Blue Flower




The British Geological Survey (BGS) is one of the world's leading and forward thinking geological science institutes with a focus on both public good science for government and geoscientific research to understand earth and environmental processes. A vacancy has arisen for an enthusiastic Physical Volcanologist to be based at our office in Edinburgh.


You will undertake research to better understand volcanic processes, hazards and their potential impacts. This will include the use of statistical methods in the analysis of volcanic hazards and and risks at local to global scales. You will be responsible for solving complex scientific and business problems under your own initiative and be exposed to a wide range of technologies. You will have opportunities to contribute to the scientific output of BGS and represent the organisation at international scientific conferences.


You should have 2.i or higher in Geology, Geophysics, Physics or Mathematics and a PhD in Volcano Science. You should have experience of Bayesian statistical analysis and preferably some experience in stochastic and numerical modelling. In addition, you must be able to communicate clearly and have evidence of strong time management and organisational skills. The post involves team working and also working across disciplines, therefore you should be able to work effectively with others.


Depending on qualifications and experience, starting salary for the role will be £26,715 per annum to £30,000 per annum (pay award pending).


Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.


This is advertised as a full time post but we will consider applications from those who require more flexible arrangements.


If you are interested in this role, please visit RCUK Shared Services Centre job board at and submit your up-to-date C.V. and covering letter, which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, Please quote reference number IRC174613.


Closing date for receipt of application forms is 21 January 2015.


The Natural Environment Research Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organization and has achieved Bronze status for Athena Swan - a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.