May 18, 2020

Job Posting

Policy and research manager

Sense about Science – London, UK
Date added: May 18, 2020 Application deadline: May 26, 2020 Contract type: permanent Hours: full-time Salary: GBP38,000-GBP45,000

Sense about Science is an independent charity that champions the public interest in sound science and ensures evidence is recognised in public life and policy making.

The role

The role will deliver Sense about Science’s policy activity including Transparency of Evidence, Evidence Week in the UK parliament, and our responsive work, eg on Covid-19, standards of evidence, scientific advice, applications of AI and AllTrials.

Key roles and responsibilities

Specific duties include:

  • Planning and delivering our annual Evidence Week, including main point of contact within parliament and among the research and evidence community
  • Promoting government awareness of our Transparency of Evidence framework and following its applications by different agencies in the UK and internationally
  • Monitoring policy issues related to our work, particularly on the use of evidence and its reliability
  • Preparing responses to formal consultations and to emerging policy issues in the UK and internationally
  • Organising research, briefing and preparing material for the director
  • Fundraising, and sourcing and securing policy partnerships
  • Line managing our research and campaigns officer and the work of other staff as required
  • Giving talks, writing articles, and representing Sense about Science at meetings.

Experience and skills

The ideal candidate will read Politico for enjoyment, and will have:

  • A strong connection with our mission and want to advance it, willing to knock on an unfamiliar door and work out the best way to get through it
  • Good judgement, analytical and negotiating skills, and a well-tested ability to prioritise and to identify challenges
  • A good degree – with research experience or a postgraduate qualification in a subject in the natural or social sciences.
  • Experience of forging and maintaining strong working relationships with research and interest groups and policy makers
  • A demonstrable ability to produce persuasive, concise communications suited to policy audiences, and for wider discussion.
  • A very friendly manner, along with flexibility, enthusiasm and initiative.

Other relevant information

If you don’t have a CV that matches all these requirements but you are absolutely convinced you are right for the post, feel free to write to us to make the case.

There is great scope in this job to develop the role and make it your own.

Interviews will be held on 3 and 4 June and all shortlisted candidates will hear by 29 May.

Please note that we will not be able to notify those candidates who have not been shortlisted.

To apply please email [email protected] with a one-page letter and a 2 page max CV, by 9am on 26 May.