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Call for Bioscience Skills and Careers Postdoctoral Researcher Subgroup members

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The Bioscience Skills and Careers Strategy Advisory Panel (BSC) has received input from a Bioscience Skills and Careers Postdoctoral Researcher Subgroup since March 2013. Membership of the subgroup is currently being refreshed to ensure it continues to have the necessary skills and expertise to provide input into topics highlighted by the subgroup’s recently updated terms of reference.


BBSRC is looking to appoint eight postdocs to the subgroup. Applications are sought from postdocs working in academia, including those based in research institutions, as well as those in government laboratories or industry. Applicants based in academia should be working on BBSRC-funded projects, while those in industry should be working for a company with which BBSRC has an existing relationship, and/or who were supported by BBSRC during their PhD.

The desired attributes of postdoctoral researchers sought are described below. Please note that it is not expected that all of the experiences and attributes sought will be found in each individual member; having gaps in these should not therefore prevent potential applicants from applying.

  • Personal effectiveness
    • Is empowered to use their own initiative and empowers others to do the same
    • Plans effectively and realistically
    • Keeps to commitments made: explains when they cannot be met
    • Prioritises well - balances importance and urgency to deliver what is required on time.
  • Communication
    • Communicates effectively and flexibly, varying style for audience, setting and level in the organisation
    • Is able to persuade and influence
    • Seeks and respects other people’s opinions and perspectives - is open to suggestions
    • Deals assertively and fairly with disagreement, conflict and challenge
    • Is receptive to and open to feedback
    • Puts across difficult concepts simply, concisely and clearly.
  • Working with others (collaborating and partnering)
    • Is able to build networks with stakeholders from a range of sectors
    • Shows respect for all stakeholders
    • Is confident and professional when dealing with different stakeholders
    • Promotes collaboration and cross functional working.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 7 August 2017, 16:00.

Before you apply please read our Bioscience Skills and Careers Postdoctoral Researcher Subgroup page and vision for postdoctoral researchers. If you have any questions about the work of the subgroup or the role of the postdoc members, please contact

To apply please complete the application form (see application downloads below) and return it to If required you can alternatively return a paper copy of your application, please let us know if you wish to do this.

Application downloads

BSC Postdoctoral Researcher Subgroup - application form (DOCX 148KB)

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The application form requests:

  • personal information (e.g. name, organisation, contact details, area of research)
  • diversity information
  • a personal statement
    • applicants should describe how their experience, expertise and career path to date mean they have the attributes sought in subgroup members.
  • your answer to the following:
    • why do you want to join the postdoc subgroup and what do you think you can bring to the role?
    • what do you think is the greatest challenge currently facing postdoctoral researchers in the UK?
  • details of your involvement in any relevant advisory, strategic, policy, assessment or similar groups, panels, boards or committees.

As approved by our Appointments Board, applications to the subgroup will be assessed by the Chair of the subgroup, the Chair of BSC, and the Head of our Skills and Careers Unit. Candidates will be assessed against the above stated attributes and the expertise and experience sought in members as described on the postdoc researcher subgroup webpage. Appointments will be offered based on this assessment, the need to balance the overall expertise of the subgroup, the need to maintain a diversity of institutions represented (no two postdocs will be appointed from the same organisation), and the need to ensure appointments to the subgroup are balanced and in line with our equality, diversity and inclusion policy.

Equality and diversity

We recognise that diverse ideas, experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are fundamental to successful science and innovation and we are committed to ensuring that our committees, panels and boards are inclusive, diverse, and representative of our community. We are committed to the principle of providing equal opportunities for all. We are keen to obtain more diversity in our appointments so would welcome applications from a range of candidates from all backgrounds. Applications from women, those with a disability, and members of minority ethnic groups are especially welcome. For more information see the associated equality and inclusion impact assessment.

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