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


The Senior Science and Innovation (S&I) Officer, based at the British Consulate-General, Boston, is part of a network of S&I officers throughout the US lead by the Head of Science and Innovation Network in the British Embassy in Washington, DC. The objectives of the global S&I network are:

  • Influence science and innovation policies of governments, industry and academia to benefit the UK
  • Improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges
  • Stimulate strategic science collaborations to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals
  • Harness international technology partnerships and investment to grow UK

The core objective of this job is to represent UK science and innovation interests in the Boston Consulate district(s). This Officer reports to the Regional Director, Science and Innovation (Boston-based) and will work closely with fellow S&I Officers across the US and colleagues from other British government departments (e.g. UK Trade & Investment, Press & Public Affairs, and UK science and research funding bodies).


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Management of complex science and innovation-focused projects including symposia, workshops and delegations
  • Compilation of regular, high-quality reports for senior UK stakeholders. These include scientists, learned societies, policy makers, government ministers and Parliament
  • Support of high-level visits and meetings relating to science and innovation
  • Horizon-scanning developments in science, technology and policy
  • Provision of detailed information on S&I policy and best practice for UK stakeholders
  • Supporting broader Consulate initiatives in support of UK prosperity
  • Management of programme budgets
  • Bachelor’s Degree in science or related field
  • 6-8 years experience in the research and development base
  • A demonstrated enthusiasm for science, science policy and the internationalisation of science
  • Proven ability to work independently to develop a wide range of high-level contacts within academia, industry and research bodies
  • Ability to identify emerging technologies in the US that align with UK priorities and establish technology partnerships, research collaborations, etc.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, capable of effectively interacting with members of the public, science community, and senior government officials
  • Excellent writing and communication skills with the ability to produce clear, concise reports, and to present effectively to a range of audiences
  • Knowledge of UK science and innovation strengths and capabilities is a plus
  • Highly motivated, organised, and resourceful
  • Self-starter capable of working independently with little guidance and oversight
  • Effective team player
  • Reliable, positive and open to new ways of working

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*.

If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy.  Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at  All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance. 

  • Advanced degrees (Masters or PhD level) preferred
Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
22 May 2017
C4 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
British Consulate General
10 July 2017

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local American employment law.

The British Embassy Network offers a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

The target salary for this position is $60,528 annualized.  Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment. Individuals who are Green Card holders, UK/US dual citizens, and non US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

Resume and cover letter should be submitted by 22 May 2017. Internal candidates must inform their supervisor if they intend on applying.

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.

The British Consulate General is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or other category protected by law.

This opportunity is closed to applications.