Person Specification

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

EPSRC is the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research. Their portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry.

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


  • 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 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
  • 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.


  • 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;
  • Experience of working across international boundaries, particularly with regard to research collaborations within the development and Overseas Development Assistance context;
  • An active researcher in a fundamental area of EPSRC’s remit;
  • A user of EPSRC research from an industrial or government perspective.


Please note the closing date for applications for the Council Member opportunities with EPSRC is Midday, 22nd July.

Panel interviews will be conducted 15th August.

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