The Royal Society is looking for an enthusiastic person to join us as a Policy Advisor responsible for managing projects within our emerging technologies programme.
This position is suitable for an efficient, enthusiastic and versatile person with a confident and mature attitude who enjoys undertaking research, drafting reports and event management and project management. S/he will be expected to work closely with Fellows and experts to provide insights on emerging technology. An ability to look at issues in novel ways and to create insights using a variety of techniques will be important in this role more broadly. S/he will also contribute to the overall development of the Science Policy team and the delivery of its objectives. A knowledge of basic science which can be applied to emerging technology is important for this role. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of a senior member of the team.
The Royal Society’s mission is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Royal Society provides independent, timely and authoritative scientific advice to UK, European and international decision makers. The Society derives its authority and expertise from its Fellowship and Foreign Membership.
Demonstrating the importance of science to everyone is one of the Society’s three strategic priorities and most closely associated with this role. Scientific advice as well as our ability consider emerging technology and create perspectives are more important than ever before. From ocean resources to genetic technology, from air quality to artificial intelligence the questions being asked of scientists by policy makers, the media and the public continue to multiply. The Royal Society has built up an enviable reputation for the quality and breadth of its science policy work. Policy is now one of the most influential of the Society’s activities.
The Science Policy team’s role is to work with the Society’s Fellows and other experts to develop and promote independent, expert and timely advice to UK, European and international decision makers in matters of science policy. Science Policy’s partners include other academies, learned societies, funding agencies, government, industry and the public sector. It deploys a wide range of channels and approaches, from the delivery of major reports to rapid shorter statements; the creation of influential networks; skilful use of the Society’s media channels; and well-founded programmes of events.
Full time, Permanent
Pay Band: C
Salary: £29,376 per annum
Educated to a minimum of degree level (or equivalent) Essential
Experienced in policy making, ideally related to emerging technology or innovation. Essential
Able to convey complex scientific, technical and policy-related ideas effectively Essential
Effective interaction with people at all levels of seniority and managing professional networks Essential
Managing online communities and online outputs Essential
Able to prioritise and manage more than one set of tasks simultaneously Essential
Excellent management of time and workload to meet tight deadlines Essential
Preparation of written and oral briefings and of synthesis reports Essential
Computer literacy (proficient in all MS packages including Word, PowerPoint and Excel) Essential
An enthusiastic team player, with experience of collaborative working Essential
Creative thinking and problem solving Essential
Preparing minutes from meetings Desirable
Experience in the production of policy documents Desirable
Organisations of events, workshops or meetings Desirable
Experience of working in a policy environment Desirable
Use of customised database software Desirable
Managing or running projects Desirable
Able to be flexible about working hours on occasions Desirable
Able to undertake national and / or international travel on occasions Desirable
The competency levels for a pay Band C role are described below.
Working with others
Managing people and relationships