The British Geological Survey (BGS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is the UK’s premier geosciences research organisation. We are seeking an innovative and dynamic scientist for a 3 year Post Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position to pursue a supervised programme of personal research as part of our seismic hazard research team based in Edinburgh. You will also assist with commercial seismic hazard work for engineering projects, insurance or government, and support wider earthquake seismology research. As a PDRA, you will undertake a programme of training in scientific research methods and modelling. The varied nature of the work will include opportunities to present that work at international conferences and exhibitions.
BGS has a long track record of studies of seismic hazard around the world and is recognised internationally as an authority on seismic hazard methodology and associated software development, and has pioneered developments in stochastic modelling (Monte Carlo simulation) for probabilistic seismic hazard, and the use of source model validation techniques.
Position and Person Requirements
Good general knowledge and understanding of earthquake seismology. Familiarity with the principles of seismic hazard. Sound mathematical abilities
Must have a good first degree (1st or 2.1) and PhD in geophysics physical/ mathematical sciences or engineering. Should have A- level or Higher Mathematics
Must be familiar with standard MS office software and Competent in at least one computer programming language
Should be prepared to meet shifting work programme demands
Ability to complete project work to schedule
Good oral, report writing and presentation skills. Capable of presenting work to a scientific audience
Ability to work with the minimum of supervision but to seek advice when appropriate
Must be able to work as part of a team with minimum supervision
Research experience in seismic hazard. Practical experience of seismic hazard assessment. Expertise in numerical and/or ground motion modelling
Working knowledge of Fortran. Parallel computing experience. GIS experience
Experienced at presenting papers at scientific conferences. Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
Additional Details 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. NERC has an equal opportunities policy 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 welcomed.Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation. How To Apply
The closing date for applications is 16 July 2012.
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