Organisation BBSRC
Organisation Detail BBSRC - Science Group Programme
Reference Number IRC249979
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30782
Date Posted 21 June 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 July 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782
Grade: UKRI D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time (Part Time/ Job Share Considered - compatible with requirement of the role)
Closing Date: 28 July 2019
Interview Date: 9th or 14th August

About the role:

BBSRC is recruiting for a Strategy and Policy Officer for its Research Strategy & Programmes team. This role is central to developing and implementing strategy and policy across a number of cutting-edge areas of science, including but not limited to data-intensive bioscience (e.g. artificial intelligence, machine- and deep-learning), bioinformatics and new technologies with a focus on bio imaging. Your role will include keeping abreast of emerging research trends in your areas of responsibility and drafting and presenting papers and reports. You will also be responsible for organising and running one of BBSRC’s expert advisory panels, the Exploiting New Ways of Working Strategy Advisory Panel and managing funding calls in collaboration with colleagues across BBSRC. You will be an advocate for your areas of responsibility both within BBSRC and to a broad range of stakeholders.

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • provide strategic advice and assist the development of BBSRC and wider UKRI strategy in oral and written forms
  • plan and implement activities to develop scientific strategies through e.g. literature review, writing reports, establishing priority areas and developing national/international initiatives through interaction with BBSRC’s Strategy Advisory Panels and the wider scientific and stakeholder communities
  • represent BBSRC interests on relevant cross-council programmes and other UKRI activities
  • prepare briefing material for the Head of Strategy/BBSRC’s Directors/Government Departments as required
  • provide strategic advice to the research community on BBSRC funding opportunities
  • provide support for the peer review process for research grants in the remit of the team
  • analyse the portfolio of BBSRC investments in areas relevant to its strategic priorities
  • represent BBSRC to external stakeholders and act as an ambassador for BBSRC both nationally and internationally, providing advice and gathering information on  issues relevant to BBSRC
  • make an input into BBSRC’s Spending Review submissions and Strategic Delivery Plan
  • deputise for the Head of Strategy and other team members as required.

The role will involve some travel within the UK, and potentially overseas, including overnight and occasional weekend absences.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see:

For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes see:

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • degree in a biological or related subject and/or other relevant experience
  • able to plan and prioritise own work; ensure that work meets deadlines and re-prioritise if necessary
  • able to interpret, analyse and summarise complex data and information
  • able to exercise personal initiative and sound judgement within given constraints and ask for and give help when needed
  • good interpersonal skills including liaison, negotiating and influencing
  • strong organisational skills with an aptitude for administrative planning
  • able to represent BBSRC in a professional manner when communicating and dealing with internal and external personnel
  • able to design and deliver presentations to internal and external audiences using a range of media
  • able to write well-structured and clearly articulated complex documents aimed at internal and external audiences
  • contribute to meetings and debates, adding intellectual value through self and by consulting with others
  • able to factor all aspects of the role for emerging social, political and environmental trends which might impact your own and others’ work
  • able to work closely with colleagues to ensure work is delivered on time (and budget)
  • competency in using Microsoft Office packages such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and be familiar with the use of email
  • genuine interest in the aims and objectives of BBSRC.


  • master’s degree or PhD in a biological or related subject and/or other relevant research experience
  • knowledge of the Research Council system and UKRI
  • knowledge of Forward Look for UK Bioscience and BBSRC’s Strategic Delivery Plan
  • experience of developing strategy
  • awareness of science policy issues
  • understanding of the peer review process.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK.You can check your eligibility here:

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