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.

Water overflow due to flooding
A vacancy has arisen for a flexible and enthusiastic Groundwater Modeller to be based at our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.
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Closing date: 5 June 2016

23 May 2016

Seismic trace
We are currently looking to appoint a Summer Student Placement - Seismic Field Assistant. The position is to be based at our offices in Edinburgh.
Skills specification
Applications are handled by HR, British Geological Survey, Environmental Science Centre, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG; to apply please submit your up-to-date CV and covering letter, which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement to bgspers@bgs.ac.uk
Closing date for receipt of application forms is 10 June 2016.

23 May 2016

Afar desert
A vacancy has arisen for a Project Development Scientist. The post can be based in BGS offices in Keyworth or Edinburgh.
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Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 June 2016.

16 May 2016

Landsat 7 ETM false-colour image of the Richat structure in northern Mauritania
A vacancy has arisen for a experienced Remote Sensing Geoscientist to be based at our headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham.
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Closing date for receipt of application forms is 30 May 2016.

9 May 2016

The Lyell Centre
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is looking to appoint a Director of Energy Systems and Basin Analysis. The successful candidate will lead BGS’ research programmes assessing the evolution and geology of UK sedimentary basins, and develop a supporting international programme. Key areas of research include oil and gas (conventional and unconventional), carbon capture and storage, other gas storage and geothermal. The Director will maintain and develop collaboration with government (e.g. OGA, DECC, devolved administrations), industry (oil companies etc.), UK and international funding agencies (e.g. NERC, EPSRC, DfID, World Bank, EU), universities, overseas governments and other geological surveys. The Director will develop the Lyell Centre in collaboration with Heriot Watt University and provide contributions to new initiatives such as the National Geophysical Survey and subsurface observatories (e.g. Energy Security & Innovation Observing System for the Subsurface ESIOS).
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Closing date: 27 May 2016.

19 April 2016

The Lyell Centre
The BGS is seeking to appoint an inaugural Co-Director of the Lyell Centre to provide leadership, vision and a clear strategy for the development of this strategic collaboration with the British Geological Survey (BGS). This key management role will also provide strategic leadership for the BGS in Scotland.
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Closing date: 27 May 2016.

19 April 2016

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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.