Current vacancies

Our current vacancies are detailed at the link below and can be filtered based on our locations, job type and if the role is full or part time.

How to apply for a job

Please read through our detailed guidance below to help you complete your application for employment at UKCEH.

Our values

Read more about our values and expectations at UKCEH.

Making an application

To apply for a job, click on "Apply" on the advert. 

You will need an email address to register to use the e-Recruitment system and submit an online application. Once you have made an online application, we will store your information and when you log back in, it will be available for you to use in making future applications to UKCEH. Please make sure that you complete all the fields. Help will be available on screen to guide you through the online application form. Mandatory fields are marked with a red asterisk.

As well as a CV, please provide a covering letter detailing why you may be suitable for this role. You must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the role using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education or during career breaks (such as time out for dependants).

Please refer to the Right to Work information to check your eligibility to apply for a vacancy.

Please note that we are not able to respond to speculative applications for employment, so we recommend that you bookmark our vacancies page and review it regularly.

Uploading documents

Please ensure all uploaded documents include your name in the filename, along with a description of the document. For example:

'Chris Smith Supporting Statement.pdf' and 'Chris Smith CV.pdf'

Please ensure all documents are not password protected or saved with 'track changes'.

Please ensure all documents are PDF files. 

Closing date

All job opportunities have a fixed closing date for applications to be submitted. You will be able to submit your application up until midnight on the published closing date. Once the date has passed the role will not appear on the jobs page and you will not be able to submit an online application or see the job details.


Shortlisting is usually carried out by the selected recruiting panel for the job vacancy and candidates will be contacted via the e-Recruitment system to advise of the outcome of the shortlisting process. Please be advised that, if your application is unsuccessful, we do not provide individual feedback for each submission at this stage.

System maintenance

Our e-Recruitment system performs planned maintenance on a regular basis whereby the system goes down every Saturday at 0700 GMT, normally for four hours. However once a month the downtime is eight hours. If the system is down, you will see a message that includes details of when the system will be available again.

If you have technical difficulties with the online system, then contact for help.

Equal opportunities

The UKCEH Equality, Diversity & Inclusion policy promotes equality of opportunity and equitable treatment for all employees, job or studentship applicants and other stakeholders and to not discriminate on grounds of legally protected characteristics, ie age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, or trade union membership/activity.

UKCEH recognises that people from different backgrounds and experiences can bring valuable insights to the workplace and enhance the way we work. We therefore aim to have a range of practices for reaching and attracting such candidates.

UKCEH will consider ex-offenders for employment on their individual merits. UKCEH's approach towards employing ex-offenders may differ depending on whether the job is or is not exempt from the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

We are committed to advancing women's careers in scientific research.

If you have a disability

UKCEH welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and is committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. Adjustments will be made, wherever reasonable, to enable applicants to compete to the best of their ability and, if successful, to assist them during their employment.

We encourage applicants to disclose their disabilities in order that any specific arrangements, particularly for the selection process, can be accommodated. Applicants or employees can disclose a disability at any time. We run a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for the post.

If you wish to discuss any reasonable adjustments necessary, you can contact our People and Skills team via

Pre-employment screening and references

All offers of employment are made subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post.

If you are offered the post, you will be asked to provide proof of your right-to-work, your identity, and UKCEH’s security screening provider will contact the referees you have nominated and also conduct a DBS pre-screening check.

For candidates invited to interview the invite will request that documentary evidence to support a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application is brought along to the interview. Please bring in two forms of ID such as your passport and driving licence or other documents from the DBS Basic ID Check list for acceptable alternative documentation for a DBS check. Alternatively successful candidates will be requested to visit a UKCEH site to provide the original documents to support the DBS application.

Advanced disclosure checks and credit checks will be required for specific roles. You will also be asked to complete a health declaration so that you can tell us about any health conditions or disabilities so that we can discuss appropriate adjustments with you.

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