Strategic Advisory Teams (SAT) Membership Vacancies

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Recruitment to our Strategic Advisory Teams: Person Specification & Selection Process

This year, EPSRC is welcoming applicants for vacancies in Capital Infrastructure, e-Infrastructure, Engineering, Information Communication Technologies, Manufacturing the Future and Mathematical Sciences Strategic Advisory Teams (SATs), the cross-council Digital Economy Programme Advisory Board (PAB), and the cross-council Energy Programme’s Scientific Advisory Committee. A full list of vacancies can be found in the Vacancies section below. 

We are seeking applications from industrialists, academics, users of research, and individuals working in the third sector and government organisations to start on 01 January 2022. Applications for vacancies open 03 June 2021 and close 16:00 29 July 2021. Please ensure that your application has been submitted before this time.

The advisory teams are devised as a flexible resource, enabling Heads of Theme to obtain the strategic advice they need in a timely manner, drawing on a range of perspectives from across our key stakeholder groups. They vary in membership size depending on the needs of the theme. Further information and terms of reference for SATs can be found on the EPSRC website along with theme-specific visions.

Each theme's advisory team meets at least three times per year and may also be asked to take part in further EPSRC business (or other parts of UK Research and Innovation as appropriate), including but not limited to workshops, advisory groups for specific activities and peer review panels. There is also a yearly all-SATs conference, bringing all the advisory teams together.

We will be looking for suitable individuals to guide and advise as theme experts. We welcome applications from those who are full-time or part-time, on sabbatical or a career break, academic or researcher, based in academia, industry, the third sector or government organisation. You will not be required to act as representative of your own organisation but rather as someone with relevant expertise who is free of bias.

Quotes from Current SAT Members

Since joining the Physical Sciences SAT last year, I have found the community very welcoming despite having to meet remotely! The opportunity to hear EPSRC visions discussed and input the views of industrialists who benefit from the research that is funded, especially with respect to the mechanisms of engagement and interaction has been insightful; it has taught me personally how to engage more effectively with our academic collaborators. Above all, it is encouraging to understand that there is a passion to remain focussed and relevant in the identification of emerging priority areas.

- Dr Victoria Jones, Mondelez International

As SAT member in capital equipment, I have the chance to understand, comment and influence on overall funding landscape. Getting involved in the activities at the funder’s side instead of the applicant side really broadens my vision. Being able to help shape the future funding schemes is very exciting, as I can envision and help the future of research in the UK.

- Dr Ryan Wang, UCL

Diversity & Inclusion

Diverse representation within our advisory bodies is important to ensure we include a range of opinions and viewpoints in our decision making. Appointments to the advisory teams are made primarily on merit and we are keen to obtain greater diversity across the membership. We particularly encourage applications from women, from people who identify as an ethnic minority, people with a disability, and other groups who are currently under-represented. We welcome applications from people based in all regions and nations of the UK.

We would particularly hope to continue improving the gender balance of the boards, in keeping with EPSRC's overall goal of achieving at least 30% participation of women (as the underrepresented group) in EPSRC strategic bodies.

We are also committed to working towards increasing ethnic minority representation, aiming to increase the membership on advisory bodies to 20%. This is part of our commitment to race equality and is one of our immediate actions – see website:

As part of the application process, diversity data will be requested to help us assess the diversity of membership. This data will be collected, stored, and used in line with our strict General Data Protection Regulations 2016/679 GDPR guidelines. The use of an individual’s diversity data in the selection process will be clearly outlined.

Where participation in a SAT meeting or associated activity would involve additional care requirements, EPSRC has developed guidelines to highlight the support available to researchers with caring responsibilities, which are available on our website.


Vacancies are specified as open to:

  • Academic – those employed by a higher education institution, i.e a university


  • Industry/users of research – for example those employed by business (large corporation through to SME), research and technology organisation, NHS Body and independent consultant  

This is to ensure a balance of representation across each theme. Multiple vacancies may be filled by one applicant if the appropriate individual is found. Applicants are welcome to apply to a maximum of two of the following vacancies. This may include vacancies from two different themes.

Theme Vacancies Academic OR industry/user
Capital Infrastructure Vacancy 1: Research Technical Professional Academic only
Vacancy 2: Senior University Management Academic only
Vacancy 3: Data specialist Academic only
Vacancy 4: International infrastructure perspective Academic OR industry/user

Vacancy 5: Manager or user of infrastructure based in Industry

Industry/user only

Digital Economy Vacancy 1: Digital aspects of social science Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 2: Content Creation and Consumption priority area Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 3: Sustainable Digital Society priority area Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 4: Beyond a Data Driven Economy priority area Industry/User only
Vacancy 5: Data intensive services industry Industry/User only
Vacancy 6: Digital technologies in the charity/third sector/community sector Industry/User only
E-Infrastructure Vacancy 1: Emerging Technologies/Data Science Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 2: Software Development Academic OR Industry/User
Energy Vacancy 1: Solar Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 2: Bioenergy Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 3: Environmental whole-systems interactions with Energy needs across temporal/spatial scales Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 4: Heat Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 5: AI/Digitisation of Energy Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 6: Energy Economics/Energy Justice Academic OR Industry/User
Engineering Vacancy 1: Materials Engineering, preferably with an emphasis on sustainability Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 2: Robotics Engineering / Robotic systems Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 3: Civil Engineering, preferably with a focus on Built Environment or Construction Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 4: Early Career – the successful candidate will also be asked to chair the Engineering Early Career Forum Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 5: Engineering, with a focus on commercialisation of research Industry/User only
Information Communication Technologies Vacancy 1: Verification & Correctness, Software Engineering Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 2: Quantum Technologies in ICT Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 3: Autonomous Systems Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 4: Digital Twins Academic OR Industry/User
Manufacturing the Future Vacancy 1: Advanced Materials with manufacturing relevance Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 2: Process Manufacturing Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 3: Manufacturing with biological relevance Academic OR Industry/User
Vacancy 4-5: Open vacancy across the manufacturing remit

Academic OR Industry/User

Maths Vacancy 1: The Mathematical Sciences Theme are looking to appoint an Early Career Mathematician to sit on their SAT. This position acts to link our Early Career Forum with our SAT therefore the successful candidate will be asked to also sit on the Mathematical Sciences Early Career Forum. We welcome applications from any area of Mathematical Sciences Academic only
Vacancies 2-5: The Mathematical Sciences Theme welcome applications from across the breadth of our mathematical sciences portfolio. Academic Only
Vacancy 6: The Mathematical Sciences Theme are looking to appoint a user of Mathematics from outside of academia. We welcome applicants with any background. Industry/User Only


Strategic Advisory Team members are drawn from EPSRC's academic and non-academic stakeholders which includes a breadth of different roles across the research and innovation system. Members of all advisory teams are expected to bring a broad strategic view to bear and to act as 'generous generalists', advising across the breadth of EPSRC's portfolio and the portfolios of other Councils where appropriate.

Members are not required to act as representatives of their own organisation, research area or sector, and are expected to adhere to the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Members of EPSRC Strategic Advisory Teams are paid a fee and reimbursed for travel and subsistence for attendance at meetings. EPSRC may host meetings virtually or facilitate a mixed attendance meeting (physical and virtual attendance).

Initial appointments will usually be for up to three years, with extensions at the discretion of the Head of Theme. Appointments will be in place from 1 January 2022.

Person Specification

The specific requirements sought are:

  • Expertise relevant to the vacancy(ies) applied for (maximum of two applications per candidate). This could be in advancing knowledge, delivering impact, stakeholder engagement, community leadership and/or meeting the needs of business and/or society.
  • Ability to take a strategic overview of issues relevant to the Theme(s) applied for. Issues may relate to one or more of: research, skills and training, international context, impact, innovation, research infrastructure and interdisciplinary work.
  • Preparedness to develop, test and constructively challenge EPSRC and UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) policies, in a flexible, adaptable, multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Willingness to represent the views of the research, innovation and business community, and facilitate two-way communication between the community and EPSRC and UKRI.
  • Capacity to devote sufficient time to the role and backing/support from organisation. Please refer to the Terms of Reference.

How to Apply

Applications should be made through the Smart Survey form at the bottom of this page. Your application will be submitted upon seeing the final screen “You have completed this survey”. Please note you will not receive a separate email confirmation to say your application has been submitted.  

Applicants can apply to a maximum of two vacancies.

Applications are sought from individuals who feel they can meet the requirements set out above. All applicants must apply individually; nominations from colleagues or organisation will not be possible. Universities, businesses, learned societies and other key stakeholder groups should continue to encourage and support suitable colleagues to apply.

Applications must be received by 16:00 29 July 2021. The application form will automatically close at this time (even if an application is being worked on) and late applications will not be accepted.

Tips for your application:

  • Assessment of your suitability for the vacancy is made solely on the information provided in the application form. No other information will be used so you should take care to address all criteria. Think about how you address each of the selection criteria; don't just copy and paste from your website or refer us to your published work. While there is no minimum word count, you must provide adequate evidence to justify your suitability.
  • Treat all questions as important.
  • Don’t just provide a list of previous positions. We want to know what skills you have used and/or gained in your current and/or previous positions or roles.
  • Consider using the STAR approach when formulating your answers - describe the Situation, what your Task was, how you Approached it and what the Result was.
  • If you are applying for two positions, please ensure your application covers your suitability for both.
  • Have a look at the current Strategic Advisory Teams members to see the range of people we have recruited in the past.

If you require further information on the vacancies, the work of the Strategic Advisory Teams or on the recruitment process, please email

Selection Process

Step 1

Applications will be assessed internally against the essential criteria. A shortlist of candidates for each theme will be made, determined by how well the candidate meets all the essential criteria in the person specification. Assessment is based on the evidence provided in the application. Applications are anonymised for this step.

Step 2

Vacancies will be filled from the shortlists with consideration to the following:

  • Provision of an appropriate balance of expertise across all SAT appointments.
  • Ensuring a gender balance in line with our ambition of achieving at least 30% participation of the underrepresented gender across all advisory teams, and an ethnicity balance in line with our ambition of achieving at least 20% ethnic minority representation across all advisory teams.
  • Diversity of organisational affiliation and across the UK’s regions and nations.

This step of the recruitment process will consider the balance across the emerging membership and may, where candidates are of equal merit, take positive action to prioritise candidates based on gender and ethnic minority underrepresentation. Individual diversity data requested during the application will be used solely in this step. Heads of Theme will also seek to achieve an appropriate distribution across career stages.

In addition, where an existing Strategic Advisory Team Chair is standing down, a recommendation for this position will be made by the Head of Theme, acting on behalf of the Executive.

Step 3

A sub-committee of Council, the Appointments Assurance Committee, will be asked to ratify that the appropriate processes have been followed by the Executive prior to appointment of Strategic Advisory Team members.

Step 4

Once ratification has taken place, communications will be sent to both unsuccessful and successful applicants. This is expected to be in December 2021.


Application form