View Vacancy - Head of Science and Innovation

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Science and Innovation

Main purpose of job:

The British Government’s Consulate in New York has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to join the UK’s global Science & Innovation Network (SIN) as the Head of Science and Innovation for New York. This is a rewarding role which supports and further develops the special relationship between the UK and the US, ensuring the UK continues to be the partner of choice on science and innovation for US organisations, and catalysing research collaborations on three areas critical to UK and international prosperity and security: responsible development of emerging technologies, global health, and science and tech geared to enabling climate action.

The Prime Minister has set the goal for the UK to be a science and technology superpower by 2030, building on the UK’s scientific excellence and leading innovative edge. Collaboration with the US, our main research partner, is critical to achieving that goal. The NY-based Head of S&I is part of a network of S&I officers throughout the US co-ordinated by the British Embassy in Washington, DC. You would report directly to the network’s East Coast Director (based in Boston), working closely with Consulate teams (the Consul General, Deputy Consul General, Trade & Investment, and Press & Public Affairs), as well as with the SIN and Policy teams across the US, to identify and create opportunities for UK science.

The core objective of this position is to represent the UK’s science and innovation interests in the NY Consulate district, which covers New York State, Pennsylvania New Jersey and Connecticut. This region has particular strengths in cleantech, health and life sciences, agritech and energy technologies. This role will also include a national co-ordination role, offering the opportunity for you to lead network strategy and planning on one of the three priority areas of emerging tech, global health and climate action.

The objectives of the UK Government’s S&I network are to:

  • Influence the science and innovation policies of US government bodies, industry and academia to benefit the UK;
  • Inform UK government policy related to science and innovation, based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges in the US;
  • Stimulate strategic science collaborations to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals;
  • Harness international technology partnerships and investment to the benefit of UK and global prosperity.

More information on the SIN team in the US can be found here.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have proven research and analytical experience, capable of ranging across a variety of topics;
  • Demonstrate the ability to broker/catalyse partnerships and collaborations;
  • Show strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Be committed and enthusiastic about the role of science in policy-making, science diplomacy, and its increasing role in international affairs.

In this role you would be working in a diverse international environment side-by-side with UK diplomats, and country based staff operating across the British Government’s network of Consulates and Government Offices in the US. This network provides a platform for approximately 30 Government departments and agencies to conduct their work in the United States and is made up of over 900 staff with a rich and diverse background, skill sets, and experiences.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Cultivating a strong understanding of S&I strengths across the NY Consular region in order to proactively seek and stimulate opportunities for high-value collaboration to benefit the UK; 
  • Responsibility for influencing and promoting UK interests as they pertain to a broad range of S&I sectors and topics across NY, NJ, PA and CT with particular regard for SIN’s priority areas: emerging technologies such as next generation AI, Quantum tech, and bio engineering; climate science, energy research and cleantech; and global health;
  • Providing accurate and detailed information on policy, best practice and horizon-scanning in science, technology and innovation to inform UK stakeholders;
  • Compiling and contributing to reports and briefs for UK stakeholders, including: Senior UK scientists, learned societies, UK policy makers, Government Ministers and Parliament;
  • Managing projects, visits and events (virtual and physical) relating to science and innovation (including organising meetings and visits for Government ministers, senior Departmental officials, representatives from science/innovation funding agencies, universities);
  • Contributing to broader British Consulate-General and SIN US initiatives and programmes in support of UK interests, including the management of consular crises.

Please upload a cover letter and CV to your application to demonstrate your skills, experience, and knowledge to the selection panel.


  • Work in a science, innovation or related field;
  • Self-starter with excellent organisational skills and a proven ability to work independently, with appropriate guidance and oversight, in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills, able to produce clear, concise reports, and to present complex scientific concepts to non-expert audiences;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop a wide range of high-level contacts within academia, industry, government;
  • Reliable, positive and effective team player with a track record working in multi-site, multi-disciplinary teams and delivering results through collaboration;
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for science, emerging technologies, science policy and the internationalisation of science;

Please note that this role is based at the British Consulate in New York and while some flexible working is possible, this is not a remote role. Evening events and travel are occasionally required.

Under US State Department requirements, the UK Government in the US may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Permanent Residents or A visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at our office.  Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at  All selected candidates are subject to background checks and will require a security clearance prior to starting work. 
*A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defense Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.  


  • Knowledge of UK science and innovation strengths and capabilities is a plus.
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Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Permanent
Americas, Caribbean & Overseas Territories
United States
New York
British Consulate General
7 November 2022

Opportunities for relevant training and development will be available, and tailored to the needs of the successful candidate, including opportunities to gain familiarity with the UK science and innovation ecosystem.

This role is 40 hours a week, but does not require set working hours each day, enabling flexibility through the week. We are able to accommodate a varied working pattern, subject to operational demands, particularly around visits by Ministers and Senior Officials, and external events. It is important to factor in the 5-6 hour time difference with the UK.

The UK Government operating in the US offers a substantial benefits package including generous leave, a choice of medical insurance, 401(k) matching up to 7%, extensive learning opportunities and a great work/life balance. Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, eg some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff, will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount. Internal candidates must inform their supervisor before they apply to a different position.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.