British Geological Survey (BGS)

Nottingham, UK 🇬🇧

Edinburgh, UK 🇬🇧

Wallingford, UK 🇬🇧

Hydrogeologist (3 posts)
Location: These roles can be based at either the BGS headquarters in Keyworth, Nottingham or at our offices in Edinburgh or Wallingford
Grade: UKRI Pay Band C
Salary: £25,702 to £27,938 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Hours: Full-time – 37 hours a week
A range of flexible working options may be available (including a small amount of hybrid/remote working, although much of the role will be site based).  However, we recommend that at least for the first six months the new post holders maximise their opportunity to develop relationships with their peers, colleagues, and team members through on-site attendance
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: 11th September 2022

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 inform 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.

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, has close links with 40 universities, and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.

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.

We will actively seek to avoid discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, race, sex or sexual orientation, being trans or a member of the non-binary community, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave or religion.

The British Geological Survey has achieved Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognises an organisation’s dedication and progress in developing a diverse and broad workforce; we are also committed to the Disability Confident framework and, as part of UKRI, are members of Inclusive Employers.

About the role

We are seeking enthusiastic and highly motivated Hydrogeologists to join BGS’s Environmental Change, Adaptation and Resilience (ECAR) challenge area to work with our world-leading team of researchers in groundwater science.

BGS hydrogeologists provide data, services and advice to governments, environmental agencies, water companies and water users, and the wider public that underpins decisions on how groundwater resources are managed now and sustained for the next generation.

At a time of rapid environmental change and heightened pressure on water resources, in partnership with UK and international researchers and stakeholders we undertake long-term research, including field investigations, to characterise and understand key groundwater processes essential to the sustainable management of the environment.

As an early career scientist, you will have the opportunity to deepen and broaden your experience and skills through work on a variety of groundwater resources projects (including UK and international fieldwork), through training in a range of field techniques (including logging and hydraulic and tracer testing), and in the use of BGS in-house tools and industry-standard software.  BGS also encourages staff to work towards Chartered status and can support part time study towards a PhD where appropriate.

You will develop your reporting skills by contributing to data analyses and to written reports and publications. You will have the opportunity to present results at project, national, and international meetings, and you will develop your professional networks through providing support for colleagues in the preparation of new grant and commercial contracts.

About you

You will have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant science subject and an MSc (or equivalent) ideally in Hydrogeology, or in a related subject with some previous training in water resource sciences. Candidates with some additional industrial experience would be very welcome to apply.

You should have strong analytical capabilities and ideally have experience using R, Python or MATLAB for the analysis and presentation of hydrological data. Ideally, you should be familiar with using spatial analytical software such as ArcMap/ArcGIS and previous experience of using basic hydrogeological modelling software codes, such as MODFLOW, would be an advantage.      

We are seeking candidates with a full driving licence and who are enthusiastic to travel within the UK and internationally, given that many of our projects are field-based and include international partners.

You must possess excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, as you will be expected to contribute to the dissemination of project results in a range of fora, including publishing findings in BGS technical reports and science journals.

The post involves extensive team working, therefore you should be able to work effectively with others, in a strong multidisciplinary environment, and have good time management skills. 

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



  • BSc (Hons) in a relevant subject e.g. Geology, Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering (First or 2:1 or equivalent) (S)
  • MSc in a relevant subject (e.g. Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Environmental Science – if latter includes hydrogeology / water resource modules) (S)
  • Full driving licence (S)  



  • Use of R, Python, MATLAB or similar statistical packages for the analysis of groundwater or environmental data (S&I)
  • Evidence of technical report writing (S&I)
  • Experience of undertaking groundwater related field work (S&I)


  • Experience of hydrogeological or related work in industry or academic environment (S)
  • Presentation of work in the form of posters or oral presentations (S&I)
  • Use of GIS software for the presentation and / or analysis of groundwater-related data and information (S)
  • Experience of running groundwater-related model code or software (S&I)



  • Basic knowledge of groundwater processes (flow and transport) (I)
  • Basic knowledge of UK hydrogeology and groundwater management practices (S&I)


  • Basic knowledge of groundwater resource management in an international development context (S)



  • High-level of numeracy and evidence of its application to groundwater or environmentally-related problems (S&I)
  • Attention to detail, particularly when managing data and running models and software (S&I)
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks across more than one project as well as good time management skills and the ability to deliver time-critical reports (S&I)
  • Good team player with effective communications skills and the ability to work with a variety of teams (S&I)


  • Experience of working with contractors and members of the public in the context of hydrogeological or related field work (S)



  • Enthusiastic, can-do approach to challenges (S&I)
  • Approachable, enjoying working in a variety of team contexts while also confident to work independently as required (I)
  • Able to travel off-site / abroad regularly (I)
  • Alignment to BGS Core Values related to H&S, equality, diversity and inclusivity, and environmental sustainability (I)



  • Demonstrates a keen interest and some understanding of the work of BGS, NERC and UKRI (I)
  • Displays an enthusiasm for their science / their role and a desire to develop this further (I)
  • Demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development (S&I)


If you experience any issue applying, please contact [email protected]

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  

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

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 www.ukri.org

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.

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.