Welcome to the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, where we aspire to the achievement of world-class science excellence. We value creativity, collaboration and teamwork and we are committed to realising the potential of our highly skilled people through equal opportunity for all.
We encourage the ongoing learning and development of our staff and this has been externally recognised by our re-accreditation with Investors in People (IiP). Staff are encouraged to continually improve their professional and technical skills and have the opportunity for career development discussions.
UKCEH operates an equal opportunities policy and therefore applications from all sectors of the community are welcome. We run a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for the post and we hold the Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating our commitment to advancing women's careers in scientific research.
Support, representation & communication
There are many ways in which UKCEH staff can voice their opinions and receive support if needed. We have a staff consultation group chaired by our Director, staff can join the unions Prospect or PCS, which negotiate with management to ensure their members' needs are addressed, and we have a network of welfare advisors providing impartial and non-judgmental 'listening' support.
What our staff say:
Jeanette Whitaker, Plant-soil Ecologist at Lancaster
Following a NERC CASE PhD studentship at the University of Leeds and UKCEH in Cambridgeshire, in 1998 I won a NERC Post-doctoral Fellowship and chose to base myself in Cumbria as I realised that working as a research scientist in an institute was what I wanted to do. On completion of my fellowship I was offered a permanent position and have worked for UKCEH ever since. I really enjoy working here because of the diversity of the science in which I have been involved. My background is Plant and Soil Science but over 17 years I have been able to apply this expertise to a range of global environmental issues including pollution, climate change and renewable energy, working on projects ranging from blue skies NERC grants to interdisciplinary projects focused on influencing UK energy policy. Support and flexibility from UKCEH has also enabled me to develop a successful research career while having a family, including being promoted and winning a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship.
Stephen Browne, IT Site Manager at Wallingford
When I started working for UKCEH I was looking after the servers and networking equipment. In the five years since I have been here, I have progressed to be the Wallingford IT site manager. This means that I am now responsible for ensuring that the IT services for CEH scientists and admin staff are running as efficiently and effectively as possible, as well as continuing to ensure that new equipment and services are allowing UKCEH to produce the best science that it can. Since joining I have gained useful qualifications in project management, such as the PRINCE 2 practitioner qualification. This enables me to run projects of any size and, combined with my IT skills, ensures that our IT projects are delivered on time and within budget. I enjoy working at UKCEH because of the interesting people and because I am supporting scientific projects through the use of IT.
Inma Robinson, Analytical Chemist at Bangor
Before joining UKCEH I gained my BSc, MSc and doctorate from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and worked in the USA and the West Indies. I find UKCEH a vibrant and stimulating place to be employed where I have been able to work on multidisciplinary projects integrating the expertise of a wide variety of scientists. I have a unique opportunity, as a soil scientist, to work on big projects like the agri-environment monitoring we are conducting in Wales where soil properties can be interpreted in relation to natural capital and ecosystems services. UKCEH has also allowed me the time I needed when my husband and I adopted two children and, as a mother working part-time, I very much appreciate the flexibility in the work-place and the supportive work environment.
Heath Malcolm, Environmental Biologist at Edinburgh
I started working for UKCEH in 1990, immediately after graduating. My career has progressed through several promotions and roles including drafting international reviews of the effects of chemicals on the environment, attending World Health Organization task groups and managing the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme. As a Science Programme Coordinator, working directly with a Science Director, I developed science management skills. More recently, I have managed several large projects funded by UK Government Departments, e.g. Defra and DECC. I currently supervise a team of eight scientists. I enjoy working at UKCEH, where I have been able to develop a scientific career combining valuable experience in laboratory work, data analysis, paper writing and scientific management, allowing me to deliver science that directly underpins government environmental policy, thereby making a difference to the wider world in which we live.