Strategic Advisory Bodies

Vacancies are currently open for EPSRC strategic advisor teams and will close on 31st July 2020. See this link for more information.

Science, Engineering and Technology Board (SETB)

EPSRC are recruiting members to the new Science, Engineering and Technology Board from across our stakeholder groups to provide advice and guidance on the scientific, engineering, and technology aspects of our portfolio.

Applications for the SETB should be made through the application form below before 16:00 on 29 November 2019.

Please see below and in the recruitment pack found at the bottom of this page for more information.


The Science, Engineering and Technology Board provides the EPSRC Executive with advice and guidance on the scientific, engineering, and technology aspects of our portfolio. The role of the board is to use scientific and technological insight to identify and champion bold new research challenges at the cutting edge of engineering and physical sciences to address long term challenges and for future investment.

This advice stream is highly important to EPSRC within the context of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). EPSRC needs ever more timely advice in order to adapt and react to the new landscape, funding streams and in preparing for Delivery Planning and Spending Reviews.

EPSRC are looking to recruit up to 10 members in this exercise, with a diverse range of expertise and experience in research and innovation from across EPSRC’s stakeholder groups, including, academia, business and the third sector. The Board will include an appropriate balance of expertise from different organisations (and career stages) as well as reflecting a diverse mix of individuals and backgrounds.

Role and person specification

Applications are sought from candidates who can bring a broad strategic view and act as ‘generous generalists’, advising EPSRC on the scientific, engineering, and technology aspects of our portfolio. 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.

The specific requirements sought in the person specification are:
  • An excellent record for your career stage in conducting, leading or directing internationally respected research in an academic or other research intensive environment;
  • A record of working in a flexible and adaptable multi-stakeholder environment with EPSRC, other UKRI councils or similar organisations to develop, test and provide strategic advice on long term priorities for science, engineering or technology (e.g. horizon scanning or analysing evidence about future trends in the academic, business and/or public sectors);
  • Experience of representing the views of the research, innovation and business community, and facilitating two-way communication between the community and EPSRC, other research councils or similar organisations;
  • Willingness to dedicate sufficient time to the role, and backing/support from your organisation. Please refer to the terms of reference.


We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities, and encourage applications from women, those with a disability, members of minority ethnic groups, and other groups who are currently under-represented on EPSRC’s boards.

We would particularly hope to continue improving the gender balance of the boards in keeping with EPSRC's overall goal of achieving at least 40% participation of women (as the underrepresented group) in EPSRC strategic bodies.

EPSRC has developed guidelines to highlight the support available to researchers with caring responsibilities, which are available here.


Appointments to the SETB will usually be for up to four years, with extensions only in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Executive. All appointments will begin with effect from 1st April 2020.

Formal SETB meetings take place up to four times a year. In addition, the SETB works flexibly with EPSRC throughout the year to provide advice as requested by the Executive. It is expected that SETB members will need to commit between 4 and 10 days to SETB work per year.

Every effort will be made to support remote participation to SETB activities, if this is appropriate, and to take into account part-time working. EPSRC has developed guidelines to highlight the support available to researchers with caring responsibilities, which are available here. Members are paid a fee for each activity they are involved with and, when attending meetings in person, are reimbursed for travel and subsistence expenses.

Application process

Applications for the SETB should be made through the application form (see below) before 16:00 on 29 November 2019.

Applications are sought from individuals who feel they are able to meet the requirements set out above. There are four parts to the application:

  • Applicant details: Basic information and contact details, including title, name, current position, organisation, telephone number and email address.
  • Skills, knowledge and experience: Questions which capture why you would be suitable as a member of the SETB, based on the selection criteria.
  • Curriculum Vitae: A CV (no longer than 2 A4 pages) containing details of your professional qualifications, research, work experience, and/or other relevant experience to date.
  • Equal Opportunities information: EPSRC operates a policy of equality and fair treatment. We aim to ensure that all applications are treated fairly, regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or disability. To help us achieve this aim the information from this section helps us to monitor the effectiveness of our policy. Individuals are asked to supply equal opportunities information which is not seen by the Selection Committee.

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (EU) (GDPR), the personal information provided on this form will specifically be used for the purpose of administering this form and aggregated anonymised data will be used for the purposes of monitoring our advisory and decision making bodies. Analysis of the information will be viewed by EPSRC staff only and personal information will not be used for any other purpose without your specific consent.

For further information on how your information will be used, how we maintain the security of your information, and your rights to access information we hold on you, please contact the UK Research and Innovation Information Rights Team.

The closing date for applications is 16:00 on 29 November 2019. We anticipate a large response so we will expect applicants to strictly adhere to the text limitations set out in the application form. If it is considered necessary we will approach candidates for further information and/or clarification.

Selection process

The selection process will consist of two steps:

Step 1 - A shortlist of recommended candidates will be developed by the Executive.  Candidates will be assessed against the essential criteria internally at EPSRC. The following will be considerations when making appointments:

  1. Match to the essential criteria in the person specification, based solely on the evidence provided;
  2. Out of applications meeting the essential criteria, steps will be taken to ensure diversity of membership from across EPSRC’s stakeholder groups, with a balance of expertise and institutional representation, and a gender balance in line with our ambition of achieving at least 40% participation of the underrepresented gender across EPSRC advisory bodies.

Step 2 - A sub-committee of Council, the Appointments Assurance Committee (AAC), will be asked to check that the appropriate processes have been followed by the Executive prior to appointment of SETB members.

The outcomes of the selection process will be announced following step 2; by at least the end of February 2020.


If you require further information on the vacancies or the work of the SETB, please contact:

Dr Sinead Balgobin
Senior Manager – Governance & Planning Team
Tel: 01793 444 349