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Geomagnetic Scientist

British Geological Survey - UKRI - NERC

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £30,357 to £32,997 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 7th December 2018
Closes: 9th January 2019
Job Ref: IRC247662

About Us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is housed in 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.

About the Role

We have an opportunity for a talented and motivated Geomagnetic Scientist to join our Earth Hazards & Observatories Science Directorate.

The Geomagnetism Team undertakes long-term monitoring of the Earth’s magnetic field through the operation of magnetic observatories in the UK and overseas. We use worldwide land, marine, airborne and satellite data to make global models describing how the Earth's magnetic field changes in space and time and what that reveals about physical processes within the solid Earth. We also research the magnetic field changes in satellite and observatory data that result from space weather and solar activity.

The specific tasks will be:

  • compute regular updates to several global geomagnetic field models using the BGS High Performance Cluster and other scientific computing hardware
  • undertake scientific research into the Earth’s natural magnetic fields leading to improved modelling and understanding of their sources
  • undertake algorithm development to fulfil BGS’s commitment to the ESA Swarm satellite scientific exploitation consortium
  • prepare magnetic data sets over new oil fields for later provision of BGS magnetic referencing services to the oil industry.

You will also be expected to:

  • provide IT support across Geomagnetism Team activities
  • develop tools to monitor global magnetic field model web services logs
  • pursue a programme of continuing personal development as a scientific researcher
  • participate in scientific outreach to customer groups and the general public.

About You

You must have a PhD in geophysics, space science, physics or mathematics, or a similar relevant discipline -or have equivalent post-graduate level experience in a scientific or other research environment.

You should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of geomagnetism and geophysical inverse theory. Furthermore, scientific programming skills in at least two languages are essential, and experience of High Performance Cluster programming would be desirable.

You will be a self-motivated person with excellent communication skills and be an active team player. You will be based in Edinburgh offices and must be able to attend the office during normal working hours. The role will require you to occasionally travel both nationally and internationally for meetings and conferences.

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.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at

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

Closing Date: 9th January 2019

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