[ES_JOBS_NET] Senior Science & Innovation Officer, British Consulates - Chicago and Atlanta (2 openings)

Victoria.Lee at fco.gov.uk Victoria.Lee at fco.gov.uk
Sun Apr 24 11:50:45 MDT 2016

Two positions are available to join the UK Science & Innovation Network as a Senior Science & Innovation Officer, one opening each in Chicago and Atlanta.  Closing date for applications is Thursday May 5.

Links to apply, as well as text for the Chicago job ad (Atlanta is similar) are pasted below.

Chicago: https://fco.tal.net/vx/appcentre-ext/candidate/post/237/en-GB
Atlanta: https://fco.tal.net/vx/appcentre-ext/candidate/post/236/en-GB

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The Senior Science and Innovation (S&I) Officer, based at the British Consulate-General, Chicago, is a key role in the UK's Science and Innovation Network (SIN), a global UK government initiative to ensure that the UK benefits from high-quality relationships on science and innovation with 28 countries around the world.

The objectives of the global S&I network are:

  *   Influence science and innovation policies of governments, industry and academia to benefit the UK
  *   Improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges
  *   Stimulate strategic science collaborations to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals
  *   Harness international technology partnerships and investment to grow UK innovation capabilities

The Senior S&I Officer in Chicago is a member of the 14-person SIN team in the US, and reports to the Regional Director, Science and Innovation (Boston-based). The role-holder will be the sole S&I officer covering the Chicago Consulate district, working closely with Consulate teams (Consul General, Trade & Investment, Press & Public Affairs), as well as with the SIN team across the US, to identify opportunities within the region. More information on the SIN team in the US can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/uk-science-and-innovation-network-in-the-usa.

The core objective of this position is to represent the UK's science and innovation interests in the Chicago Consulate district.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  *   Cultivating a strong understanding of S&I within the patch in order to proactively seek and stimulate opportunities for high-value collaboration to benefit the UK
  *   Responsibility for influencing and promoting UK interests as they pertain to a broad range of S&I sectors and topics (e.g. engineering, life sciences, energy, climate, innovation) across the southeast USA;
  *   Providing accurate and detailed information on policy, best practice and horizon-scanning in science, technology and innovation to inform UK stakeholders;
  *   Compiling and contributing to reports and briefs for UK stakeholders, including: Senior UK scientists, learned societies, UK policy makers, Government Ministers and Parliament;
  *   Managing projects and providing high-quality support for incoming UK visitors relating to science and innovation (e.g. Government ministers, senior Departmental officials, representatives from science/innovation funding agencies, universities);
  *   Contributing to broader British Consulate-General and SIN US initiatives and programmes in support of UK prosperity.
Essential qualifications and experience

  *   Self-starter with excellent organisational skills and a proven ability to work independently with little guidance and oversight in a fast-paced environment;
  *   Excellent writing and oral communication skills, able to produce clear, concise reports, and to present complex concepts to non-expert audiences;
  *   Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop a wide range of high-level contacts within academia, industry, government;
  *   Reliable, positive and effective team player with a track record working in multi-site, multi-disciplinary teams and delivering results through collaboration;
  *   Bachelor's Degree in science or related field;
  *   At least 6-8 years experience in a science, innovation or related field; fewer years of experience will be considered for candidates with advanced degrees or exceptional, relevant experience;
  *   Demonstrated enthusiasm for science, emerging technologies, science policy and the internationalisation of science;

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.gov.uk/government/world/usa<http://www.gov.uk/government/world/usa>. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts.
Desirable qualifications and experience

  *   Advanced degree (Masters or PhD level) preferred;
  *   Knowledge of UK science and innovation strengths and capabilities is a plus.

Victoria E. Lee, Ph.D.
Head of Science & Innovation
British Consulate-General, San Francisco

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