Chief Science Policy Officer

Job Reference VARZD
Closing Date Tuesday 09 Apr 2019

The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine. Providing scientific advice for policy is one of the Royal Society’s strategic priorities. In recent years, the Society has produced a range of independent and authoritative advice across a range of policy areas as diverse as Artificial Intelligence, Greenhouse Gas Removal, gene drives, computing education, low carbon energy and investment in science and innovation. It is closely involved in work to ensure the interests of UK science are promoted throughout debate and decisions on Brexit and its implications.

The Royal Society is seeking an outstanding and experienced candidate with the vision and energy to build on the achievements so far, and to take them to the next level. The candidate must have the experience and credibility to be able to represent the Society on a national, European and international stage and to be able to network with influencers and decision makers at the highest level. The ability to command credibility with Ministers, senior officials and advisers will be essential. Energy and enthusiasm will be vital, as will a flexibility in dealing with changing priorities and a varied portfolio.

Candidates should bring experience of leading teams to develop and implement a vision for scientific policy alongside a programme of policy projects and activities. Prior experience of interface with government and business, and representing an organisation externally will be useful, as will the ability to network. This represents the opportunity to lead scientific policy for the world’s oldest independent scientific academy dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Royal Society on this appointment.  For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference VARZD.  Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).  Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 9th April.