Opportunity to join the NERC UK Geoenergy Observatories Science Advisory Group

Closing date for nominations: 17:00 on 20 March 2019

NERC is looking to appoint up to three new members to the NERC UK Geoenergy Observatories Science Advisory Group (GSAG). Applications are sought from individuals with expertise in engineering, geothermal, geoenergy industries and sensor development.


The NERC UK Geoenergy Observatories (UKGEOS) project is building world-class geoenergy research facilities to study the subsurface environment and how it responds to human activities. Two observatory sites are being developed, one in the Glasgow Clyde Valley and another near Elton in Cheshire (subject to planning consent). At the Glasgow observatory, research will be undertaken to develop a better understanding of the potential for shallow, low enthalpy, geothermal heat recovery from coal mine workings. The Cheshire observatory will provide data to underpin research into a number of new energy technologies that will directly help reduce atmospheric carbon emissions, for example carbon dioxide storage, shallow geothermal, and aquifer storage of heat and compressed air.

NERC, through its broader science base and with input from industry, regulators and policymakers, will use the UK Geoenergy Observatories project to provide the UK research community with world-leading facilities. The British Geological Survey (BGS) is delivering the research infrastructure and will operate the facilities over their 15-year lifetime.

GSAG provides independent and timely advice to NERC and BGS to ensure that the UKGEOS platform delivers maximum scientific benefit to the wider UK science community and other users, and to ensure the optimal delivery of the UKGEOS science plan which is available below.

Science Plan (PDF, 235KB)

Person specification

  • An excellent understanding of science, policy or business issues relevant to one or more of geoscience, geological engineering and the subsurface environment
  • expertise in one or more of engineering, geothermal, relevant industries, sensor development, data analytics
  • experience of working as either an environmental / engineering researcher or as a user of environmental science (such as public sector, private sector or non-governmental organisation)
  • an innovative, problem-solving approach
  • evidence of strategic thinking
  • well-developed skills in communication and team work
  • skills in making judgements across a range of scientific, strategic and policy issues
  • willingness to engage in public engagement around the UKGEOS facilities.

NERC is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. Applications from women, those with a disability and members of minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation community, are therefore especially encouraged.

How to apply

To apply please, complete the self-nomination form below (maximum of one side of A4) and email this together with a summary CV (maximum two sides of A4) to Rachel Leader at by 17:00 on 20 March 2019.

GSAG self-nomination form (Word, 38KB)


Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising the current chair of GSAG, senior representatives from NERC Head Office and BGS. Applicants will be assessed based on how well they meet the selection criteria, and the extent to which their expertise and knowledge complements that of the current GSAG members.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 15 April 2019.

NERC covers all reasonable travel and subsistence costs associated with attending meetings, in line with NERC policy.