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Geoscience Collections Manager - Scotland

British Geological Survey

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £29,808 per annum. Grade: UKRI Pay Band C/S2
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 7th June 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024
Job Ref: 240000K7

A great benefits package is offered including an outstanding pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, and access to flexi-time

Hours: Full Time – 37 hours a week

Location: BGS offices in Edinburgh (Heriot-Watt University campus)

About the role

The National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC), hosted by the British Geological Survey (BGS) is seeking an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and organised individual to ensure the appropriate management and curation of the geological samples (Biostratigraphy, Mineral and Petrology collections) and records primarily held in BGS Edinburgh.

The post-holder will be expected to have a good understanding of geology/geoscience and be able to co-ordinate enquiries, visitors and loans to these collections and that of the UK Continental Shelf Scottish Teaching Collection. 

The role involves engaging with scientists and colleagues from across BGS, and with external collaborators to support appropriate samples and records management, including managing associated digital metadata and, under the direction of the Scottish Collections Administrator, liaise with staff depositing new material.

About you

We are looking for someone with an interest in how digital surrogates can support the collections and their wider utility and you will also be comfortable in promoting the collections and their re-use (in supporting geoscience and its application) through appropriate media.

Candidates will need to have a degree of physical fitness as this role involves the repetitive manual handling of rock, core and fossil material, which can weigh up to 20kg (appropriate Health & Safety training will be provided). Some off-site travel may be required, (for example to the BGS Headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham).

Please also see below the specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post which will be assessed at Shortlist (S) stage, interview (I) stage, or both (S&I).

Essential 

  • First degree in a relevant STEM subject or equivalent level of relevant work experience (S)
  • Experience of working with geological or similar collections as well as knowledge of hazards within collections and risk assessment processes (I)
  • Can demonstrate you have worked with databases to manage data (e.g. have managed samples using a database or structured data form) (S&I)
  • Use of (or willingness to learn) digital cameras to produce specimen photographs (S)
  • Ability to communicate and liaise professionally with a wide range of customers in a variety of forms (written and in-person) (S&I)
  • Ability to work unsupervised and with autonomy and adept at problem solving (I)
  • Commitment to/understanding of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (I)

Desirable

  • Experience working with maps and GIS systems (Arc, QGIS) (S)
  • Knowledge of practises / processes/ techniques of sample handling and storage (I)
  • Ability to operate mechanical handling equipment, including forklift trucks (S&I)
  • Familiarity with social media, e.g. and willingness to write blog posts and promote the BGS collections (S&I)

The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 30 June 2024.  Interviews are expected to be held in mid-July 2024 in Edinburgh.

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