Person Specification

Medical Research Council (MRC)

The MRC is at the forefront of scientific discovery to improve human health. Their scientists tackle some of the greatest health problems facing humanity in the 21st century, from the rising tide of chronic diseases associated with ageing to the threats posed by rapidly mutating micro-organisms.

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 Medical Research Council (MRC);
  • 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.

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;
  • Experience in biomedical ethics, policy, ethics and governance issues relevant to medical research;
  • Experience of knowledge transfer;
  • An understanding of the process of bringing scientific discoveries into practice commercially or into policy and clinical practice;
  • Experience of working across international partnerships, including with regard to research collaborations within the context of Overseas Development Assistance.

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