International Development Hydrogeologist

Edinburgh, , GB

Primary Tasks:

1.  Set up 3 field-based surveys (each of 3 month duration) of poorly functioning water points in Uganda, Ethiopia and Malawi  – they will be required to develop the  survey methodology (Supervised by the project PI  and with input from the project team (UK and international);

– design and establish the survey methodology with help from wider project team, to includes physical and chemical hydrogeology measurement/monitoring and characterisation
– plan the implementation of surveys with individual country teams and manage procurement/organisation and shipment of equipment
– carry out training of field staff for carrying out survey work, undertake first few surveys with project teams and be the primary contact for the co-ordination and maintenance of on-going surveys
– coordinate the recording and data basing of project data and be responsible for the QA of the data.

2. Interpretation and dissemination

– carry out interpretation of pumping test data and other physical hydrogeological survey data
– carry out interpretation of hydrochemical data
– work with the social science Post Doc to develop joint tools for interdisciplinary analysis
– contribute to/lead writing of case study (and other) papers and help the country teams write their papers
– in the final year be involved in disseminating results through a range of activities including social media, events and possibly the publication of manual through practical action.

Other Tasks:

1.  Be involved in other BGS UK and international groundwater projects as appropriate

2.  presenting scientific results at conferences or to clients and collaborators

3.  support the Director of Science/Team Leaders in developing project proposals and bids, and ensuring projects are delivered on time

4.  carry out staff performance management duties as required and comply with corporate management standards.

Essential

• 2:1 or equivalent in relevant degree (Geology, Geophysics, Engineering) & PhD in Groundwater-related subject
• full driving licence
• full valid passport with no travel restrictions
• application of hydrogeological field techniques
• organising field campaigns
• interpreting groundwater datasets (physical and chemical)
• record of publications
• borehole testing
• numerical analysis
• ability to present science clearly to non-scientists
• highly effective written communication skills
• ability to work unsupervised
• good attention to detail
• ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
• ability to work within a variety of teams
• flexible approach
• ability to adapt to changing priorities
• evidence of excellent numercy skills
• logical and methodical in their approach
• approachable
• able to travel off-site /abroad regularly
• ‘self-starter’ with clear goals
• demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC
• displays an enthusiasm for their science / their role and a desire to develop this further
• demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development
• demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems.

Desirable

• MSc in related field (i.e. Hydrogeology/geochemistry/Geoscience)
• experience of working in developing countries
• use of GIS
• groundwater tracers
• hydrochemical analysis and techniques
• GIS applications
• African Hydrogeology
• manipulating large datasets and interpreting survey results
• ability to train other staff
• speaking in other languages
• able to express themselves clearly and concisely.


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED