Senior International Programme Manager

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Swindon, Wiltshire
September 01 2017
Other, Science Policy
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About Us

BBSRC ensures that bioscience research makes a positive difference for the UK and globally.  Many of the scientific and policy challenges are critically important for BBSRC and have an international and European dimension. This means that developing partnerships is a key part of BBSRC’s Strategy. Within the International Relations Unit, our aim is to ensure that the UK remains a world leader in the biosciences and that academic research, industrial R&D and the UK economy benefit from the increasing scientific activity across the globe. We promote international links at the policy level and between researchers and we work in collaboration with other Research Councils and UK stakeholders in many of our international activities.

BBSRC has a leading role in a new research infrastructure project EMPHASIS, a European infrastructure for plant phenotyping ( EMPHASIS will establish a world class integrated research infrastructure linking to investments and activities in plant and crop phenotyping in the UK, addressing a core area in BBSRC portfolio and contributing to the major grand challenges of food security and climate change which face our society today.

About the role

You will play a key role in helping shape the UK landscape of research infrastructures in plant phenotyping and its position in Europe and internationally. You will be a motivated and collaborative individual and enjoy the challenge of making things happen in a fast-moving field. As part of the development of the infrastructure at European and international scale, you will identify the UK interests and specific UK requirements for a national infrastructure.

You will work with colleagues and external stakeholders and define current national and future requirements (e.g. resources and capital) in plant phenotyping, through mapping and gap analysis. In doing this, you will take into account BBSRC strategic priorities and the rapidly evolving research landscape and provide the evidence for future decision-making.

Main job activities will include:

  • scope a potential UK national infrastructure for plant phenotyping, including infrastructure, resource and participating institutions
  • lead on organisation of UK specific meetings, workshops etc. which will help inform development of EMPHASIS and the UK national infrastructure
  • represent BBSRC interests in EMPHASIS at relevant meetings within the UK, potential project meetings internationally and contribute to wider aspects of the project
  • provide support to other related activities such as preparing briefings, communication and dissemination.

About you

It is essential that you have a degree in a biological or-related subject and/or previous relevant experience.

You will have the capacity to progress a varied workload against tight deadline and the ability to think strategically.

You must have good interpersonal and organisational skills, including strong liaison, networking and negotiation skills.

Strong, effective communication skills, both orally and in writing are required for this role.

You will be an effective team worker, able to collaborate and provide support to colleagues, to develop good working relationships with others and to work flexibly and effectively on own initiative.

It is desirable that you have a PhD or Masters Degree in a life sciences subject and/or previous relevant experience.

Experience of delivering strategy is also desirable but not essential.

An understanding of the purpose of international collaborations, knowledge of the European Commission’s Framework Programme and of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures is recommended.

How to apply

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services (UKSBS). To apply please visit our job board at and submit your CV detailing your educational and professional background and a covering letter (no more than two pages) outlining how your experience meets the criteria described within this advertisement with your reasons for applying to BBSRC.

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote reference number IRC242430.

Closing Date: 27th September 2017

The BBSRC welcomes applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, grounds of gender, disability, age, race/ethnicity, religion or philosophical belief or sexual orientation.