Closing date: 04pm BST on 15 November 2021
EPSRC are seeking new members from across EPSRC’s stakeholder groups for the Science, Engineering and Technology Board (SETB), to provide advice and guidance on the scientific, engineering, and technology aspects of our portfolio. EPSRC is part of UK Research and Innovation, a body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas. EPSRC is at the heart of discovery and innovation. We invest in long-term, fundamental engineering and physical sciences research and training. We are committed to excellence and impact and support the talented scientists, engineers and postgraduate research students who through their research, discover new knowledge, explore new ways of thinking and drive innovation. Our research ranges from physics, chemistry and mathematics to materials, computing and engineering. It provides the underpinning knowledge that informs other fields such as the life and medical sciences and places the UK as a leading global research nation.
The Science, Engineering and Technology Board provides the EPSRC Executive with advice and guidance on the scientific, engineering, and technology aspects of our portfolio. The role of the board is to use scientific and technological insight to identify and champion bold new research challenges at the cutting edge of engineering and physical sciences to address long term challenges for future investment. This advice stream is highly important to EPSRC within the context of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). EPSRC needs ever more timely advice in order to adapt and react to the new landscape, funding streams and in preparing for Delivery Planning and Spending Reviews. The board also works to understand the benefits and scientific outputs of our large investments by, for example, interacting with EPSRC researchers to identify exciting science stories and breakthroughs, using this to inform future priorities, and by taking an independent advisory oversight of the EPSRC Institutes. EPSRC are looking to recruit 4 – 8 new members in this exercise, with a diverse range of expertise and experience in research and innovation from across EPSRC’s stakeholder groups, including, academia, business and the third sector. The Board will include an appropriate balance of expertise from different organisations as well as reflecting a diverse mix of individuals and backgrounds. The terms of reference of the SETB can be found in Annex 1 of the application pack.
Applications are sought from candidates who can bring a broad strategic view and act as ‘generous generalists’, advising EPSRC on the scientific, engineering, and technology aspects of our portfolio. Members are not required to act as representatives of their own organisation, research area, or sector and are expected to adhere to the Seven Principles of Public Life. The specific requirements sought in the person specification are:
We encourage applications from all scientific and career backgrounds, however we are particularly interested in applications from the following backgrounds:
Appointments to the SETB will usually be for up to four years, with extensions at the discretion of the Executive. All appointments will begin with effect from 1 April 2022. Formal SETB meetings take place up to four times a year. In addition, SETB works flexibly with EPSRC throughout the year to provide advice as requested by the Executive. It is expected that SETB members will need to commit between 4 and 10 days to SETB work per year. Every effort will be made to support remote participation to SETB activities, if this is appropriate, and to take into account flexible and part-time working. EPSRC has developed guidelines to highlight the support available to researchers with caring responsibilities. Members are paid a fee for each activity they are involved with and, when attending meetings in person, are reimbursed for travel and subsistence expenses.
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