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Geothermal Scientist/ Science Lead for the UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow (UKGEOS)

British Geological Survey

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £59,461 to £65,407 (depending on qualifications and experience). UKRI Pay Band F/S2
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th December 2023
Closes: 14th January 2024
Job Ref: 230001IU

BGS offices in Edinburgh, which are situated on the Heriot-Watt University campus (with regular travel to the UKGEOS Glasgow site and nationally)

UKRI Pay Band F/S2 – salary range is £59,461 to £65,407 (depending on qualifications and experience)

A great benefits package is offered including an outstanding pension scheme (with an extremely generous employer contribution – on average 27% of your pay), 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, and access to flexi-time

Full-time – 37 hours a week (some flexible working options may be available including a small amount of remote working in line with BGS policy)

Permanent 

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join BGS to lead on geothermal science direction, scientific delivery, and utilisation of the UK Geoenergy Observatory in Glasgow. Advancing the evidence base and innovations in shallow geothermal from the unique subsurface observatory, this senior role will deliver impacts towards decarbonisation of heat/cool/storage.

The successful candidate will work closely with, and be supported by, the BGS ‘geoenergy’ senior leadership team.

You will manage a programme of projects developing up to £500k plus, lead multi-disciplinary teams of BGS scientists, collaborative projects with academia, industry, and government, as well as being the key contact for a wide range of stakeholders. Your key duties / responsibilities will include:

Strategic Direction

  • Responsibility for strategic science direction, ideas, plans and communication to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Joint Responsibility with the UKGEOS Operations Manager for strategic direction in growing the Glasgow Observatory.

Leading science

  • Lead and deliver a portfolio of multi-disciplinary science and data projects around the Glasgow Observatory and mine water geothermal/mine underground thermal storage.
  • Responsibility for BGS-led science specific to the Glasgow Observatory.

Developing funding opportunities

  • Responsibility for BGS and collaborative scientific and innovation grant applications including utilisation of the Glasgow Observatory.
  • Joint Responsibility with UKGEOS Operations Manager and BGS Business Development for generating external business for utilisation of the Glasgow Observatory.

Delivering Benefit

  • Responsibility for delivering the scientific and impact parts of the benefits realisation plan.

Managing data activities

  • Involvement in BGS environmental monitoring outputs and geothermal energy datasets.

About you

You will have a first degree in a relevant subject plus a PhD (or MSc and comparable work experience), plus significant relevant industry, academic or regulatory experience working in a research environment.

You will have substantial amount of specialist scientific expertise and contribution via outputs/impacts to advancing shallow geothermal/underground thermal storage, along with evidence of winning funding.  In addition, we are looking for demonstrable scientific project leadership and management of a portfolio of projects within large, multidisciplinary teams to deliver clear scientific outputs on time and to budget.

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

The closing date for receipt of applications is 14th January 2024.  Interviews are expected to be held in late January or early February 2024 in Edinburgh.

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