Groundwater Modeller

British Geological Survey (BGS)
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Brief Description


This appointment will be at UKRI at Grade C or D depending on qualifications and experience

Grade C Salary: £25,198 - £27,390 per annum
Grade D Salary: £31,305 - £34,028 per annum
Contract Type: Fixed Term appointment (2 Years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 29th November 2020

You will contribute to a range of hydrogeological and environmental science projects in the Monitoring and Forecasting Topic, including for example, the Hydro-JULES research programme (, and the Philippine Groundwater Outlook. The work will be mostly UK based but there may also be opportunities to work overseas for short periods of time. You will work as part of a project team and provide the expertise required to develop and apply groundwater/mathematical models, and analysis techniques in the understanding of fluid flow and transport. You will also be expected to have a role in the development of environmental modelling more generally within the organisation, and in collaboration with other academic and industrial partners. As part of a larger community of modellers and geoscientists in BGS you will be expected to share your knowledge and contribute to the development of new research ideas and projects.

Primary Tasks:

  • Develop and apply groundwater flow and transport models on a range of commissioned and research-funded hydrogeological projects
  • Process and analyse hydrogeological, hydrological, and climate data, as required e.g. as part of the development of conceptual hydrogeological models underpinning numerical modelling
  • Contribute to scientific reports and peer-reviewed journals papers
  • Presentation of work at conferences or to clients and collaborators.

Other Tasks:

  • Contribute hydrogeological and modelling expertise to other commercial and research projects across wider BGS science groups.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners 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

The British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.

The following criteria will be assessed at (Shortlisting), at Interview (I) or at both (S, I)


  • Educated to 2:1 and either have an MSc or PhD in a subject related to the post or equivalent experience (required to obtain Grade D) (S)
  • Completion of maths modules as part of undergraduate or postgraduate degree demonstrating capability in mathematical methods / analysis. (S)



  • Experience in the application of numerical models to simulate groundwater as a component of the terrestrial water cycle (S, I)
  • Software development ability in numerical modelling, GIS, data processing (S, I)
  • Experience in the processing and analysis of hydrogeological/environmental spatio-temporal data (S, I)
  • Record of scientific writing preferably, but not exclusively, in the peer-reviewed literature (S, I)
  • Experience in working as part of team. (S, I) 



  • Broad knowledge of hydrogeological and hydrological processes and their representation in mathematical models (S, I)
  • Knowledge of groundwater modelling software e.g. MODFLOW, FEFLOW. (S, I)


  • Knowledge of hydrological / land-surface modelling codes, e.g. VIC, JULES. (I)



  • Proficient in the development, application, and evaluation of groundwater models to hydrogeological systems (S, I)
  • Ability to work unsupervised (I)
  • Ability to process and analyse data, and modify modelling software, using one or more scientific programming languages (S, I)
  • Excellent written communication skills (S)
  • Excellent oral communication skills and an ability to present science clearly to non-scientists (I)
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team (S, I)
  • Ability to prioritise work and manage time effectively. (S, I)


  • Scientific coding in Python (I)
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities. (I)



  • Approachable (I)
  • Able to communicate and work well remotely (S, I)
  • Alignment to BGS Core Values. (I)


  • Able to travel off-site / abroad occasionally. (S, I)



  • Displays an enthusiasm for their science / their role and a desire to develop this further (I)
  • Demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve scientific problems. (I)


  • Demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC (I)
  • Demonstrates an interest in their own Continuing Professional Development. (I)