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Cardiff University MSc Placement




Geo-Environmental / Geotechnical

Employment type

Full time

Contract type




This role is for Cardiff University Students studying MSc Applied Environmental Geology only.

Key Information

  • Based in our Cardiff Office: Third Floor Wharton Place, 13 Wharton Street, Cardiff, CF10 1GS
  • Anticipated start date: 1 May 2024
  • Anticipated end date: 29 September 2025
  • Deadline for applications: 23 February 2024
  • Interviews for applicants: Early March 2024


We deliver Geo-Environmental and Geotechnical services including, but not limited to, design and management of site investigations (including on-site supervision, logging and sampling); interpretative report writing, qualitative and quantitative risk assessment, earthworks specifications, and slope stability analysis.

The role will include working as part of integrated project teams of geo-environmental and geotechnical specialists and with colleagues in related disciplines (civils, structural, mechanical & electrical engineering).

Closer to the start of the placement we would be able to provide a list of projects that you could use as the basis of your dissertation but the type of projects we work all look at the ground model and the site-specific challenges in relation to foundations, human health assessment, and wider environmental risk (Controlled waters assessment), along with requirement for remediation, material management, earthworks, and various geotechnical design requirements.  These elements are considered in projects involving new schools/school extensions, rock face stability assessments, and large commercial developments. 

The attributes we expect you to bring to the role and company: 

  • Ability to understand and create geological ground models in both 2d and 3d.
  • Good theoretical knowledge of relevant and up to date British Standards (eg BS-EN 5930), Industry Guidance (eg EA/NRW LC:RM).
  • An understanding of the process around carrying out Phase 1 and Phase 2 Reports.
  • Self-motivated team player with excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • A proactive and independent thinker with an enthusiastic approach to work.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the proficient use of Microsoft based IT Packages. 
  • Full UK Driving Licence (Preferable).

 What's great about Hydrock 'in a nutshell'?


We are a British-owned integrated multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy of over 900 staff in 21 offices across the UK. Our driving motivation is to be a ‘Force for Good’, as it is our aim to improve the quality of people’s lives from our employees to our clients, through to the communities we work in and our planet as a whole through the work we do.  

From the buildings that surround you, the roads and bridges you cross, all related to the infrastructure that we create, we aim to offer the most sustainable possibilities to shape the places, communities and society that we live in through meeting our client’s needs. Through the path we are on to delivering a green future, the result is something that everyone can be proud of. 

Our welcoming and friendly culture is something we are proud of and is supported 9 years in the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Check out some of our incredible projects which have been awarded: 2022 Net Zero Award for Bay Technology Centre, the Integration and Collaborative Working Award for YGG Tan-y-Lan primary schoolThe Deaf Academy awarded for its Universal Design at the 2022 Civic Trust Awards and Bristol’s iconic waterfront Wapping Wharf Living making a double win at the Bristol Property Awards! 

To top off, here’s our 2022 wrap up video! 

What we can offer you: 

  • Inspiring and supportive colleagues 
  • Reward for progression and hard work 
  • An opportunity to develop your soft skills, as well your technical skills
  • Competitive starting salary 
  • Excellent health benefits 
  • 25 days of holiday (buy/sell up to five days), accrue 1 day extra every 2 years, with bonus holidays too!
  • An earlier finish on Friday (4pm!) 
  • An opportunity to give back: “Day off for good cause” (on a workday) 
  • A huge range of flexible benefits, including climate perks and an EV car leasing scheme 
  • Our biggest event: Challenge Day!  

A place to feel included


We champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we commit to supporting our employees and ensure we create a safe environment that nurtures you to perform at your best. Offering our people flexibility is an important factor in achieving this aim.  


We consider all application individually with the required qualifications and knowledge without regard to any of the protected characteristics. We would like to provide everyone with a fair selection, assessment and employment experience so we ask with are made aware of any physical or neurodiverse condition within your application for which appropriate reasonable adjustments can be made by us. 


Looking for the next steps? 

  • Once you have completed your application through our careers site, we aim to review and respond to you as soon as your application’s been reviewed. 
  • If shortlisted, a member of our Recruitment Team will call you for an initial pre-screen by phone (typically 30 minutes) to help us assess your motivations and interest in the position and Hydrock. 
  • If you progress following this telephone pre-screen, you will be invited to attend a formal interview by video conference (Microsoft Teams) or in our offices. 

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