Closing date for applications is Monday 15 May 2022.
Every year, a number of vacancies become available on the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) advisory bodies and peer review panels. These bodies perform a vital function for STFC, providing advice and guidance that aids our strategic direction and supports our decision-making processes.
STFC cover funding for Frontier Science Programme core areas (the PPAN areas of particle physics, particle astrophysics, astronomy, and nuclear physics, alongside the accelerator science and computing programmes that accompany them) but also run Facilities and Advisory Panels, therefore, we interested in your expertise in different types of the main core areas where applicable.
Members have the opportunity to influence STFC’s strategy, policies, and funding decisions, as well as guiding STFC to develop the societal impact of our investments and best support our research and innovation communities. Members will also be able to expand their professional networks and explore a wide range of challenges related to investment in UK science and engineering.
Please read our guidance documents, which include:
- a preview of the application form
- questions and answers from a webinar we held in 2021
- testimonies from members of STFC panels, boards and committees.
We are committed to the principles of fair and transparent decision-making, promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). In addition to the UKRI principles on EDI, STFC continues to develop a range of measures and objectives around EDI. We have undertaken an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Impact assessment for this call.
We would like to encourage everyone to consider this opportunity. We would also urge colleagues to share these details with everyone in their networks and teams – including any specific diversity networks that exist within your institution.
We want to encourage a diverse range of applicants to all our panels and have a target of 30 percent in relation to the underrepresented gender (for STFC women) on our panels. We collect other diversity related information, to understand whether our panels are more broadly representative and to inform any future action we might take in this area. We therefore encourage all applicants to share information about themselves. This information will be anonymised and aggregated, to protect individual identity.
We are also highlighting the opportunity for early career candidates to apply for certain vacancies. This has been clearly indicated in the text for specific panels.
The specific requirements for each vacancy are clearly listed, and all applications will be assessed via an appropriate review process. Applications will be assessed on the evidence presented in the application. We are seeking applications from academia, government, industry, the ‘third sector’ or civil society communities (including charities) relevant to STFC’s grant programmes, and from the communities supported by STFC facilities. Submissions from STFC employees (for example scientists, technologists, project managers or engineers) who meet the criteria for panels are also welcome.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodation to participate in the panel membership. We are committed to helping you with the application and appointment processes and have tried to make the information clear and accessible.
Our handbook for members of STFC’s advisory bodies will help you to understand our expectations of a panel member. The handbook also includes useful information on other topics such as equality and diversity, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and our policy on travel, subsistence, and remunerated meeting fees.
This is an annual call and, as a result, membership may commence at different times. For most committees and panels members will be appointed for three years unless otherwise stated. Communities are asked strongly to encourage their relevant network and colleagues to participate. Please pass on the details of this page. Please note, all applicants should apply directly.
If appropriate STFC may open the call up again to encourage a wider pool of applicants and to ensure that we have a balance across the different range of representation and experiences we are seeking. We encourage all members of our community to either put themselves forward for membership of our boards and panels and/or to recommend other qualified candidates to apply themselves.
Further details and application form
Read the specific details for panels, committees and boards before making your application.