Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford
Reference Number IRC245538
Location Wallingford See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30000
Date Posted 13 June 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 01 July 2018
Interview Date 19 July 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £28,000 - £30,000 (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: 6
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 1st July 2018
Interview Date: 19th July 2018

About the role

We are looking for a Researcher Development Coordinator to be based within the Learning & Development Team which forms part of the People & Skills team, based at CEH Wallingford. This position may suit a recent PhD graduate who is interested in making a significant contribution in a busy, friendly team environment.

As part of the Learning and Development team you will:

  • support the relationship between Early Career Researchers and their supervisors
  • manage, develop and deliver the Early Career Researcher Training Programme, including the relationship with PhD funding providers and PhD student recruitment
  • manage and develop PhD Student and Early Career Researcher policies and procedures
  • monitor Early Career Researcher progress and wellbeing
  • represent Early Career Researchers internally and externally.

Main Duties

You will be willing to contribute to the wider aims of the Learning and Development team (L&D) and the People and Skills Section. The main duties are:     

  • providing support to Early Career Researchers and their supervisors across the four CEH sites; managing casework and visiting the sites quarterly
  • developing relevant policies and procedures in response to CEH, external changes and best practice
  • managing the provision of essential skills training for Early Career Researchers and PhD supervisors at CEH; developing, delivering and evaluating courses and working with the rest of the Learning and Development team to manage the budget in partnership with the CEH Business Development Team
  • negotiating and managing CEH’s engagement with PhD funding providers such as the Research Council Doctoral Training Partnerships
  • managing recruitment of PhD students hosted at CEH, including involvement in panel interviews
  • engaging with the external researcher development community to keep up to date with relevant policy and share best practice e.g. local Vitae network
  • coordinating the annual ‘PhD MOTs’ (student welfare-focusses review meetings)
  • coordinating the cross-site committee which deals in PhD student matters
  • managing the Student Database, ensuring the information is up-to-date, monitoring student progression and collating completion rates
  • monitoring student data and reporting to external stakeholders and internal committees on Early Career Researcher matters
  • disseminating information regarding Early Career Researcher opportunities and activities.

Organization Description

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • demonstrate an understanding of doctoral level study and the associated issues and of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework
  • deliver training workshops and facilitation activities
  • be confident in communicating with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels, including the provision of data and reports to senior management
  • be able to deal with Early Career Researcher and supervisor concerns and enquires in a sensitive and confidential manner including facilitating discussion, helping to resolve issues
  • be able to manage your own time and prioritise a changing workload of long and short term activities to meet deadlines
  • be comfortable with problem solving and have the ability to produce creative and innovative ideas that are practical and appropriate for CEH
  • be flexible and approachable with a proactive and pragmatic approach
  • you will be able to operate autonomously, seeking advice where appropriate, as well as be able to work effectively as part of a team, taking the lead as and when appropriate
  • you must be willing to travel and this may require staying overnight on occasion
  • you must have good attention to detail being able to manipulate data and track budgets
  • excellent IT skills in Microsoft Packages and email.


  • demonstrable skills in interviewing
  • knowledge of recruitment processes
  • skills to undertake casework.

Training will be provided relevant to the role during the period of the appointment.

In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. 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.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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