NERC Science Committee: Chair vacancy

Closing date
29 July 2022
Shortlisting meeting
Early September 2022
Interview date
26 September 2022
Time commitment
30 days per annum including four Science Committee meetings
(up to two days per meeting) and four Council meetings
Number of positions
Length of service
Three years
Start date
October 2022 (first meeting 19 and 20 October 2022, to observe)

UKRI-NERC invites applications from across the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) science remit to lead its Science Committee.

This is a great opportunity to support an excellent and sustainable UK environmental science community.

The successful candidate will lead the committee in working collegiately to offer advice and recommendations to Council and NERC Head Office on current and future funding priorities and new NERC investment.

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
  • to 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.

Who can apply

Applications are sought from individuals who possess a range of expertise and experience in research and innovation across the higher education sector.

You should have a range of subject matter knowledge appropriate to the council’s areas of research, innovation, training and capital.

Our ideal candidate will have the enthusiasm and time to commit to advise us on how we can best achieve our delivery plan ambitions.

Further details on this role, along with the person specification including the essential skills, can be found in the application pack.

How to apply

To apply, candidates should submit a CV (limited to two sides) and a completed application form to for the attention of Gemma Davies by 29 July 2022.

Time commitment or remuneration

The Science Committee Chair is expected to participate in all formal Science Committee meetings (four per year) and Council meetings (four per year). Some meetings will be virtual, and some will be face to face. It is expected that up to 30 days per annum be dedicated to this role.

An attendance allowance of £230 per day (if eligible), together with reasonable travel and subsistence costs will be paid. Travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed in accordance with UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) travel and subsistence policy.

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

At NERC, as part of UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with the appropriate opportunities and tools to flourish and succeed within an ethical and trusted working environment that enables them to do so and that is attractive and accessible to everyone.

We also value diversity of thought and experience and are committed to creating systems that value difference so that everyone can feel welcomed, included and nurtured throughout their time with us.

For further information, please visit: how we support EDI in the workforce.

At NERC we are proud to be users of the disability confident scheme. We will give dedicated consideration at the panel to all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any of our vacancies. There is a section on the application form to indicate if you would like to be considered under this scheme.

If you wish to discuss any accessibility considerations or reasonable adjustments you may require, please contact


If you are interested in applying and have any questions, please contact:

Gemma Davies
Secretariat Officer

Last updated: 25 July 2022

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