Science Policy Officer

Organisation:        Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical
                             Society
Salary:                 £25,000
Location:              London
Hours:                   Full time 35 hours per week, shared across the RSB and at the Biochemical Society)
Contract:              Permanent (3-month probationary period)
Reports to:           Science Policy Manager, RSB, and Director of Society Programmes,
                            the Biochemical Society
Line Management: Science Policy Manager, RSB
Closing date:       5pm on 30th June 2017
Interview date:    12th or 13th July 2017 at Charles Darwin House, London

The Royal Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. 

The Biochemical Society promotes the future of molecular biosciences; facilitating the sharing of expertise, supporting the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology, and raising awareness of their importance in addressing societal grand challenges.


Objectives: To help to support the policy activities of the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society and to act jointly and collaboratively on shared initiatives.

Responsibilities: To provide assistance and support to the policy activities of the Biochemical Society and the Royal Society of Biology.

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Job Details

Organisation
Location
London
Close Date
2017-06-30

Job description

Objectives:                To help to support the policy activities of the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society and to act jointly and collaboratively on shared initiatives.

Responsibilities:       To provide assistance and support to the policy activities of the Biochemical Society and the Royal Society of Biology.

Supportive duties:

  • Convene meetings and provide secretariat support for policy committees and groups, including minute-taking.
  • Assist as necessary with website and other communication activities of the Policy and Public Affairs departments, by contributing to the policy pages of the Biologist and the Biochemist, various newsletters, the websites and the blogs.
  • Assist with outward-facing activities e.g. Parliamentary events.
  • Provide briefings to Royal Society of Biology and Biochemical Society Committees and Council when required.
  • Provide representation and support for both societies at workshops and other activities.
  • Write reactive and proactive policy communications (as policy responses, briefings and position statements) by consulting with members and appropriate committees, convening meetings and analysing existing policy.
  • Provide the Secretariat for particular policy groups.
  • Participate in collaborative initiatives e including workshop support.
  • Develop and organise the Policy Lunchbox programme.
  • Regularly monitor and respond to policy-relevant events and communications with both organisations.

Biochemical Society projects

  • Providing support for the Biochemical Society Policy Advisory Panel and Policy Network, including (but not limited to) reactive consultation work as arises; reactive and proactive statements as requested; writing a quarterly newsletter for the Policy Network.
  • Reporting to other Biochemical Society Committees and the Council of Trustees where appropriate.
  • Engaging Biochemical Society members in policy activities, including member surveys and early career researcher support. 
  • Equality and diversity strategy work; administering the Biochemical Society Diversity in Science grants; attending relevant events.
  • Attending external policy events and committee meetings on behalf of the Biochemical Society e.g. Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Parliamentary Steering Group (as required), European Federation of Biotechnology.
  • Administration of the Biochemical Society policy budget, including support for cross-sectoral organisations.

 Royal Society of Biology projects

  • Supporting the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives of the RSB.
  • Collaborating on behalf of RSB in joint and partnership activities including the Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance, Policy Lunchbox, and the Drug Discovery group.
  • Co-ordinating the RSB Science Policy Adviser Network.
  • Supporting the Research Dissemination Committee (RDC).
  • Championing communication of policy and activities through the Science Policy Newsletter, Research Communication Newsletter, UK Plant Science Federation's newsletter and social media.
  • Providing briefings to the Royal Society of Biology Committees and Council when required.

Person description

Essential

  • Hold a degree or equivalent in the Biosciences or related subjects  
  • Have a positive and pro-active mind set
  • Have excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Have experience of communication, policy or advocacy work
  • Be IT competent
  • Be able to engage confidently with people at all levels of seniority
  • Be a competent team player
  • Be able to think creatively and act realistically
  • Be welcoming of constructive criticism and be adaptive

Desirable
  • Have a broad understanding of science and innovation in the UK and internationally
Circumstances     
  • Able to be flexible about working hours on occasions
  • Able to undertake national and/or international travel on rare occasions  

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