Organisation BBSRC
Organisation Detail BBSRC - Science Group Programme
Reference Number IRC253368
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48877
Date Posted 19 March 2020
Grade RC-F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 15 April 2020
Interview Date 01 May 2020

Brief Description

Salary: £48,877
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 15th April 2020
Interview Date: 1st May 2020 (Subject to change)

About us

Cutting-edge bioscience depends on modern and sustainable research infrastructure. This ranges from essential bioinformatics and biological resources such as databases and biological collections, to state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities such as high-throughput omics platforms and advanced bioimaging technologies. Bioscience is evolving into big and connected science, requiring networks of integrated facilities to form distributed infrastructures.

Main Job Activities


  • To lead the development and implementation of BBSRC’s Research Infrastructure requirements, within the framework of the Forward Look for UK Bioscience and the Delivery Plan 2019 and the UKRI Infrastructure Programme report
  • To develop and maintain a knowledge and understanding of bioscience and broader multidisciplinary (including cross-UKRI) infrastructure and research capabilities, to share and use this expertise within BBSRC and more widely, to inform strategy development and long-term planning
  • To manage BBSRC’s interactions with the UKRI Infrastructure Shared Capability, by driving forward bioscience requirements through the UKRI Infrastructure Advisory Committee, and future work stemming from the publication of the UKRI Infrastructure Programme report and the Landscape Analysis
  • Collective and collaborative working with Senior Leaders in UKRI-BBSRC, other discipline-specific Councils, relevant Government Departments and the wider Research and Innovation community in the UK and internationally
  • To identify opportunities for enabling the impact of infrastructure investments, overseeing the effective management and monitoring of existing BBSRC investments, and developing evidence to underpin the case for future investment in bioscience infrastructure
  • Oversee BBSRC’s strategic activities associated with e-infrastructure, working across UKRI and with key e-infrastructure users and providers, to ensure appropriate provision for areas such as data intensive bioscience and artificial intelligence
  • To engage with and influence a wide range of external organisations, including internationally, in order to enable BBSRC to meet its objectives around the provision of infrastructure/capabilities for UK bioscience
  • To manage BBSRC’s engagement in national and international consortia for Research Infrastructures, including established ESFRI programmes such as EMPHASIS, Euro-Bio Imaging and ELIXIR-UK, and to identify and scope opportunities for new partnerships
  • Leadership and line management of Senior Portfolio Managers and Portfolio Managers working on research infrastructures.

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:

Person Specification

Attainments (A), General Intelligence (GI), Special Skills (SS), Special Requirements, Physical Make up (PM).


  • Masters Degree or PhD in a biological or related subject and/or previous relevant experience and demonstrable understanding of bioscience research
  • A well-developed understanding of BBSRC’s strategy and its mechanisms for supporting research and infrastructure
  • Proven experience of developing and delivering research strategy and/or programmes of research, or research-related investments
  • Experience of programme and project management with an aptitude for budget and risk management
  • Broad experience of stakeholder management across partners and teams, with a demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationship and networks internally and externally at a senior level
  • Knowledge of the wider bioscience and funding landscape, and understanding of how BBSRC’s activities relate to the delivery of economic and social impacts of research
  • Experience in engaging and managing individuals to work effectively to deliver their own tasks and to contribute to corporate goals, including through effective line management
  • Ability to independently plan and effectively prioritise delivery of a diverse portfolio of activities within agreed timescales and budgets, responding effectively to pressures exerted by rapidly changing demands, conflicting priorities and resource limitations
  • Capacity to lead, develop and support team members to work both independently and cooperatively, and take ownership of key objectives and actions
  • Ability to work effectively with a range of internal and external people, including senior colleagues, to secure the best outcomes for BBSRC, acting as an ambassador for BBSRC and our communities
  • Effective communication using different media, including the ability to listen, engage, influence, negotiate, and interpret and report complex information succinctly
  • Willingness to innovate and challenge established thinking in self and others, and support organisational flexibility and responsiveness.


  • Understanding of bioscience and/or infrastructure in a research user context
  • Understanding of international partnership working.  


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.

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Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

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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.

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