Our goal is that the NSTA continues to be a ‘Great Place to Work’. Offering a flexible 37-hour week working environment with hybrid model (40% office working) and up to 2 accruable flex days per month. Work life balance is very important to us with a workplace culture that fosters collaboration, respect, and professionalism. In addition, we offer a range of benefits including a competitive pension - employer contribution (28.97%).

Brief overview of role

As a Geoscientist within the Pre-licensing & Storage team, the successful applicant will use their skill set to support the development of regional subsurface insights across sectors regulated by the NSTA. These insights will contribute to key decisions which will influence future offshore activity over the next decades.  The wide variety of work will demand that the successful applicant has a practical outlook and approach and is looking to build on knowledge gained through higher education and employment experience. The positions offer the opportunity to apply this knowledge and experience to support the team in influencing the future of the energy transition on the UKCS.

The successful applicant will have an understanding or awareness of various geophysical and geological datasets created by, and used within, the hydrocarbon industry (particularly seismic and well data).  They will be familiar with the principles of subsurface evaluation and prospect generation, with an emphasis on regional mapping and data integration and analysis. The successful applicant will also be adept at identifying, collating and extracting relevant insights from disparate data sources to support the delivery of the team’s defined objectives, and be able to effectively communicate their findings, either as written documentation or verbal feedback.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The NSTA will encourage the successful applicant to be involved in a wide variety of workstreams, broadening their understanding of subsurface industries. Day to day responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking subsurface analysis in support of delivering our team objectives such as planning future energy and resource-storage licensing rounds; building and maintaining a respected subsurface technical knowledge base within government; inputting into cross-government spatial planning initiatives.
  • Adding value through integration and analysis of disparate data sets to generate new insights and perspectives that ultimately contribute to building personal and team knowledge.
  • Developing knowledge and experience and communicating evidence-based understanding within and beyond the team.
  • Representing the NSTA at national and international events and conferences.

Person specification

Competence 1:          Developing Knowledge & Capability

Senior members of the Pre-Licensing & Storage team drive the development of in-house, evidence-based knowledge through technical analysis, managing external expertise and sharing insights in a variety of internal and external settings.                              

Competence 2:          Delivery

The Pre- Licensing & Storage team delivers results to multiple stakeholders and senior team members are expected to be adept at identifying and managing priorities, often incorporating short timelines. Understanding team objectives, working to agreed goals and planning the appropriate delivery is critical to the success of the team..

Competence 3:          Collaborating, Influencing & Including

Senior members of the Pre- Licensing & Storage team should strive to become part of the team, supporting colleagues through respectful challenge, guidance and open communication.  Bringing your full self to work is welcomed, including finding creative ways to accomplish tasks as an individual and in support of the team.                   

Competence 4:          Planning, Performing & Achieving

In the Pre- Licensing & Storage team, members in senior roles will be expected to contribute ideas to support the prioritisation of technical activities. An aptitude for working on numerous projects simultaneously ensuring that team objectives are achieved within agreed timeframes.

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language


  • An enthusiastic and positive attitude, and a desire to work collaboratively to support the team in delivering high quality results in a timely manner.
  • Minimum of a first degree, or equivalent, in Geology/ Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics or another relevant Science/Engineering discipline.
  • Understanding of the oil & gas industry, and/or subsurface storage, gained through time spent working in an operating company or other relevant industry setting.
  • Demonstrably high level of competence in organising, integrating and extracting value from geotechnical information; evaluation skills to support evidence-based decision making.
  • Knowledge of or practical experience with modern data manipulation and analysis techniques that could be applied to extract new value form Subsurface data.
  • Practical knowledge of spatial analysis techniques ideally with demonstrable experience of applying these to subsurface data or ideas for applying analytical procedures drawn from other sectors to the subsurface.
  • Good IT skills; relevant software experience (e.g. well interpretation, seismic interpretation, GIS, data analysis).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work within a multi-disciplinary environment


  • Awareness of project management and coordination principles; some experience would be ideal.
  • An awareness, understanding of or experience in one or more related disciplines such as petrophysics, seismic interpretation, reservoir engineering, geomechanics, regional geology, basin modelling, fluid dynamics, advanced data manipulation and analytics.
  • Awareness (or interest in developing understanding of) a variety of UKCS play types, such as high-pressure high temperature (HPHT), tight reservoir characterization (oil and gas), heavy oil, fractured basement plays and other challenging exploration targets.
  • An understanding of, or enthusiasm for, understanding the function of regulation and being prepared to adapt to working within the regulatory environment.
  • Commitment to good data management practices. 

Job Details

  • Salary £37,779
  • Appointment Type Permanent
  • Appointment Term Full time
  • Vacancy Reference Number NSTA 421
  • No. of posts 1
  • Grade HEO
  • Location Aberdeen
  • Travel to other location within the UK? Occasional
  • Level of Security Clearance Basic
  • Medical Required? No
  • Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

  • Closing date for applications 19 June 2024
  • Anticipated shortlisting date TBD
  • Anticipated interview date TBD

Personal information

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at Recruitment@nstauthority.co.uk quoting the recruitment reference number and job title

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 2,000 characters. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

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Inclusion and Diversity statement

The NSTA is committed to embedding equality and diversity into all our policies and processes. We will aim to recruit, retain and promote staff on the basis of competence and regardless of characteristics including those listed under the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The NSTA is an accredited Disability Confident Committed employer. We have also been awarded silver accreditation for the Gender Diversity Benchmark through Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network.  In addition, we are signed up to their Race at Work Charter and implement its five principles. As a further commitment to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce we have signed up to the Axis Pledge.

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