Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC240898
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 12 April 2017
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 07 May 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £28,200 per annum to £30,600 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: NERC-6
Contract Type: 6 month fixed term appointment
Hours: Full Time (Part time hours would also be considered)
Closing Date: 7 May 2017

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the UK’s leading funder of environmental science. NERC invests £330m each year in cutting edge research, postgraduate training and innovation. The British Geological Survey (BGS) is one of NERC’s Research Centres and is a world leading, forward thinking geological science institute with a focus on both public good science for government and geoscientific research to understand earth and environmental processes.

NERC is seeking a Project Communications Officer to be based at the BGS in Keyworth to communicate the science of BGS projects. You will work with the geologists and geoscience professionals of the BGS to communicate their areas of research. You will possess the ability and the confidence to approach and interview these scientists, identify news and be able to work to tight deadlines. Being able to communicate science in an easily accessible manner is essential. You must be competent with Microsoft office applications and be able to demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.

Project Communications Officers duties:

  • responsible for producing the communications plans for BGS science projects
  • responsible for all areas of project communications including working with the media, web content, public engagement, internal communication, social media and reputation management issues
  • attendance at project meetings to report on communication activities and make recommendations for future comms activities as the project(s) progress
  • responsible for producing materials including press releases, frequently asked questions (FAQs), brochures, flyers, posters, exhibition displays, blogs and short films
  • report directly to the BGS Head of Communications, provide progress reports as required and attend comms team meetings to present progress reports
  • work with the BGS Corporate Communications & Publications team as required, work priorities to be assigned by the BGS Head of Communications.


  • experience of scientific research communications
  • evidence of successful communications campaign management of projects
  • relevant PR and Marketing experience
  • minimum of a degree or appropriate alternative in a PR or related discipline
  • Microsoft Office packages
  • strategic, multichannel experience – ability to understand audiences and plan campaign
  • proven writing experience that is adaptable across channels
  • passionate about storytelling and developing original and compelling content.


  • flexible working – willingness to work out of hours and travel within the UK
Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date C.V. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further. In addition, please also submit one or two examples of your recent communications work.

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