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About the role

The National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) is a distributed research centre with over 100 scientists from UK institutions, led by Professor John Remedios (University of Leicester). With an annual income of £10 million per year, it provides a national, long-term and strategic capability in Earth observation, namely the science of studying the Earth using satellites in space. The NCEO is a research centre of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), part of United Kingdom Research and Innovation which is the premier funder for UK research and innovation.


NCEO science focusses on the most pressing challenges of environmental science from climate change to wildfire to urban living, investigating change and devising systems which provide improved quality of life and economic sustainability. Through its world-class research, NCEO is able to analyse vast amounts of data alongside sophisticated models, producing high quality information on the environment of interest to government and business and important for understanding of long-term trends in, for example, climate and carbon, air quality, land change and water cycles.


The role will lead the communications functions of NCEO in creating, developing and maintaining an engagement strategy that meets the needs of NCEO as an organisation, its staff and partner institutions, Head Office of NERC as the primary stakeholder and liaising with UK and international space agencies. It will enable NCEO to promote the power of Earth Observation, its environmental importance and the beauty of space systems in an effective, impactful and timely way through a range of communication channels.

About you

You must have a degree (ideally in a relevant science) or significant relevant experience and have experience of working with a scientific community. You will ideally have knowledge of grant or contract funders such as NERC and experience of working with government stakeholders. You will understand the role of media relations, digital channels and news in delivering a communications strategy to support corporate objectives whilst communicating complex science in an appropriate way. You will also have experience of producing articles, press releases, reports and web content.


The role will require very good skills in liaising with staff. You will have confidence in training staff to represent NCEO to external stakeholders. You will have excellent networking skills as an ambassador for NCEO with external collaborators, clients and enquirers. You will be able to work independently and proactively to meet deadlines.

Additional information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Jane Hull on jh450@le.ac.uk

We anticipate that interviews will take place via Zoom / Teams on 1 September 2020.
The post is available at our headquarters (University of Leicester) or at one of our distributed centres (Kings’ College, London or University of Reading). 

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. The University is ranked within the top 25 UK Universities in all international league tables and we are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.