Geomagnetism Scientist

British Geological Survey (BGS) - NERC

Direct Entry Job Permanent Edinburgh, UK

Uploaded 10 Feb 2021

Job Description

We have an opportunity for a talented and motivated Scientist with a good IT background to join the BGS Geomagnetism Team based in our offices in Edinburgh, located on the Heriot Watt University campus.

The Geomagnetism Team undertakes long-term monitoring of the Earth's magnetic field through the operation of magnetic observatories in the UK and overseas. We use worldwide land, marine, airborne and satellite data to make global models describing how the Earth's magnetic field changes in space and time and what that reveals about physical processes within the solid Earth. We also research the magnetic field changes in observatory and satellite data that result from space weather and solar activity and how this impacts modern technology.

We apply our science in precision navigation, including directional drilling for oil and gas as well as researching the effect and impact of space weather hazard on ground-based and near-earth technology and our environment.

The primary tasks of the successful applicant will be to:

  • To contribute to the team's activities in operating the BGS magnetic observatories, by carrying out data analysis, quality control checking and helping to maintain the suite of automated software for Real Time delivery of high quality data products to both scientific and commercial users
  • To contribute to the team's response to enable enhanced geomagnetic referencing services - In Field Referencing (IFR) and Interpolation In Field Referencing (IIFR) - by responding to industry customers and contributing to scientific and IT developments
  • Contribute to the team's provision of geomagnetic hazard and space weather services by supporting our space weather and geomagnetic activity daily forecasts and contributing to scientific and IT developments
  • To update and help maintain the World Data Centre (WDC) for Geomagnetism operated by BGS, Edinburgh
  • Support, where appropriate, the scientific research of the team, including (but not limited to) observatory science and space weather hazard

The successful candidate will be given specific and extensive on-the-job training in the primary tasks and a development programme will be established.

Person Specification

Candidates should have a BSc (Hons) Degree in Geophysics, Physics, Space Science, Mathematics, or a similar relevant discipline. Candidates should be able to demonstrate working experience of scientific computing languages (eg Python, FORTRAN, C, Java, Matlab, GMT, R) and be familiar with data analysis.

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate an interest in Geomagnetism or Space Weather and some basic background knowledge in these areas would be an advantage.

The post would suit a self-motivated person with excellent communication skills and who is willing to be an active team player. The post holder must be able to attend the Edinburgh office during normal business hours.

Please also refer to the additional specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.