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.


• 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.


• 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.