Person Specification

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training. Their research is helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives and underpinning important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following characteristics:

Essential

  • A commitment to UK Research and Innovation’s mission and priorities;
  • A clear understanding of the research and innovation sector’s contribution to society and to the economy, including its potential applications and impacts and the barriers and opportunities that exist in realising these; the role of multidisciplinary research within this. This may be exemplified from an academic, commercial, industrial, user community, Governmental, or third sector perspective.
  • Domain expertise gained within a variety of organisational backgrounds and an ability to critically evaluate and/or advise on new research and innovation opportunities within the remit of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC);
  • The ability to support decision-taking and provide advice at a strategic level and to exercise judgment across a broad spectrum of policy (including research and innovation policy) issues.
  • An ability to tackle and reach conclusions on complex policy issues. This again may be derived from a variety of differing career perspectives.
  • A demonstrable track record of working at a senior policy making level in academic, commercial, industrial, user community, Governmental, or third sector organisations.
  • Domain expertise within the:
    • Food industry
    • Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, informatics technologies, data science, deep learning and machine learning particularly with a focus on applications in the biological sciences
    • Agricultural Technology, Industrial biotechnology and bioenergy

Desirable

  • Experience of working across international boundaries;
  • Knowledge of and strong personal interest in areas of the Council’s work;
  • Knowledge of the decision-making process for publicly funded research and of the associated strategic issues;
  • Experience of public engagement with research;
  • An understanding and experience of working with ethical, legal and societal issues;
  • (Experience of working across international partnerships), including with regard to research collaborations within the context of Overseas Development Assistance.

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