UK Geo-Energy Observatories (UK GEOS) Science Lead

British Geological Survey

Fixed Term until 31 March 2020

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the UK’s leading funder of environmental science. NERC invests £330m each year in cutting edge research, postgraduate training and innovation. The British Geological Survey (BGS) is one of NERC’s Research Centres and is a world leading, forward thinking geological science institute with a focus on both public good science for government and geoscientific research to understand earth and environmental processes.

NERC is now seeking an experienced Science Lead to develop the science of UK GEOS and other energy test beds across the BGS.  It is developing two subsurface research centres that will be run by BGS. The first research field site in the Thornton area (Cheshire).  The second research field site will be in Scotland and will focus on geothermal energy.

NERC has established a Project Board which, among other things, is developing a full science case and a stakeholder engagement plan. As part of that process, NERC and BGS have appointed a project manager, and are now looking for a Science Lead to develop the science of UK GEOS and other subsurface energy test beds across BGS. You will develop scientific engagement with the UKGEOS infrastructure and lead and inspire BGS scientists to develop a substantial scientific programme for UKGEOS. You will integrate UKGEOS with academic and industrial partnerships in the UK and internationally and play a key leadership role in the joint BGS/University of Nottingham Geoenergy Research Centre.

The UK GEOS Science Lead will be an internationally recognised scientific leader, with a substantial peer reviewed scientific output, including publications based in underground test or borehole array facilities. In addition, as a senior member of the UK GEOS team

Applications are managed by UK Shared Business Services; applications should consist of a full CV detailing academic and professional qualifications, full employment history, latest remuneration and relevant achievements. This should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how candidates meet the criteria in the Person Specification, why the appointment is of interest to them and what they believe they can bring to the role.  To apply, please visit our job board at .  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 867000, Please quote reference number IRC244494.

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 1 April 2018. Interviews will be held at BGS, Keyworth, Nottingham on Wednesday 18th April 2018.

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 organization and has achieved Bronze status for Athena Swan – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education.   There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

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