Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC244502
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 07 March 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 March 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £28,200 per annum to £30,600 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: NERC-6 new
Contract Type: Fixed Term until 31st March 2020
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 25th March 2018

Primary Tasks: Split 50:50 between the two main responsibilities:

Lyell Centre BGS Communications

  • responsible for all areas of corporate and science communication for the BGS part of the Lyell Centre, working to the direction of both the Head of Communications for BGS and the BGS Lyell Centre Director
  • responsible for all forms of Lyell Centre communication including planning, external media relations, web content, public and community engagement events, education, internal communication, social media and reputation management issues
  • responsible for liaison with Heriot-Watt University (HWU) communications and any communications-related joint ventures with HWU.

UK Geoenergy Observatories (Glasgow)

  • responsible for managing the communication activities of the UK Geoenergy Observatories project in Glasgow and Scotland, working to the direction of both the project communications manager and the science lead in Scotland
  • responsible for taking the lead on the communication activities for the Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site (GGERFS)
  • working with the project team to develop consultation materials, organise events, carry our direct community and stakeholder engagement, act as the contact point for GGERFS, develop web content and coordinate the GGERFS education programme.

Other Tasks:

  • assistance with other BGS communications activities as required in other parts of the UK, so some travel may be required.

Organization Description

The British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.


  • minimum of a degree or appropriate qualification
  • substantial post-graduate PR experience
  • ability and confidence to approach and work with BGS scientists, identify news and work to tight deadlines
  • ability to communicate science in an easily accessible manner
  • competent with Microsoft Office applications
  • experience of working with online PR monitoring and distribution services
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • ability to present their science clearly to non-scientists
  • excellent presentation skills
  • ability to work unsupervised
  • good attention to detail
  • ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
  • flexible approach
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • ability to empathise with the needs of the business and colleagues and relate this to your support role in the organisation
  • approachable
  • able to travel off-site regularly
  • alignment to BGS Core values
  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and NERC
  • displays an enthusiasm for their science / their role and a desire to develop this further
  • demonstrates an interest in their own continuing professional development.


  • a degree or appropriate qualification in a PR or geoscience or related discipline
  • experience of working with a science based organisation
  • ability to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating an ability to lead teams and to participate as a team member.

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.
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.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1st April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

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.

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