Organisation EPSRC
Organisation Detail Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Reference Number IRC245330
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £24435
Date Posted 15 May 2018
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 May 2018
Interview Date 18 June 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £24,435
Grade: RC/C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time (Part-time at least 0.8 FTE will be considered)
Closing Date: 31st May 2018
Interview Date: 20th June 2018


Team Purpose:

The Communications and Stakeholder Engagement team develops the strategy for and leads on all external facing communications activities using media, publications, events and digital channels. It manages key stakeholder relations and advocacy and provides advice to the rest of the organisation on communications strategies and internal communications for major investments and policy changes. It is responsible for EPSRC’s reputation and brand management.

Job Purpose:

We have two Communication Officer roles available, one covering Business and Academia and the other covering Government and Parliament. Please indicate on your covering letter if you have a preference for either role or wish to be considered for both. Please note that indicating a preference will not affect the shortlisting process.

The Communications Officer provides support across the Communications and Stakeholder Engagement team, working closely with the relevant audience lead (Business, Academia, Public, Government and Parliament) to deliver effective and efficient communications activities specific to these audiences. The role includes a mix of generic support activities and specific audience activities, working closely with the other Communications Officers together to support each other as well as the wider team.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.urki.org.

EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing over £850 million a year in a broad range of subjects from mathematics to materials science and from information technology to structural engineering. Further details can be found via the following links:

Organisation - https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/about/organisationofepsrc/

Facts about EPSRC - https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/about/facts/

About EPSRC – https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/about/

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria:


  • excellent written communication skills, both written and verbal – the ability to communicate with people at all levels
  • decision-making
  • team-working – the ability to work on own initiative, play an equal role as a team member and build relationships across the organisation
  • organisational skills – the ability to organise a broad workload, manage priorities in a flexible way and meet tight deadlines
  • effective computing skills including a good working knowledge of MS Office applications and internet resources
  • working knowledge of social media platforms, particularly Twitter.


  • an understanding of the work of EPSRC
  • an interest in communications and marketing
  • attention to detail and an eye for design and presentation.

Employee Benefits:

The Research Councils recognise and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent:

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities:

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

Please note: candidates must have the right to work in the UK as EPSRC does not hold a sponsorship licence.

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.

Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote the appropriate reference number when calling.