Employment at BGS

Latest vacancies at BGS sites across the UK

Latest job vacancies at BGS sites across the UK. Applicants invited for interview may wish to read the NERC Recruitment and Selection Information for Candidates. You may also wish to read information on the staff benefits available to BGS staff.

Earthquake Seismologist
A vacancy has arisen for an Earthquake Seismologist to be based at our offices in Edinburgh.
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Closing date: 25 January 2015.

22 December 2014

Geomagnetic Instrumentation Engineer
A vacancy has arisen for a highly motivated Geomagnetic Instrumentation Engineer to be based at our BGS office in Edinburgh.
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Closing date for receipt of application forms is 21 January 2015.

22 December 2014

A vacancy has arisen for a Physical Volcanologist to be based at our office in Edinburgh.
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Closing date for receipt of application forms is 21 January 2015.

22 December 2014

Global Volcano Model
A fixed-term vacancy has arisen for a Volcanologist, to be based at our office in Edinburgh.
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Closing date for receipt of application forms is 21 January 2015.

22 December 2014

Gas transport tests
A vacancy has arisen for an Hydro-Mechanical Research Scientist in our Radioactive Waste Team based at our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.
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Closing date for receipt of application forms is 21 January 2015.

22 December 2014

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BGS opportunities for PhD research for 2015 are now open. All our doctoral training opportunities are in collaboration with a Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).

Each DTP and CDT that BGS is involved with has its own flavour and research expertise. However, they all have an additional research training element over and above the research project in common. This generally comprises activities undertaken by the whole cohort of doctoral researchers and this includes induction events and summer schools plus a range of researcher-specific training activities. The latter are usually available to all researchers across the DTP/CDT. For details about individual DTP/CDTs, please visit the relevant website.

The BGS is a key non-academic partner in a number of funded DTP/CDTs. In these DTPs we expect BGS-sponsored PhD students to have significant interaction with the Survey during their research.

A BGS member of staff will be part of your supervision team and you will be expected to spend some of your research training at the BGS. The amount of time depends on the type of project.

Further details, listed by science area, can be found on the BGS website by the following link: PhD opportunities for 2015

Applications should be made through collaborating universities as detailed on the BGS website.

2 December 2014

BGS Staff at work in the laboratory

We are pleased to announce the availability of a PhD studentship: “Whodunnit? An isotopic fingerprint to identify phosphorus sources and cycling in catchments” forming part of the Envision Doctoral Training Programme. The studentship is only available to UK and other EU nationals.
Full details

28 November 2014

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Equal opportunities

BGS is pleased to announce its achievement of Bronze Athena Swan status

The BGS is part of the NERC which strives to be an equal opportunity employer. Our policy is that there shall be no discrimination against candidates on the grounds of sex, transexuality, race, nationality, religion, religious belief, sexual orientation, age, disability or marital status. Candidates will be assessed solely on their merits and personal qualities.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcomed.

We have a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. This means that you will be invited for interview if you meet the essential specified requirements of the job. If you need special facilities or equipment, please advise us in advance.

We are pleased to have been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze award and are one of the first research institutes to be accepted within this framework.

Dignity at work

Our Harassment and Bullying Policy clearly states that ‘bullying or harassment by any member of NERC staff is considered as unacceptable behaviour and will not be tolerated’.

Staff Benefits


All staff are entitled to 30 days annual leave per annum plus 10.5 public and privilege days (pro rata for part-time staff). Staff have access to paid and unpaid special leave to assist with unforeseen domestic events and medical appointments.


We have an extensive geological library (both at Keyworth and Edinburgh), with a small selection of fiction books on loan.

The library at Wallingford has a wide range of publications on hydrology and hydrogeology.

Opportunities for flexible working

A range of flexible working opportunities are available; depending on your role.

Pension Scheme

Staff have access to a very competitive pension scheme provided by the Research Councils Pension Scheme and administered by JSS.

More information on the JSS Pension Scheme

Sports and social clubs

All BGS staff become members of the BGS sports and social club.

At the Keyworth site staff can use the outdoor courts for tennis and the indoor sports centre for badminton, aerobics and football. For a small additional fee staff can also join the fitness centre which is fully equipped with high quality gym equipment and air conditioning. The Keyworth social club also organises around 20 subsidised events each year including sports competitions, theatre trips, wine tastings and coach trips.

Staff in Edinburgh can benefit from discounted rates on the University sports and fitness facilities. Staff also organise subsidised social events and can access discounted rates for alternative therapies delivered on-site, such as Reiki, Indian Head massage and aromatherapy.

Staff in Wallingford can benefit from discounted gym membership and a sports and social club with subsidised swimming, yoga/Pilates and five-a-side football activities.

All staff are also eligible to join the national CSSC Sports and Leisure one of the largest social clubs in the country with over 100,000 members. The club organises national and local sporting and social events and gives members various benefits including cut-price cinema tickets and discounts with leading leisure facilities and retailers.

Staff Restaurant

A reasonably priced staff restaurant (Keyworth and Wallingford), provides cooked meals and snacks.

More benefits

Access to the Aviva Health Cash Plan

Access to the Aviva Health Cash Plan can be arranged as a deduction from payroll.

The Charity for Civil Servants

The Charity for Civil Servants provides support, advice and direct financial assistance to civil servants when they are most in need.

Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA)

The Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) — for a small annual charge, access to a wide range of staff discounts.

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship is a registered charity that is dedicated to helping former civil servants, their partners, widows, widowers and dependants. Its principal aim is to help members through friendship and support to enjoy a better and more fulfilling retirement.

Independent financial advice

Independent financial advice is available at on-site clinics in Edinburgh and Keyworth approximately twice a year.

RCUK Employee Benefits Portal

All employees have access to the RCUK benefits portal which provides access to discounts on a wide range of products and services.