facilities.

Please note that any internal BGS staff applying for this post would, if successful, be appointed to new UKRI Terms and Conditions and pay.

How to apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. We would stress the importance of this paperwork in our selection process. A well thought through application addressing the advertised essential and desirable criteria for the post will be considered far more favourably than a generic covering letter and CV.

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Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on
+44 (0)1793 867000.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 29th November 2020. Interviews are expected to be held in December 2020.

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.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity across our organisation as well as across all areas of our science community. As such, we aim to have a workforce with employees from all backgrounds with people who are passionate about earth science and who share our commitment to work for the good of the environment and the benefit of society.

We will actively seek to avoid discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), sex or sexual orientation, being trans or a member of the non-binary community, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave or religion.