Geophysics Lab and Field Manager

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
23 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Geophysics Lab and Field Manager

Job number  SUPP103615
Division/School  School of Earth Sciences
Contract type  Open ended contract staff
Working pattern  Full time
Salary  £32,548 - £36,613
Closing date for applications  26-Nov-2017

The Geophysics Group in the School of Earth Sciences has grown rapidly in the past 10 years and is now one of the largest in Europe. The Group has led field experiments on most continents in a range of geologic settings, and in some of the harshest environments on Earth. These experiments have provided insights into the Earth’s deep interior, from the crust to the core, and how it has evolved over geologic time. Furthermore, a new geophysics teaching degree programme started in the autumn of 2016.
The Group owns and operates a wide breadth of geophysics equipment, which enhance its research and teaching. The role holder will be responsible for running the Geophysics laboratory and field activities, which includes the maintenance and training in the correct use of this equipment, maintaining lab budgets, ordering supplies and coordinating fieldwork so that it is carried out efficiently and safely. The research of the Group generates large datasets, in a range of formats, which need to be analysed with bespoke software. The role holder will coordinate these IT and data management needs, including programming and scripting as needed. The role holder will provide broad support for the research and teaching activities in the Geophysics Laboratories, training and supporting undergraduate and graduate students and academic staff, ensuring that the labs are used safely and have the provision needed for the research. This will also include assistance with data processing and computer modelling.
You will be educated to at least a Masters degree level, ideally to PhD level, in geophysics, quantitative geology, physics or engineering, or have substantial work experience in a relevant role. We are looking for candidates with extensive working knowledge of/experience in geophysics and related laboratory and fieldwork, proficiency with UNIX operating systems, programming language(s) (e.g. Python, Fortran and Matlab) and software development tools, extensive experience with processing geophysical data and a knowledge and understanding of Health & Safety requirements for the laboratory & field environment. You should also have excellent organisational, communication and time-management skills, with the capability to problem solve and seek long-term solutions. You will be able to work in a team but also have demonstrable experience of working/responding independently and dealing with unforeseen problems and circumstances.

For informal enquiries please contact Stuart Bellamy (
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