Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC, Head Office
Reference Number IRC247056
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30357
Date Posted 11 October 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357
Grade: NERC Band 6/UKRI Grade D
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time (part time/flexible working will also be considered)
Closing Date: 4th November 2018
Interview Date: 19th November 2018

Role Purpose

To support the Evidence team in developing evidence of the impact (economic and societal benefit) of NERC’s funding and activities.

Primary tasks

  • investigating and analysing impact information to generate new evidence of the impact of NERC’s investments in research, innovation, training, national capability and public engagement. This includes analysis and synthesis of qualitative data (including via content analysis or text mining), and analysis of quantitative data such as survey findings
  • preparing impact evidence for NERC, UKRI and BEIS (government) colleagues to disseminate to specific audiences. This includes presenting/summarising complex messages tailored to the needs and interests of specific audiences
  • assisting with content analysis via computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS)
  • identifying opportunities for generating new robust evidence of NERC’s impact
  • helping with the tendering process and project management of economic valuation projects
  • seeking, collating and recording incoming impact evidence information, and managing a database of evidence.

Secondary tasks

  • keep abreast of best practice and relevant developments in impact evidence methodology
  • support wider Corporate Affairs tasks as required.

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

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the largest funder of environmental science in the UK. We invest £300 million each year in research, training and innovation through UK universities and research centres. Our scientists study and monitor the whole planet from pole to pole, from deep Earth and oceans to upper atmosphere and space. Through collaboration with scientific partners, business and policy-makers, our science supports sustainable economic growth and improves public wellbeing. Our Headquarters in Swindon provides the corporate policy, planning and administrative focus for NERC.

Shortlisting & Interview Criteria


  • understanding of the applications of environmental science to business, policy and societal needs
  • relevant degree or appropriate knowledge/experience.
  • experience of investigative research and analysis (e.g. journalism; internet-based desk research; academic, policy or business research), including strong ability to synthesise and summarise complex scientific / technical information in a clear and accessible form
  • effective communication skills – with internal and external stakeholders, technical and non-technical audiences
  • quick learner, with strong motivation to learn new skills and techniques
  • ability to solve problems and work independently
  • effective administration, prioritisation and time management skills
  • proficiency in IT.


  • relevant postgraduate work experience.
  • existing experience, and understanding, of the government’s ‘impact agenda’
  • experience or knowledge of content analysis, text mining or computational linguistics (ideally including Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis software and/or familiarity with R software)
  • experience of project management and/or tendering processes
  • experience in semi-structured interviewing; survey design and analysis; analysing economic data.

Our centrally located Swindon campus is shared with 7 other research councils and hosts approximately 1300 staff, which provides a pleasant, comfortable working environment. The purpose designed building, set in its own grounds, is convenient for bus and rail stations, shops and leisure facilities and provides excellent facilities including free on- site parking (subject to waiting list), bike sheds, bistro and shop.

We offer a defined benefit occupational pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance of 30 days plus 10.5 days bank and other holidays and flexible working hours.

As an IiP employer NERC encourages and supports development both in terms of the needs of the job, but also future career development. We expect our people to work flexibly and so you may have the opportunity to work across a number of jobs.

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.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. To apply please attach an up to date CV and a covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to match the criteria, will not be considered.

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