Science Support Administrator - based in Edinburgh

We have an exciting opportunity for a skilled administrator with a keen interest in the environment, to support strategically important research programmes in Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects based at Penicuik, near Edinburgh, where scientists undertake field- and lab-based research both in the UK and internationally.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects Science Area

This area of work within CEH aims to improve the process-based understanding of biosphere-atmosphere exchange, with a holistic focus on the full chain from emissions to deposition and effects. The research integrates measurements, data, models and incorporating new understanding of complex interactions between drivers of environmental change. Results of this research support policies to mitigate atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gas (GHG) sources, and enhance GHG sinks. Flagship monitoring sites (e.g. Auchencorth Moss) and national-scale monitoring networks generate long-term, high frequency time series of atmospheric composition change and its key drivers. Based on measurements and field experiments, we develop state-of-the-art process-based models and apply those to quantify emissions, atmospheric dispersion and environmental fate of key air pollutants and GHGs. This includes quantifying the deposition/removal of pollutants from the atmosphere and investigating how changes in meteorology and atmospheric composition impact on the biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling of macro- and micronutrients in natural and managed ecosystems.

Main Duties of the Roles

The successful candidate will be a key part of the science programme team helping deliver its science through the following activities:

  • Administrative support of the Science Programme, including phone enquiries, emailing, filing, running time usage and budget reports, purchasing, data input into spreadsheets, managing content on the website and intranet;
  • Supporting the Science Area Head, including booking meetings, diary management and travel arrangements;
  • Providing support for staff recruitment and visiting scientists and students;
  • Supporting Scientists with meetings and outward-facing events, including managing room booking, travel, refreshments and technical facilities, such as tele/videoconferencing;

Skills Required

We are looking for skilled people with good communication skills who are used to working in a team. You must be flexible in your approach to work, and have a good ability to self-organise and prioritise your workload. Experience of administration and project support are essential, as is attention to detail. Good IT skills are also essential, including the ability to use Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Some basic experience of databases would be desirable. An interest in environmental issues and climate extremes would also be beneficial.

You must also be able to demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to CEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Teamwork. Information on CEH’s values is available here.

How to apply

To be eligible for this role, you must have the Right to Work in the UK.

Please forward a CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the requirements of the role, to 

The closing date for applications is 28th March 2019 at midday (12:00).

The interview date for this post will be 10th April 2019.

Closing Date: 

28th March 2019


£18,395 per annum