BBSRC Strategy Advisory Panels: member vacancies

Closing date
8 December 2022 4pm
Number of positions
2 for Bioscience for Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Growth Strategy Advisory Panel
1 for Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health Strategy Advisory Panel
Length of term
Standard term length is 3 years (1 year in the first instance with an anticipated extension if mutually 3 years standard term (initially 1 year, extended to a full term if mutually agreed).

The term can be extended further in exceptional circumstances, up to a maximum of 6 years.

Time commitment
Maximum 10 to 12 days per year (generally less).

Including at least 2 strategy advisory panel meetings per year of 1 to 2 days each, with a maximum of 5 to 6 days for preparation, and a maximum of 5 to 6 days for additional responsibilities (ad hoc strategic advice for UKRI and BBSRC).

Remuneration
Travel and subsistence will be paid, along with an attendance fee per meeting.
Outcomes communicated date
Late March 2023

We are inviting expressions of interest to join a Strategy Advisory Panel as a member for:

  • Bioscience for Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Growth
  • Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s (BBSRC) Strategy Advisory Panels play a key role in delivering BBSRC’s mission. The panels provide expert input and advice that:

  • helps shape and develop our strategy
  • ensures that our investment decisions are supported by expert knowledge and insight from members of the scientific research and innovation community, including those with broad experience between and across disciplines

The panels are made up of 6 to 8 members, supplemented as appropriate with additional invited experts according to business needs.

We aim to better reflect the diversity and experience across the breadth of the bioscience community, spanning academia, industry and policy.

Who we’re looking for

We are seeking expressions of interest from individuals who are keen to:

  • help shape and develop our strategy
  • ensure that our investment decisions are supported by expert knowledge and insight from members of the scientific research and innovation community

As a member of a BBSRC Strategy Advisory Panel (SAP), you will play a key role in delivering BBSRC’s mission by:

  • providing strategic advice on BBSRC’s investments in the context of the wider research and innovation landscape, and recommending how strategic areas of relevance to the particular SAP’s remit are prioritised
  • identifying emerging strategic opportunities through horizon-scanning and advising on the most effective intervention
  • constructive challenging and assurance that BBSRC’s ideas, policies and strategies are fit for purpose, taking account of all necessary stakeholder perspectives
  • monitoring and benchmarking existing activities and investments, and their impacts

We welcome applications from:

  • women
  • people with disabilities
  • members of minority ethnic groups
  • members who are currently underrepresented in our committees and panels

Applications from early career researchers, businesses, users and government colleagues are also encouraged.

We also welcome applicants who have previously served on BBSRC SAPs.

In order to encourage diversity on our panels, the maximum period panel members can serve is two full terms of 3 years. in such cases, we would ask that applicants wait 1 term afterwards (3 years) before re-applying.

For Bioscience for Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Growth SAP, we are keen to encourage applicants with expertise in the following areas that relate to industrial biotechnology:

  • plants
  • algae (micro, macro or cyanobacteria)
  • mammalian cells
  • metabolic engineering
  • genomics, systems biology or bioinformatics
  • natural products
  • biopharmaceuticals
  • fundamental science through commercialisation
  • industrial experience

In the interests of ensuring fair community representation, and recognising existing membership, unless there is a compelling strategic case, we are unlikely to accept further appointments to the panel from applicants employed by:

  • Ingenza
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Surrey
  • Syngenta
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Reading

For Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health SAP, we are keen to encourage applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  • systems immunology (broad immunology expertise in both animals and humans)
  • industry expertise in the food or ageing (longevity) sectors

In the interests of ensuring fair community representation, and recognising existing membership, unless there is a compelling strategic case we are unlikely to accept further appointments to the panel from applicants employed by:

  • University of Leeds
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Cambridge
  • Alan Turing Institute
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • Babraham Institute
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Edinburgh

What you’ll be doing

Bioscience for Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Growth

Bioscience for Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Growth Strategy Advisory Panel (AMCG SAP) is one of the 3 challenge-led strategic priorities. It is part of BBSRC’s forward look for UK bioscience and supports the BBSRC strategic delivery plan objective to generate world-class impact.

SAP’s scope also contributes to the objective to build a greener future, as described in the UK Research and Innovation corporate plan.

AMCG SAP focuses on covering the use of biological systems for the manufacture of materials, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and energy vectors or the use of biological systems for remediation of land, water or air:

  • biological systems can include genes, enzymes, bacteria, fungi, algae, animal and plant cells, and whole (multicellular) organisms
  • feedstocks can include wastes and residues in the form of:
    • gases
    • liquids
    • solids
    • perennial biomass
  • technologies that cover those in biosciences, chemistry, engineering, and particularly those covering:
    • genomics
    • systems
    • synthetic biology

See details on the Bioscience for AMCG SAP and most recent membership.

Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health

Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health Strategy Advisory Panel (BIUH SAP) is one of the 3 challenge-led strategic priorities. It is part of BBSRC’s forward look for UK bioscience.

BIUH SAP focuses on improving animal and human health and wellbeing across the life course. This centres upon providing a deep integrated understanding of the health system, and of the factors that maintain health and wellness under stress and biological or environmental challenges.

The panel will provide advice to BBSRC on a broad range of topics spanning the 4 challenge areas identified in the Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health strategic framework document:

  • lifelong health: understanding the biological mechanisms of health span, with the long-term objective of maintaining and enhancing the quality of mental and physical health throughout the life course
  • food and nutrition for health: understanding the biological mechanisms by which nutrients, food components, foods and whole diets and their interactions promote a healthy lifespan
  • one health: combat spillover infections at the animal-human-environment interface, with a focus on prediction, prevention, response and recovery principles to improve the health and wellbeing of animals and people in their environments
  • transformative technologies for health: development, validation, implementation and application of tools, technologies and data that enable innovative approaches to understand and improve human and animal health and wellbeing throughout the life course

See details on the BIUH SAP and most recent membership.

How to apply

Please in the first instance contact the Strategy Advisory Panel team to register your interest in applying and to ask any questions you may have about the role.

Bioscience for Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Growth Strategy Advisory Panel

Email: jamie.whitford@bbsrc.ukri.org

Bioscience for an Integrated Understanding of Health Strategy Advisory Panel

Email: bfh@bbsrc.ukri.org

You can apply for 1 position only.

You will need to submit an application via SurveyMonkey to apply.

The application form contains the following sections:

  • personal information (for example, name, organisation and contact details)
  • diversity information
  • free text sections:
    • personal statement: why you wish to join the Strategy Advisory Panel and what you think you can bring to the role (maximum 300 words), including evidence of how you meet the essential and desirable criteria
    • what you think is the greatest challenge facing this section or discipline in the UK (maximum 300 words)
    • evidence: details on your involvement in any relevant advisory, strategic, policy, assessment or similar groups, panels, boards or committees (maximum 300 words)
    • experience: describe how your experience and career path to date means that you meet the essential and desirable criteria for a member of the Strategy Advisory Panels (maximum 500 words)

If you have any queries or additional needs to enable you to complete the application form, please contact the appointments board secretariat at email: research.committees@bbsrc.ukri.org.

How we’ll assess your application

We will make appointments based on individual knowledge and experience in line with the criteria below. We will also consider the need for expertise in particular research and innovation areas, along with the coverage of panel membership overall in relation to the expertise requirements of each Strategy Advisory Panel.

The types of evidence that you may provide will depend on your background, but may include:

  • participation on committees, boards or panels
  • business or industry, innovation, commercialisation and investor experience
  • experience of activities related to skills and careers for the biosciences or research more widely, including doctoral training, researcher development and research support for teams in the biosciences
  • experience of working internationally, particularly in the context of global challenges
  • experience of working in a policy development environment
  • experience in the development of research outputs into real-world value, for example in the form of:
    • infrastructure
    • people
    • technologies
    • new commercial products
    • software
    • data management
    • standards
    • publication and funding history, where relevant to current and previous roles

Essential criteria

These include:

  • professional expertise relevant to the current requirements of the Strategy Advisory Panels
  • knowledge and understanding of the bioscience landscape in the UK and internationally, and an understanding of the challenges facing the appropriate sector or discipline (both broadly and relating to your own area of expertise)
  • knowledge and experience of policy or strategy development across key biosciences stakeholders (for example government, UKRI, industry or third sector)
  • awareness and understanding of societal, ethical or legal considerations related to the biosciences or research more widely
  • understanding of the interface between academia, industry and other relevant UKRI-BBSRC stakeholders, as well as awareness of end user and developer perspectives
  • ability to work collaboratively and productively with other Strategy Advisory Panel members

Desirable criteria

These include:

  • previous experience of working with BBSRC or UKRI
  • knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion activities being undertaken in research and innovation across the UK and internationally, and a demonstrated commitment to making progress on equality, diversity, and inclusion issues, with experience of improving outcomes
  • expertise in multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary working across fields in the biosciences and more widely, including the formation of collaborations, partnerships and facilitation of knowledge exchange
  • awareness and expertise in specific fundamental bioscience areas which are advancing our understanding of the rules of life
  • awareness and knowledge of the facilities, resources and services necessary for the biosciences community to:
    • carry out groundbreaking research
    • support its translation into economic and societal impact
  • knowledge and understanding of the UK research and innovation funding landscape and how UKRI and BBSRC operate within it

We expect you to commit the necessary time and attention to your appointment and to have the full support or the necessary permission of your employer.

BBSRC staff will review expressions of interest against the criteria set out in the role description. Recommendations will be made to BBSRC’s appointments board, which is responsible for making appointments.

BBSRC’s appointments board has delegated authority from the BBSRC Executive Chair and is responsible for making decisions on appointments. The appointments board members are representatives of the BBSRC research community.

In addition to reviewing applications against the criteria for appointment, the appointments board will consider people diversity and institutional and industry balance as part of its decision-making process.

Further information

Equality and diversity

We recognise that diverse ideas, experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are fundamental to successful science and innovation. We are committed to ensuring that our committees, panels and boards are inclusive, diverse and representative of the research community.

We are committed to the principle of providing equal opportunities for all. Through this appointment activity we aspire to increase the diversity of our advisory structures and welcome applications from all individuals and sections of the community.

An equality and impact assessment has been developed to support and inform applicants and ensure that we enable participation and attendance at meetings, for example, by using venues that have good transport links and are accessible. We will also contribute towards additional costs for caring responsibilities to enable you to attend.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you wish to discuss this further.

To support us in assessing how effective our policies and procedures are in eliminating unlawful discrimination and promoting opportunities, we ask that you provide diversity information that will be used anonymously by BBSRC for statistical purposes.

This information will be treated in confidence by BBSRC and will not be used in the assessment of applications.

Safeguarding good scientific practice

As a public investor in research, BBSRC aims to facilitate the highest standards for research integrity.

UK Research and Innovation is a signatory to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity. BBSRC also implements the UKRI policy and guidelines on governance of good research, alongside our guidance on  safeguarding good scientific practice.

Appointees to BBSRC Strategy Advisory Panels are expected to be aware of their obligations in regard to these policies.

Learn more about UKRI’s guidance and policies on research integrity and misconduct as part of UKRI’s good research resource hub.

You must declare if you are, or have been, subject to any current or past scientific misconduct investigations. BBSRC reserves the right to reject any application where such issues are considered an impediment to the individual holding a public appointment. This information will be treated in confidence.

Last updated: 21 November 2022

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