Marine Geoscientists (3 posts)

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 UK’s premier centre for earth science information and expertise. New opportunities have arisen to join our Marine and Petroleum Geology research teams at our office in Edinburgh.

Depending on experience and research interests you will either form part of the Marine Geology and Marine Geohazards teams focused on the near-surface, or our Continental Margin and Regional Hydrocarbon Exploration teams focused on the geology and hydrocarbon prospectivity of deeper sections. You will be involved in developing an expertise in one or more areas of (a) marine geoscience (e.g. sedimentary processes, geohazards, habitats, engineering geology, and geophysics) or (b) petroleum geology and basin analysis (e.g. tectono-stratigraphic analysis, seismic interpretation, sedimentology, non-conventional hydrocarbons). All staff are expected to demonstrate a keen interest in research and build a scientific profile through publication. In addition you will contribute to commissioned research for marine and petroleum industries (e.g. renewables, oil and gas, aggregates).

Current marine geology projects include detailed mapping and modelling of the sea-bed and shallow geology based on multibeam, seismic and sample information, with applications to climate change, geohazards, Quaternary geology, the development of marine renewables, conservation and deep-sea minerals and hydrates. There will be opportunities for sea-going research, including UK research cruises and the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP).

Current petroleum related projects include industry co-funded work in the Faroe-Shetland Basin and the North Atlantic and major contracts to provide geological advice to Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Falkland Islands Government. In addition you will contribute to the wider science programme, which has a current emphasis on the tectonics and geology of passive continental margins.

You must be proficient in the use of appropriate professional office software. In addition you should demonstrate capability in dealing with staff and clients and have evidence of communicating clearly (both written and orally).

Candidates must have either:

a) at least a 2.1 honours degree and/or Masters in geology or geophysics

Post 1 – Marine Geoscientist graduates (looking to appoint 2 positions)………IRC68750 Post 2 – Petroleum and Basin Analyst graduate………………………………IRC68749


b) at least a 2.1 honours degree and/or Masters in geology or geophysics and a PhD in a related field of geology or geophysics

Post 3 Post-doctoral Marine Geoscientist……………………………………IRC68750 Post 4 Post-doctoral Petroleum and Basin Analyst………………………IRC68749

Depending on qualifications and experience, starting salary will be £19,540 per annum to £29,410 per annum. Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.

Applications are managed by the RCUK Shared Services Centre; to apply for this post please visit our job board at and complete an online application form. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867003

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 14 November 2012.

The Natural Environment Research Council is an equal opportunities employer 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 welcome. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.



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