Council Members sought for Medical Research…

The Medical Research Council was set up in 1913 to administer public funding for medical research and was incorporated under its Royal Charter in 1920 for the promotion of medical research. It is a non-departmental public body principally funded through the Science Budget by the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS). The MRC works in partnership with the other UK Research Councils and research charities and with the Office of Strategic Coordination for Health Research (OSCHR), the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and the health departments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to deliver a single integrated strategy for health research across the UK.

Council is the MRC’s governing body; it directs and oversees corporate policy and scrutinises performance. Council decides on issues of major importance including issues of corporate strategy, key strategic objectives and targets, and major decisions involving the use of financial and other resources.   

Person Specification

Applications are sought for four vacancies on the MRC’s Council.

Two vacancies are for members with scientific expertise, for which the successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • a well-regarded track record in the relevant sector;
  • experience of strategy development;
  • ability to exercise judgement across a broad spectrum of strategy, policy and research issues;
  • a vision of the priorities and opportunities across medical research as a whole;
  • effective leadership skills, to command the respect of the academic community, clinicians, or industrialists;
  • willingness to engage with the Government’s research landscape reforms.

One vacancy is for a lay member, open to senior figures with expertise in business, the National Health Service or health care community, charity sector, ethics, the law or public bodies relevant to health.The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Relevant experience within an appropriate sector, and active professional networks;
  • An ability to exercise judgement across a broad spectrum of strategy, policy and research issues;
  • Effective leadership skills An ability able to command the respect of the academic community, clinicians, or industrialists;
  • Willingness to engage with the Government’s research landscape reforms.

The fourth vacancy is for a member with industrial research and development experience and expertise. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • a well-regarded academic or research track record in the relevant sector;
  • relevant industrial experience within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or other health-related R&D sectors;
  • an understanding of the process of bringing scientific discoveries to market;
  • ability to exercise judgement across a broad spectrum of policy, advocacy and R&D, production or manufacturing issues;
  • a vision of the priorities and opportunities across medical research as a whole;
  • leadership skills, and an ability to take part in difficult discussions with energy and diplomacy. S/he should be able to command the respect of the academic community, clinicians, and industrialists;
  • Willingness to engage with the Government’s research landscape reforms.
Remuneration: £6,850 per annum, plus reasonable expenses
Time Requirements: 20 – 25 days per annum
Closing Date: 19/07/2016

Full details of the job descriptions and person specifications can be found in the attached applicant pack.

How to Apply

Please submit you application by email in the first instance to:publicappointmentsatpog@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV (including nationality, education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities)
  • A covering letter demonstrating evidence of your ability to meet the criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria.
  • The completed Political Activity, Conflict of Interest and Diversity Monitoring questionnaire
Attachments
MRC NED Applicants Pack_final

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