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Job advertisement PDRA Geochemical/Groundwater Modeller

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PDRA Geochemical/Groundwater Modeller

PDRA Geochemical/Groundwater Modeller

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British Geological Survey

Keyworth, Nottingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)



Pay Band D - £31,305 per annum

Preferred education

Application deadline
28 March 2021

19 February 2021

Job description

The role will be based at the BGS Headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham
Appointment will be at UKRI Pay Band D – £31,305 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.

About the role
A vacancy has arisen in the NERC-funded Lithium for Future Technology (LiFT) project team for a highly motivated and enthusiastic PDRA Geochemical or Groundwater modeller.

LiFT aims to examine the whole lithium cycle. As part of this project we will develop improved models of salars (basins of internal drainage) in which lithium brine is created and concentrated. We are seeking a suitably experience geochemical or solute transport / brine modeller to supplement the existing research team. The work will be mostly UK based but there may also be opportunities to work overseas for short periods of time, mainly in South America. You will work as part of the LiFT 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 within high Andean salars.

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 and have PhD in a subject related to the post. You should also have experience in the development and application of numerical models to simulate brine movement and evolution together with knowledge of software development in numerical modelling, GIS and data processing.

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.

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 on a secondment basis and would also move to UKRI terms and conditions.

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.

Applications are being handled by UK Shared Business Services.

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

Closing date for receipt of applications is 28 March 2021. Interviews are expected to be held April 2021.

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.

The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation and has achieved Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognises an organisation’s commitment and progress in developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.