The Royal Society is looking for an enthusiastic person to join us as a Policy Advisor responsible for supporting projects within our research systems programme.
This position is suitable for an efficient, enthusiastic and versatile person with a confident and mature attitude who enjoys undertaking research, drafting reports, managing events and projects. S/he will be expected to work closely with staff, Fellows and other experts to provide insights on research systems. An awareness of the research landscape is important for this role. An ability to look at issues in novel ways and to create insights 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. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of a senior member of the team.
Demonstrating the importance of science to everyone is one of the Society’s three strategic priorities and most closely associated with this role. The Government’s Industrial Strategy commits to significantly increase investment in UK Research & Development (R&D) and reach a target of 2.4% of GDP by 2027, with a longer term goal of 3%. Delivering this will require the UK to unlock its scientific and innovation potential nationwide. The Society is working to ensure that this happens, considering how the UK can spend smarter to ensure that these investments improve people’s lives. Within this we are looking at the following themes related to research: people, place, funding and infrastructure.
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. The Royal Society has built up an enviable reputation for the quality and breadth of its science policy work. Policy is an influential part 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.
Reports to: Head of Policy, Resilient Futures
Line manages: None
Location: Carlton House Terrace
Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £29,376 per annum
Pay Band: C
Interview panel: Head of Policy - Resilient Futures, Senior Policy Adviser & Senior Policy Adviser
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 9 January 2019
Interview dates: Week commencing 21 January 2019