Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC, Head Office
Reference Number IRC255930
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £25198
Date Posted 19 November 2020
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 07 December 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £25,198 per annum
Grade: UKRI C
Contract Type: Fixed Term (9 months)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 7th December 2020
Interview Date: 17th December 2020

The post is for a fixed term of nine months and is being offered on a full time basis (but part time working is possible).
About us

NERC is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI brings together nine organisations to create one single, independent entity with a strong voice, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

NERC is the UK's leading funder of environmental science. Our scientists study and monitor the physical, chemical and biological processes on which our planet and life itself depends – from pole to pole, from the deep Earth and oceans to the atmosphere and space. The science we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a safe, healthy, productive nation. Many programmes involve collaborations with national and international partners to tackle large-scale environmental science challenges, including those faced by developing countries.

As well as research, innovation and training supported from the NERC core budget, there are exciting emerging opportunities from cross-UKRI funds to develop interdisciplinary programmes that will enable environmental researchers to lead and collaborate in major projects to advance knowledge and have significant potential for delivering economic impact.

About you

You will work closely with members of the Funding Operations, Research Careers and Strategic Programme Delivery teams, to take grants through the pre-award processes, with a focus on the peer review stages. The role involves interaction with Programme Managers (PM's) and experts in our community who undertake the external peer review and sit on the peer review panels. The main purpose of the role is the delivery of peer review administration supporting NERCs Discovery Science, Highlight Topics and Independent Research Fellowship schemes. The role may also include working on other funding calls across NERC.

You will have an aptitude for programme administration. You will have strong organisational, team-working and time-management skills, and excellent attention to detail. You will be self-motivated, quick to learn and flexible enough to manage a diverse and rapidly changing portfolio of activities, and work to deadlines.

It is essential that you have a demonstrable ability to resolve issues and work independently, whilst being part of a team. You will bring good communication skills with an ability to build effective working relationships with representatives within and external to NERC.

Key Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Selecting and adding expert reviewers onto the Siebel system, under the guidance and management of a PM
  • Liaising with external reviewers and colleagues within the NERC Peer Review College team and Funding Operations team
  • Liaising with equivalent roles across UKRI and potentially internationally to ensure optimal peer review and outcomes for the applications we receive
  • Maintaining central spreadsheets with accurate and informative information
  • Taking notes at meetings, including scientific panel and committee meetings
  • Managing list servers such as science area list servers
  • Gathering and collating information for various projects
  • Supporting and covering colleagues as appropriate
  • Coordinating the operation of the NERC & USA National Science Foundation (NSF) Lead Agency scheme in collaboration with NSF and NERC colleagues
  • Processing Letters of Intent for NERC-led proposals and NSF-led proposals, liaising with NSF to provide feedback, advising NSF of NERC-led proposals submitted to NERC’s Standard rounds, advising outcomes, completing process of NSF-led proposals for submission of UK component to NERC for award
  • Actively taking part in bi-monthly phone/zoom calls with NSF and NERC colleagues to discuss proposals, issues arising and improve the overall process for mutual benefit.
What we offer

In return, your role will be varied, managing and delivering NERC processes to ensure we fund research, innovation and training of the highest quality. You will report to more than one activity manager for different aspects of the portfolio.

Travel in the UK is a small but important part of the role. 

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 and Interview Criteria


  • Proven administration experience and skills, including numeracy and attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal communication skills, with both internal and external customers
  • Ability to prioritise, multi-task, work to deadlines, and work flexibly on own initiative
  • Experience of team working, including virtual teams and willingness to assist other members of the team as variable workloads demand
  • Effective use of Microsoft Office applications, e-mail, internet, spreadsheets and databases, with the ability to give attention to detail
  • A self-starting, proactive approach to work, with ability to learn quickly and develop skills/increase knowledge “on the job”. 


  • Understanding of Siebel and Oracle systems (including OBIEE reporting)
  • Interest in environmental science issues and how research works
  • Experience of working on a research, innovation or training programme or international funding schemes
  • Experience of managing projects and budgets.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Polaris House is located next to Swindon Train Station and has excellent public transport links. Limited parking subject to waiting list (Swindon site only).

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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.

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:
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