Person Specification

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

NERC is the driving force of investment in environmental science. Their leading research, skills and infrastructure help solve major environmental issues such as air pollution and bring benefits to the UK, like affordable clean energy and increased resilience of our infrastructure.

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 Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
  • 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 of working across international partnerships), including with regard to research collaborations within the context of Overseas Development Assistance;
  • Experience of sustainability leadership or consumer insight within business.

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