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Space Weather Geophysicist

BGS - British Geological Survey

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Working on the NERC ‘Space Weather Impacts on Ground-based Systems’ (SWIGS) project, you will support and help execute an extensive fieldwork campaign to make magnetotelluric (MT) and geomagnetically induced current (GIC) measurements at sites around the UK. In addition, you will carry out computer modelling of MT data (including data mining older paper records) in conjunction with the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, and validate the results against measured data. You will also support computer modelling of GIC in the power transmission network and, for the first time in the UK, also in pipeline and railway networks, simulating the impact of space weather events on infrastructure. Other duties include maintaining and enhancing the scientific reputation of BGS geomagnetism by publishing and presenting scientific results on geomagnetic and space weather hazard, and developing and maintaining links with other leading research groups in geomagnetism and/or solar-terrestrial physics.

You should be qualified to PhD level in geophysics, space science, physics, mathematics, or similar relevant discipline, or equivalent post-graduate level experience in a scientific or other research environment. In addition you should have experience in undertaking research in a physical science to doctorate level or equivalent.

You should have experience in managing, collecting and analysing scientific datasets and presenting scientific results therefore you must have good presentation skills together with effective written communication skills.

The post will involve multidisciplinary team working; therefore you must be able to work effectively with scientists in different disciplines. The post will require you to travel off-site regularly and work in remote UK environments for a number of days at a time.

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