View Vacancy - Senior Science and Innovation Officer
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:
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 base and prosperity
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-focussed 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
Management of the Science and Innovation Internship Programme
Bachelor’s Degree in science or related field with 6-8 years experience in the research and development base
Advanced degrees (Masters or PhD level) preferred
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 www.gov.uk/government/world/usa. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.
*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts.
The British Embassy Network offers 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.
Resume and a cover letter with salary history should be submitted by 27 February 2018. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Internal candidates must gain approval from their line manager before 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 is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or other category protected by law.
This opportunity is closed to applications.