EPSRC seeks applicants for Strategic Advisory Teams

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is welcoming applications for membership of its Strategic Advisory Teams (SATs). Positions are open on the following SATs: e-Infrastructure, Engineering, Healthcare Technologies, Information and Communication Technology, Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences.

SATs advise EPSRC on research and training strategy across different areas within our remit, as well as being a direct link between EPSRC and the research community. SAT members should be able to provide a general overview of the theme as a whole; rather than giving advice solely on their area of expertise.

EPSRC is seeking applications from respected industrialists, academics, users of research and individuals working in the third sector and government organisations, whose role is focused on managing the use of academic research to deliver innovation, economic growth or societal change. EPSRC is committed to a policy of equal opportunities, and encourages applications from women, those with a disability, members of minority ethnic groups, and other groups who are currently under-represented on EPSRC’s boards.

The recruitment process for SAT applications is open until 16.00 on Friday, 31 July 2020. Applications will be through an online form (see below).

Appointed SAT members will begin their membership in January 2021. Their appointment will last for three years, with the possibility of an extension for up to a further three years. SAT members are paid a fee for each activity they are involved in and are reimbursed for travel and subsistence expenses when attending meetings. EPSRC also provides additional support for those with caring responsibilities to enable full participation in meetings. EPSRC may host meetings virtually or facilitate a mixed attendance meeting (physical and virtual attendance).

Commenting on what SAT membership entails, Dr Ruth Mallors-Ray OBE, former Chair of EPSRC's Engineering SAT, said:

“A SAT member is an individual who, whilst a specialist in one area, is able to see beyond that specialism and act as an independent contributor to the work of the EPSRC. A SAT member listens to the work of EPSRC and then offers challenges or insights to the process of the work.

The SAT member often looks at the recommendations of EPSRC or the strategies of EPSRC and asks questions such as: how have you arrived at this recommendation? Have you been universal in your application of approach, so that the outcomes and recommendations have been arrived at through research, analysis and evidence gathering? A SAT member needs to be open to broader consensus across strategic thinking for EPSRC.”

Commenting on the benefits of being a SAT member, Physical Sciences SAT member Dr Raechelle D’Sa said:

My work with the Physical Sciences SAT has helped me understand how research councils work and understand the processes around funding. 

The role has allowed me to be a conduit between the research council and the wider science community, giving me the opportunity to talk to the sector about change and the direction of the future research landscape.

Perhaps most importantly, the role also gives me a voice on critical decisions and allowed me to champion issues that I feel strongly about. It is those discussions that have a significant impact on the wider community.” 

If you are interested in becoming a SAT member, please read the link below for more information: