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Senior Hydrogeologist Mine Heat

About You

Do you have a passion for supporting the delivery of low carbon mine water heat networks?

Do you have significant experience of designing, undertaking and analysing pumping tests in mines?

Do you want to  want to work with a dynamic team delivering projects across England, Scotland and Wales?

If so, read on...

You will be an qualified hydrogeologist (MSc) with significant experience in field based hydrogeological pumping tests, with a conceptual understanding of mine water systems.

You will have excellent analytical, communication and organisational skills and a real drive to lead the application of this low carbon technology in England, Wales and Scotland.

You will be able to work across Great Britain on various sites where we are supporting clients to deliver mine water heat networks.

Experience of operating in a consultancy based environment would be advantageous but not essential.

Similarly, past experience of project management would be beneficial.

You will need to be competent at using relevant software to interpret pumping tests whilst also being well organised and  thorough.

You will be skilled in the analysis of mine plans and interpretation of hydrogeological information.

You will work as part of a small  team to deliver a high quality and highly service to our customers.

You will also need to respond positively to guidance from others, and be talented in working on inter-departmental initiatives.

We don’t expect candidates to meet every single desired qualification.

If your experience looks a little different from what we've identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we'd love to learn more about you!

About The Role

The Coal Authority’s Heat and By Product Innovation Team are at the forefront of supporting mine water heat networks in Great Britain.

We work with and develop excellent relationships with a broad range of customers and stakeholders from local authorities to international companies.

We provide advisory services to government and commercial clients and also deliver our own R&D and collaborate with researchers and academics.

We aspire to be the ‘go-to’ organisation for mine water heat and work and promote our work locally, nationally and internationally via technical conferences, written articles and via the media.

As the Senior Hydrogeologist (mine heat) you’ll be:

  • Working with the Head of Heat and By Product Innovation to deliver commercial incomes and support clients with the  delivery of mine water heat networks
  • Leading the technical (physical hydrogeological) understanding of mine water heating, cooling and thermal storage schemes
  • Leading the design and analysis of pumping tests to assess thermal capacity of mine water systems
  • Supporting other technical staff in the team
  • Contributing to developing and managing relationships with clients, partners and stakeholders.
  • Promoting the work of the Coal Authority to local, national and international audiences.

Role location: Flexible 
For more information about the role please refer to the attached job description.


Application closing date:17th April 
Sifting date:18th April
Interviews: w/c24th April  (likely to be on the 27th and 28th of April)
(If you are unavailable on these interview dates, please make us aware and we will look at alternative dates)

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements.

About The Coal Authority

Our benefits:
  • A market leading pension scheme - our employer contribution rate is around 27%
  • A choice of working patterns; full-time, part-time, job-share!
  • Adoption or shared parental leave of 26 weeks full pay (subject to qualifying criteria)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Diversity Network Groups
  • Mental Health Allies
  • Civil Service Sports and Social club
  • Employee discounts
  • Annual medicals
  • £15 per month towards wellbeing
  • A values based recognition scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements to give employees freedom to vary their hours around personal preferences and commitments.
  • Generous holiday allowance – 27.5 days annual leave, plus the ability to flex an extra 6 days in addition to 8 public holidays
  • On-site free parking, tea, coffee and soft drinks in the Mansfield office
  • Sponsorship and professional qualifications support
  • Professional subscriptions paid
Working with us:

We offer different ways to work flexibly, and the following types of flexibility are usually possible: job share, flexible hours, working from home for part of the week and compressed hours.

Please feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you at your interview.
With a genuine commitment to flexible working, we believe that work life balance is incredibly important.

Who we are:
Here at the Coal Authority, we really are a great team to work with.

We’re united in our passion and commitment to make a better future for people and the environment in mining areas.

We carry out a wide variety of essential services from responding to coal mining hazards, to keeping everyone and everything safe from mine water pollution.
We are excited about what our future holds.

Our work is helping to develop a new sustainable source of renewable energy for the UK.

By harnessing the energy from mine water heat, we hope to play a key role towards helping the UK to meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

We truly are a supportive organisation where we all live and breathe our values.

We are inclusive, trusted and progressive in everything that we do.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:
Here at TCA we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our colleagues, our customers and our communities.

We are proud to be an inclusive employer.

We are committed to developing a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community.

We encourage applications from people from different backgrounds, identities, cultures and beliefs.

Diversity is vital to our success and innovation and is fundamental to our values of being trusted, inclusive and progressive.
As part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of our workforce, we provide a guaranteed interview to applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria who are disabled or from a minority ethnic community.

If you require any reasonable adjustments or alternative format application forms you can get in touch with us by contacting the team by email at or by phone on 01623 637000.

  • Start: 21/03/2023
  • Rate: Circa £46,125.00  
  • Location: Mansfield,England
  • Type: Permanent
  • Industry: Public_Sector
  • Recruiter: The Coal Authority
  • Contact: Admin The Coal Authority
  • Tel: 01623 637149
  • Email: to view click here
  • Reference: 0108
  • Posted: 2023-03-21 14:51:03 -

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