The federal government is on the hunt for a co-chair of the Council of Science and Know-how, which advises the prime minister.
The unbiased co-chair will be part of a number of others, together with council chair Patrick Wallace, the federal government’s chief scientific adviser.
The co-chair’s duties embody “charting the course” of the council’s work programme, in addition to liaising with authorities, ministers and officers, and the chief scientific adviser.
The work programme presently consists of advising on assembly the federal government’s targets for analysis and improvement (R&D), utilizing science and know-how for a “sustainable well being and social care system” and dealing to attain internet zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“The prime minister’s Council for Science and Know-how is the federal government’s top-level advisory physique on science and know-how points,” the job software pack stated. “It stories on to the prime minister on issues of science and technology that reduce throughout the duties of presidency departments. It’s co-chaired by the federal government chief scientific adviser and an unbiased appointee.
“The SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic has highlighted the significance of science and know-how in dealing with a problem of such epic proportions, and in constructing a sturdy, sustainable and equitable restoration plan for the UK, post-Covid.”
In accordance with the job application pack, the federal government is searching for a senior determine in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
“People will need to have a monitor file of excellent achievement as a researcher or innovator in a science and know-how subject,” it says. “Particular person disciplines are, nevertheless, much less necessary than the flexibility to supply a well-grounded ‘large image’ perspective on all kinds of STEM coverage points.”
Additionally it is important for candidates to have glorious chairing and communication expertise, and to have the ability to deal with complicated and delicate points.
“You might come from a prime place in academia, commerce or trade or public service, often on the stage of chief govt, vice-chancellor or equal senior management position and have the non-public stature and credibility to steer and signify a physique which advises the prime minister,” the pack stated.
The co-chair will substitute present unbiased co-chair Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor of Manchester University, who’s stepping down from the position subsequent yr. Candidates have till 22 November 2020 to use.