EPSRC representative to the CECAM council

Closing date
10 January 2023 4pm UK time
Number of positions
Length of term
5 years
Time commitment
2 days per quarter
£160 per day, travel and subsistence as appropriate
Outcomes communicated date
After January 2023

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is inviting applications to become the EPSRC academic representative to the council for Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM). We are looking for an expert in computational physical sciences.

CECAM is a pan-European organisation based in Lausanne and focused on the promotion of cross-disciplinary advanced computational methods and their applications.

The EPSRC CECAM representative provides UK representation to the council and works with EPSRC portfolio managers to publicise opportunities arising from CECAM activities within the UK.

Who we’re looking for

We are looking for 1 representative to provide UK representation to the CECAM council and provide expert advice to enable researchers within the computational physical sciences communities to access CECAM opportunities. In playing this role, they should liaise closely with an EPSRC portfolio manager in order to update EPSRC on relevant issues and to keep up to date with relevant UKRI strategy.

Applicants are required to:

  • be an active member of the computational physical sciences community
  • have strong awareness of CECAM activities
  • be motivated to get the best research, collaboration and training outcomes for UK researchers and CECAM

Applicants must:

  • be committed to be active participants in CECAM council meetings for the full term of their appointment
  • have the backing of their organisation to devote sufficient time to the role

Diversity and inclusion

Diverse representation within the CECAM council is important to ensure we include a range of opinions and viewpoints in our decision making. An appointment will be made based on merit.

We encourage applications from women, from people who identify as an ethnic minority, people with a disability and other groups who are currently underrepresented.

We welcome applications from people based in all regions and nations of the UK.

Support is available for those with caring responsibilities whose participation in a meeting or associated activity would involve additional care requirements.

What you’ll be doing

CECAM council meetings

The EPSRC CECAM council member will be required to:

  • participate in CECAM council meetings 3 times a year
  • vote on issues affecting the UK physical sciences communities

The council member will be reimbursed for travel and subsistence costs incurred as part of the role (with prior agreement from EPSRC). The member will be able to claim £160 per day for attending council meetings.

The CECAM academic representative to the council is expected to bring a broad strategic view to the table. They will act as a ‘generous generalist’, advising across the breadth of the computational chemistry research area. They are not required to act as representative of their own organisation, research, or sector.

All members are required to declare any personal, private or commercial interests that might conflict with the interests of EPSRC or CECAM. Members must withdraw from any discussion of topics in which they have such an interest.


Council members but strive to advocate for the UK computational community and create strong networks to facilitate the community’s participation in CECAM workshops and events.


The CECAM council member will be required to:

  • provide short reports of council meetings to EPSRC
  • keep in regular contact with the EPSRC portfolio manager who provides administrative representation to the CECAM council

How to apply

To apply, please complete and submit the online application form (SmartSurvey). All applications must be submitted by 10 January 2023 4pm UK time.

Please see a PDF version of the application form to view the questions you will need to complete to submit your application.

Reasonable adjustments

We want to make our recruitment processes accessible to all and will make adjustments for individuals who:

  • identify as neurodiverse
  • have a disability
  • have a long-term condition

If you have any queries regarding the application process or if you would like this application in a different format, please contact: physicalsciencespeerreview@epsrc.ukri.org

Should your application be successful, we will provide reasonable adjustments to enable you to fully participate in council meetings and the other requirements of the role.

How we’ll assess your application

The successful applicant will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • relevance of area of scientific expertise
  • awareness of strategic issues for the computational physical sciences community
  • awareness of CECAM
  • ability to communicate across disciplines, career levels and institutions, and engage with researchers relevant to CECAM
  • willingness to work with EPSRC to provide the best outcomes for the UK physical sciences community
  • agreement to the terms of reference for the role

Selection will be based on the application form assessed by 3 physical sciences strategic advisory team members chaired by an EPSRC portfolio manager.

A decision will be made in early 2023. Applicants will be notified of the recruitment decisions shortly thereafter.

We will sift any applications that do not meet the relevance of area of scientific expertise criteria in advance of the panel.

We will not be providing feedback on individual applications.

Further information

Last updated: 25 October 2022

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