Opportunity to join the Science Committee

UKRI-NERC invites applications from across the NERC science remit to join its Science Committee. This is a great opportunity to support an excellent and sustainable UK environmental science community by working collegiately to offer advice and recommendations to Council and NERC Head Office on current and future funding priorities and new NERC investment. You will be supported in this role by the Chair and current members in developing your expertise and experience as a Committee member.

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.

NERC is looking to appoint two members with research experience (as set out in the person specification section in the application pack).

The appointment is for a period of three years, subject to annual performance review.

The closing date for the receipt of all applications is 16:00 on 15 October 2021.

The shortlisting is scheduled to take place 18 November 2021

The interviews will be held (virtually) on 03 December 2021

The successful candidates will be expected to attend their first meeting on 2 and 3 February 2022.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found in the application pack below.

Link to application pack (PDF, 219KB)

Link to application form (Word, 80KB)

The total time commitment for Science Committee members is expected to be up to 20 days pa. An attendance allowance of £170 per day (if eligible), together with reasonable travel and subsistence costs will be paid.

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 equal opportunities 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 who is interested in developing their career with us.

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 as part of UKRI we are proud to be users of the disability confident scheme. We guarantee to interview 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 are interested in applying and have any questions, please contact:

Gemma Davies
Governance Manager; Science Committee