Organisation BBSRC
Organisation Detail BBSRC - Corporate Policy and Strategy Group
Reference Number IRC252862
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £30782
Date Posted 14 February 2020
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 11 March 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing date: 11th March
Interview date: w/c 30th March


This role is an excellent opportunity for someone with an interest in research and innovation, excellent analytical skills and the drive and determination to apply these skills to enable new insights.  Within the Policy, Strategy and Evidence domain, we are seeking to further develop our analytical capabilities, exploiting advances in auto-classification, text analytics and data visualisation.  With data at the heart of our work, we are enabling rapid, data driven insights into our portfolio of research investments, outputs and outcomes to support strategic planning and decision making across UKRI-BBSRC.

In this role, you will be closely involved in this work which interfaces with many areas of the office, spanning the full remit of UKRI-BBSRC science.  You will play an important role in analysing the portfolio of UKRI-BBSRC research investments, outputs and outcomes, reporting on these portfolios, looking for trends and patterns in the data, and providing the evidence base to inform UKRI-BBSRC decision making and strategic planning.  You will make use of a range of technologies and techniques with support from the team, including network analysis (to explore collaborations and interactions), text mining and clustering, data management using Alteryx, as well as data visualisation tools such as Power BI and Tableau.

The role is highly analytical - you will be numerate and IT literate, with experience of accurate data analysis and interpretation. Experience of data visualisation and presentation is essential. You will be well organised and adaptable to change, with the ability to work flexibly across a range of activities and competing demands.  Excellent team working and interpersonal skills are essential, together with effective communication skills.

The role might require you to travel and work away from the office and/or outside normal working hours on occasion.

The main activities of the role are outlined below:

  • Support the roll-out of dashboards and reports relating to research investments and outputs data using Power BI and other data visualisation tools, taking a continuous improvement approach to leverage further insights from this rich dataset
  • Support work on the development of novel data visualisation approaches, exploring machine learning and auto-classification approaches, text mining and analytics for new knowledge discovery - all of which will enable new and meaningful insights into our data to inform our strategic planning and decision-making
  • Contribute to enabling large and complex data sets to be presented and accessed in a simple and intuitive format for all users, including linking multiple datasets from different sources for integrated analysis. Assist in the monitoring of research investments and outputs data quality, arranging amendments as necessary and ensuring data accuracy and timeliness
  • Contribute to group and office wide activities, for example, attending UKRI-BBSRC, Cross UKRI and external meetings and deputising for colleagues within the Evidence and Evaluation Function as required.

In the context of research investments data:

  • Respond to requests for information on BBSRC research investments, including Parliamentary questions, Ministerial briefing and Freedom of Information requests. Requests include those from Government, academics, industrialists, media and other research funders and in responding to such requests, you will regularly liaise with colleagues in other groups as necessary, providing draft responses setting the results of your analyses in context
  • Carry out strategic analyses of the UKRI-BBSRC research portfolio, working closely with colleagues in other Groups to produce corporate analyses that are ‘fit for purpose’ to inform various stakeholders both within UKRI-BBSRC and externally. Contribute to policy analyses in support of, for example, Council and UKRI-BBSRC’s Executive Leadership Team
  • Contribute to the development of standard reports and dashboards relating to UKRI-BBSRC investments by research Institution, region, science area, collaborative R&D activities and international activities, ensuring that source datasets are produced accurately and analyses are updated within agreed timescales. Contribute to the promotion of the resources across the office and explore the potential for new analyses.

In the context of outputs and outcomes data:

  • Take a continuous improvement approach to methods to analyse and report on research outcomes data for use by UKRI-BBSRC, providing evidence of the outputs, outcomes and impacts arising from BBSRC’s investments in bioscience research
  • Carry out analyses of UKRI-BBSRC research outcomes data to produce standard reports that are ‘fit for purpose’ to inform various stakeholders internally and externally, liaising effectively with colleagues across the organisation to ensure alignment to user needs
  • Promote the availability and use of research outcomes data across BBSRC and support colleagues in accessing and using the data.

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 criteria:


  • Educated to degree level and/or with equivalent relevant experience
  • IT literate with good working experience of the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Previous experience of accurate data analysis and interpretation
  • Good written communication skills
  • Demonstrable experience of using spreadsheets for data analysis.

Interview criteria:


  • Experience of data visualisation and an aptitude for learning new software
  • Excellent analytical skills and highly numerate, with the ability to analyse complex raw data and derive meaningful information accurately and responsibly
  • Able to work to a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Personal initiative and judgement and able to work independently and proactively
  • Able to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to understand their strategic requirements and provide expert advice
  • Able to design and implement analytical approaches in response to stakeholder insight needs and communicate gained insights back to the stakeholders
  • Critical and creative thinking with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Good liaison, networking and negotiation skills (able to establish and maintain productive and professional working relationships)
  • Able to work closely with colleagues to ensure work is delivered to deadline
  • Excellent organisation skills, able to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Genuine interests in the aims and objectives of UKRI-BBSRC.


  • Masters Degree or PhD and/or equivalent relevant experience, preferably including bioscience experience
  • Experience of working with data visualisation software, such as Power BI, Tableau, Sci2 or similar tools
  • Experience of working with large datasets with demonstrable experience of using database software, such as Access or SQL, or Alteryx workflows for data management
  • Experience of tailoring analyses for different stakeholder groups, with some strategic experience
  • Experience of machine learning and text mining approaches or statistical modelling
  • Demonstrable coding experience (preferably R) or willingness to develop these skills
  • Appreciation of how UKRI-BBSRC’s activities relate to wider issues in terms of UK public sector funding for research.

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

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Equal Opportunities

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