Recruiting for UKRI and UK SBS
230001EI Requisition #

Survey Geologist

Location: These roles can be based at either the BGS headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham or at our offices in Edinburgh and Cardiff
The roles will work directly within the BGS National Geology programme
Grade: UKRI - Band D/S2
Salary: £37,500 to £41,250 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Hours: Full-time – 37 hours a week (on site attendance for at least two thirds of the week will be required with a small amount of remote working, in line with BGS policy)
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: 17th December 2023

Please note that internal UKRI applicants will currently be subject to the UKRI Pay & Reward Policy & Guidance to determine their starting salary


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

Successful candidates will be expected to travel and work away from home in the UK for several weeks during fieldwork periods


About the role

As a BGS Survey Geologist you will join the team in the National and International Geoscience Directorate and will help deliver BGS’ National Geology programme of geological mapping and modelling. This area underpins BGS’s role as the national geological survey to provide relevant, coherent, and up to date data and knowledge of the UK’s geology. The role will be directly involved in a new programme of work to investigate and map the geology of key UK regions. This will involve collecting geological data, making field observations, and contributing to geological interpretations, map data and models.


Working effectively with colleagues (including specialists from across BGS), and at times independently, you will assist with an improved understanding of the UK’s geology.


Summary of key duties and responsibilities of the role include:

·       Contributing towards, and leading field based geological mapping and data collection in the UK – these surveys may be within a variety of UK geology including deformed bedrock terrains, sedimentary basins, or recent Quaternary landscapes. This will involve helping to organise field campaigns, leading on tasks, making field observations, and helping with the final geological interpretation, map data and models for key UK regions

·       Using a range of office-based and field-based skills and techniques to make robust geological observations and develop conceptual models and interpretations

·       Developing in-depth knowledge about key parts of the UK’s geological succession, assist with, and lead on completion of research outputs, geological map data, digital 3D models, reports, and presentations

·       Managing and leading relevant tasks/projects in BGS – including responsibility for project budget resource and external collaborator management

·       Assisting with and developing project proposals with external customers and clients

·       Helping with the BGS GeoReport and Enquiries service, writing concise geological interpretations for sites.

Fieldwork activities are an important part of the role. You will be required to travel and work away from home. This will include multiple periods of fieldwork in any given year, each comprising several consecutive weeks. Although the role is primarily UK-based, you may also be involved in similar work as part of BGS’s international programme, including overseas office-based and field-based activities.


About you

We are looking for Geologists with a First or Upper Second-class degree in Geology/Applied Geology (or very closely related subject e.g. Earth Science, Joint Hons Geology) and a relevant Postgraduate degree (Masters-level or PhD) or equivalent (3+ years) industry-experience in geoscience. This post is ideally suited to someone in the early stages of a geology career. Are you are motivated to take part in fieldwork in the UK and are prepared to participate in fieldwork that may be physically strenuous and require periods working away for more than one week? Your commitment to Continuous Professional Development, and contribution to the geoscience community will be considered positively for this role.


You can produce, and lead on, making robust geological interpretations from a variety of spatial data that may include remote-sensed data, borehole data, geophysics, and field-observations. Can you demonstrate effective field-based geological skills including geological observation and have experience of mapping sedimentary successions, bedrock terrains or superficial deposits? Are you are confident in assisting with, and leading on completion of research outputs, such as peer-reviewed science publications, external (client-facing) reports, production of geological datasets, digital 3D geological models, and presentations?


Please note – you will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role. UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during your employment.


Please also refer to the additional specific essential and desirable skills criteria to apply for one of these exciting roles.


About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that belongs to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and is affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey whose core mission is to advise government of science related to the subsurface and to undertake applied research to solve earth and environmental issues, both in the UK and globally. It is funded directly by UKRI, as well as through research grants and private sector contracts.


We strive to promote equality and diversity across our organisation in order to continuously improve our scientific and organisational efficiency! As such, we aim to have a workforce with employees from all backgrounds with people who are passionate about earth science and who share our dedication to work for the good of the environment and the benefit of society.


How to apply

Applicants are required to include a CV and covering letter outlining their suitability for the role. We would stress the importance of this paperwork in our selection process.


A well thought through application providing evidence and examples of how you meet the advertised essential and desirable criteria for the post will be considered far more favourably than a generic covering letter and CV.


Please apply online, if you experience any issues applying for this role, please contact


The closing date for receipt of applications is 17th December 2023. Shortlisting interviews will be held between 29 January to 2 February 2024 (these will comprise a short 10 min Zoom interview). Final Interviews, following shortlisting, are expected to be held between 19 and 23 February in BGS Keyworth, Nottingham.


Survey Geologist: Skills Specification

Criteria to be assessed at Shortlist ‘S’ and Interview ‘I’ Stage




·       A First or Upper Second-class degree in Geology/Applied Geology or very closely related subject (e.g. Earth Science, Joint Hons Geology) (S)

·       Relevant postgraduate degree (Masters-level or PhD) or equivalent industry-experience (3+ years) in applied geoscience (S)

·       Current UK driving license (or equivalent license) (S)


Experience & knowledge


·       You are a geologist with experience in producing robust geological interpretations from a variety of spatial data, in different geological settings (S&I)

·       Field-based geological mapping experience (S&I)

·       Knowledge of geological processes related to different geological and/or geomorphological settings, depositional environments, and structural deformation (S&I)



·       Experience in the use of GIS and/or 3D geological modelling software to integrate, interpret and synthesise surface and subsurface geoscientific data (S&I)


Skills & abilities


·       Ability to lead and manage scientific tasks/projects and outputs (such as: peer-reviewed research papers, external reports, geological maps, models, datasets) (S&I)

·       Effective and demonstrable written & verbal communication skills (S&I)

·       Evidence of ability to work well with people and be able to work effectively when unsupervised (I)



·       Experience of leading/ assisting to lead fieldwork campaigns (S&I)


Personal qualities


·       Willingness and ability to travel for work and take part in fieldwork activities, including geological mapping, in the UK and overseas for periods that will often exceed one week (I)

·       Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (I)

·       Demonstrates an enthusiasm for the work of BGS and our core values of impact, impartiality, and knowledge (S&I)

·       You will be committed to a diverse and inclusive approach to work in the geosciences (S&I)




·       Enthusiasm for Geology, Earth History, an understanding of the development of landscapes and solving real-world geological problems (I)



·       Active in the wider geoscience community (e.g. membership or involvement in geological societies) (S&I)

About The British Geological Survey (BGS)
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is part of 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. 
BGS has an annual budget of approximately £60 million and employs 650 people.  It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.  BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year. 
How to Apply  
Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for BGS and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.  You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 
About UKRI  
UKRI launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). 
Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at
Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.
The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.
How we support EDI in the workforce 
At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.  For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’  
Disability Confident Employer 
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

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