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Call for applications for European Committee for Future Accelerators

STFC invites application to fill in three positions for accelerator and particle physicists to represent the UK at ECFA, the European Committee for Future Accelerators. The positions are for a 3-year term, renewable. Candidates will be put forward by STFC, in consultation with the current UK ECFA members, and will endorsed by the plenary ECFA assembly in November 2020.

ECFA's aim is to assist in the long-term planning of European high-energy physics and accelerator facilities and to encourage international collaboration. ECFA is advisory to CERN Management, Council, its committees and other organisations.

ECFA members are delegated by their countries while attending as individuals.  The UK currently has 3 active members and an agreement by ECFA plenary to extend this to 6. Candidates for this role should have an overview and interest in the status, development and perspectives of particle physics, its accelerators and detectors, in the UK, Europe and beyond. They will have been or now wish to be engaged in developments for the future of these areas. They will be able to assess relevant developments in one or various areas of ECFA's activity, and are able to operate in the international context of ECFA.

Further information can be obtained from the ECFA terms of reference: https://ecfa.web.cern.ch/content/terms-reference

Important information:

The deadline for applications to this call is 05 October 2020, 11.45pm GMT
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The STFC contact for this call is Sarah Verth (sarah.verth@stfc.ukri.org)

Criteria:

• An understanding of particle physics, accelerators and detectors, in the UK, Europe and beyond.

• Domain expertise and evidence of a first-class record in conducting and leading internationally respected research or evidence of applying frontier science research (for example in particle physics, nuclear physics, particle astrophysics, accelerator programmes) within the public, private or third sectors.

• Evidence of providing advice at a strategic level e.g. policy documents, strategic or peer review capacity; managing R&D and/or research and resource investments; expert groups; liaison roles; panels etc.

• Experience of working across international boundaries, particularly with regards to research collaborations.

A willingness to travel and act as an advocate for the UK research community.

Application form for ECFA is available here

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Call for Applications to STFC Advisory Bodies and Peer Review Panels, 2020 is now closed.

We would like to thank all candidates for their interest in STFC panel membership. This year we have received 228 applications.

Please Note that due to the COVID 19 situation we are not able to provide you with the exact time frame when you most likely to hear about the selection outcomes, however we aim to notify all applicants as soon as possible.

The next Call is expected to be announced in 2021.

 

Every year, a number of vacancies become available on STFC's advisory bodies and peer review panels. These bodies perform a vital function for STFC, providing advice and guidance that aids our strategic direction and supports our decision-making processes.  

Members of our advisory bodies and panels have the opportunity to influence STFC’s strategy, policies, and funding decisions, as well as guiding STFC to most effectively develop the societal impact of our investments and best support our research and innovation communities. Members will also be able to expand their professional networks and explore a wide range of challenges related to investment in UK science and engineering.   

We are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). In addition to our broader UKRI position on EDI, STFC continues to develop a range of measures and objectives around EDI. The diversity of our panels is one of our key foci. We would like to encourage everyone to consider this opportunity. We would also urge colleagues to share these details with everyone in their networks and teams – including any specific diversity networks that exist within your institution.

We have specific diversity targets in relation to the representation of women on our panels, where we expect a minimum of 30% representation.

We are starting to collect other diversity related information, to understand whether our panels are more broadly representative and to inform any future action we might take in this area. We therefore encourage all applicants to share information about themselves. This information will be anonymised and aggregated and only analysed internally, to protect individual identity.

We are also highlighting the opportunity for early career candidates to apply for certain vacancies. This has been clearly indicated in the text for specific panels. We believe this will further help us improve the diversity of membership. As general guidance an early career researcher is often defined as someone who has completed their highest level of academic qualification within the last ten years (excluding any career breaks).

  • All applicants should apply directly.
  • We encourage research communities to share these opportunities with their networks and colleagues, to apply directly. Please pass on the weblink https://stfc.ukri.org/membershipcall.
  • The internal selection process has been reviewed and changed to ensure the fairness of the transparent process and ED&I objectives.

The specific requirements for each vacancy are clearly listed, and all applications will be assessed via an appropriate review process, according to the listed requirements.  

We are seeking applications from academia, government, industry and ‘third sector’ communities (including charities) relevant to STFC’s grant programmes, and from the communities supported by STFC facilities. Submissions from scientists who are STFC employees are also welcome. Irrespective of career stage, members of STFC advisory panels and peer review bodies are expected to have in-depth knowledge of their disciplinary remits, a clear track record of achievement, and a good understanding of the wider UK and international context in their field.  

This is an annual call and, as a result, membership may commence at different times. For all committees, members will be appointed for three years unless otherwise stated. Please note, you can make a self-application only.

How to apply

Applicant guidance and FAQs

Testimonies from members of STFC panels

The closing date for applications was Tuesday 30 June 2020

If you require any further information, please contact Natalia Sengkudduvan.

On May 23, starting at 9am PT (4pm UTC) you won’t be able to access the application form for approximately 8 hours due to scheduled site maintenance.

We are committed to helping you with the application and appointment processes and have tried to make the information clear and accessible. Please view our Handbook for Members of STFC's Advisory bodies which will help you to understand our expectations of a panel member. The handbook also includes useful information on other topics such as equality and diversity, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and our policy on travel, subsistence and meeting fees.

The list of current STFC Advisory Bodies and Peer Review Panels is available here

We will be grateful to hear your feedback and ideas. Please send your comments on the membership call application process to Natalia Sengkudduvan

STFC panels with vacancies in the 2020 call

Accelerator Advisory Panel (AccAP) (NEW)
Astronomy Advisory Panel (AAP)
Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) Panel
Computing Advisory Panel (CAP)
DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee
Gravitational Waves Grants Panel (NEW)
Education Training and Careers Committee
Ernest Rutherford Fellowship
Industry and Business Partnership Board
Industrial CASE Studentships Panel
Innovation Board
Innovations Partnership Scheme Panel (IPS)
Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel
Nuclear Physics Advisory Panel (NPAP)
Particle Physics Advisory Panel (PPAP)
Particle Physics Grants Panel (PPGP) (Theory and Experimental)
Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel (PS&EAP)
Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP), including Project Management
Science Board 
Solar System Advisory Panel (SSAP)  
Stephen Hawking Fellowship
UKRI Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) Panels within the STFC Remit

The list of the STFC panels which are also available for early career applicants:

Accelerator Advisory Panel (AccAP)
Astronomy Advisory Panel (AAP)
Gravitational Waves Grants Panel
Computing Advisory Panel (CAP)
DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee
Education Training and Careers Committee
Ernest Rutherford Fellowship
Industry and Business Partnership Board
Industrial CASE Studentships Panel
Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel
Nuclear Physics Advisory Panel (NPAP)
Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel (PS&EAP)
Science Board
Solar System Advisory Panel (SSAP)
Stephen Hawking Fellowship

Panels accepting applications from industry

Accelerator Advisory Panel (AccAP)
Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) Panel 
Computing Advisory Panel (CAP)
DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee
Education Training and Careers Committee
Industry and Business Partnership Board
Industrial CASE Studentships Panel
Innovation Board
Innovation Partnership Scheme Panel 
Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel
Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel (PS&EAP)
Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP), including Project Management
UKRI Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) Panels within the STFC Remit

STFC Oversight Committees recruitment in the 2020 call:

AWAKE Run-2 Oversight Committee
Gravitational Wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) Oversight Committee
GridPP6 Oversight Committee
HL-LHC-UK Phase-II Oversight Committee
LBNF/DUNE PIP-II Oversight Committee
LBNF/DUNE Target Oversight Committee
UK Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) Steering Committee
Wide-Field Astronomy Units Oversight Committee

Available vacancies on the STFC panels in 2020:

Accelerator Advisory Panel (AccAP) (NEW)

The STFC Advisory Panels report to Science Board, providing a route for consultation and interaction with the community. The panels draft and maintain a roadmap describing current and future activities and research opportunities in their areas and provide input to strategic reviews when required.

As a newly established advisory panel, there are currently 12 vacancies available. Membership will begin in October 2020, with appointments for three years.

The primary focus of AccAP will be the accelerator science programme funded by STFC Programmes Directorate. AccAP activities will be coordinated with those undertaken by the recently appointed STFC-wide Technology and Accelerator Advisory Board.

Applications are invited across all areas of accelerator science, but we would particularly welcome applicants with experience and expertise in energy frontier machines, novel acceleration, light sources and related industry or accelerator science technology applications. Whilst prior experience of working on similar panels is desirable, applications from early career researchers or equivalent are also encouraged.

Members of AccAP should demonstrate expertise in the strategy, planning, and evaluation of research programmes, and understand the UK and international landscape.

STFC invites applications to join its panels and committees on an annual basis. For further information on AccAP, please contact Dave Brown.

Astronomy Advisory Panel (AAP)

The UKRI - STFC Advisory Panels report to STFC Science Board, providing a route for consultation and interaction with the community.  The panels draft and maintain roadmaps describing current and future research opportunities in their areas.

The Astronomy Advisory Panel anticipates one vacancy arising in the next 12 months.  We welcome applicants from the UK astronomy community covering all aspects of astronomy particularly those with stellar expertise.  

Applicants should also have an understanding of the national and international contexts relating to this field and be able to demonstrate skills in communication, team-working and strategic thinking.  The membership term is nominally a three-year appointment.  All applications will be assessed based on UKRI-STFC panel recruitment guidelines.

For further information, please contact Michelle Cooper.

Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) Panel

The STFC Programmes Directorate runs a range of funding schemes supporting the commercialisation of STFC funded science. CLASP is designed to advance technology and expertise developed through STFC core funding applied to a specific challenge area e.g. Healthcare, the Environment, Energy or Security. Applications will have a commercialisation and/or societal benefit focus and will normally have a partner coming from either industry or end users/regulators.

The scheme is currently run as a two-stage process (expression of interest and full stage) with one round of funding available per year. In 2021 the challenge areas were determined to be Healthcare and Energy.

Further information on the schemes can be found through the STFC website

There are currently four vacancies for panel members on CLASP. The duration of the membership is normally for three years but to ensure expertise in specific challenge areas, panel members may be appointed for one year. Panel members are required from both academia and industry and specific expertise in healthcare, energy and nuclear physics are required. Due to the nature and range of proposals submitted, a wide technical knowledge over STFCs science areas is preferred although previous panel membership is not required. We welcome applicants with experience of industry, commercialisation and societal impact projects.

The panel members are asked to: 

  • Develop and maintain a reasonable level of knowledge of the science areas and strategy of STFC and future opportunities 
  • Asses and make recommendations on grant applications received against the call for CLASP.  
  • Consult and interact with the community, and feedback to STFC as appropriate to provide a route for communication 
  • Provide advice to the programme manager in relation to CLASP and other KE activities as requested 
  • Attend twice yearly panel meetings  
  • Comment on and/or make recommendations regarding any other business or partnership applications as required 
  • Liaise with other panel members or advisory panels if/when appropriate 
  • Demonstrate skills: team-working, understanding and applying effective communication to problem-solving, listening; participating and balancing views, arguments, and interests of other participants, providing constructive resolutions; to be able to acknowledge contributions and suggestions of others.  

CLASP Selection Criteria

  • Experience of working with both industry, academia, and societal/government sectors (essential)
  • Knowledge of/expertise in at least one of the CLASP Challenge areas (Energy, Healthcare, Environment and Security) (essential)
  • Knowledge of STFC funding mechanisms, and being confident in providing strategic advice to STFC on the scope of the schemes(essential)
  • Knowledge of/expertise in at least one of the core STFC science areas (Particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics, accelerator science, space science, or computing in support of these) (desirable)
  • Experience of working on a funding panel (desirable)

For further information on the Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) Advisory Panel please contact Ed Mansfield.

Computing Advisory Panel (CAP)

The STFC Advisory Panels report to Science Board, providing a route for consultation and interaction with the community. The panels draft and maintain a roadmap describing current and future activities and research opportunities in their areas and provide input to strategic reviews when required.

There are currently five vacancies available. Membership will begin in October 2020, with appointments for three years.

Application are invited across all areas of STFC scientific computing and frontier science programmes but, we would particularly welcome applicants with user, industry, or EPSRC e-Infrastructure experience and expertise. Whilst prior experience of working on similar panels is desirable, applications from early career researchers or equivalent, are encouraged.

Members of CAP should demonstrate expertise in the strategy for, and management of, provision for computing resources (including data handling, data storage, software and hardware, skills, and developments in high performance and high throughput computing) and understand the UK and international landscape.

STFC invites applications to join its panels and committees on an annual basis. For further information on CAP, please contact Dave Brown.

DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee

DiRAC is the integrated supercomputing facility for theoretical modelling and HPC-based research in particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology, and nuclear physics, all areas in which the UK is world-leading.  The DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee makes an annual Call for Proposals inviting applications for computing time on the DiRAC facility. The RAC was established by STFC to review proposals and oversee the time allocation process. The RAC has two sub-panels, one for Particle Physics and Nuclear Theory and one for Astronomy and Cosmology, each of which consider the proposals within their respective remits. 

There is one vacancy available on the DiRAC RAC Particle Physics and Nuclear Theory Sub-Panel.  Expertise in Theoretical and Phenomenological Physics, and in particular theories of QCD and Higgs physics, Beyond the Standard Model, Supersymmetry and Composite Models would be welcomed.  Expertise in Nuclear Physics would also be welcomed.

There may also be some vacancies on the DiRAC RAC Astronomy and Cosmology Sub-Panel later this year. 

Membership of both Sub-Panels will begin on 01 October 2020 for three years.  Prior experience of working on similar Panels is desirable, however, we welcome early career academics, providing they can demonstrate suitable expertise.

The DiRAC RAC will: 

  • Assess applications for time allocations on the DiRAC facility, taking appropriate account of advice from external reviewers, and make recommendations to the STFC Executive.    
  • Aim to achieve the optimal use of DiRAC resources, taking into account the RAC assessment criteria, STFC strategic priorities and the need to balance resources across the different science areas, and the technical capabilities of the machines.   
  • Advise the STFC Executive on any issues related to DiRAC resource allocation policy and practice. 

Members of the DiRAC RAC should demonstrate expertise in Astronomy, Cosmology, Particle Physics and Nuclear Theory.

For further information, please contact Sarah Garlick.

Education Training and Careers Committee

Applications to the STFC Education Training and Careers Committee are invited. 

The Committee provides advice to STFC Council and the executive on strategy, policies and programme balance for all aspects of education and training relevant to the STFC core programme including studentships, fellowships, equality issues and career development of early career researchers. The Committee oversees the allocation of STFC Doctoral Training Partnerships, the peer review and award of fellowships and Industrial CASE studentships and the quality of training provided by these programmes. The Committee meets three times a year and members usually serve on the Fellowships panel at some point during their term.

This opportunity welcomes applicants from different career stages who can demonstrate the appropriate skills, expertise and experience. 

STFC are inviting applications from individuals with the following areas of expertise:

  • Astronomy Extra Galactic
  • Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Particle Physics Theory

Committee members will be expected, as a minimum, to be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to work constructively in the area of the Committee’s work
  • Able to meet the commitments and attendance requirements of the Committee
  • Achieving a balance across disciplines and experiments
  • Achieving a balance across institutions
  • Experience of assessing grant applications/peer review
  • Knowledge of PPAN science areas
  • Knowledge of the strategy of STFC
  • Team-working
  • Ability to adhere and contribute to Equality Impact Assessments of STFC policies and procedures, STFC equality and diversity strategy, including identifying barriers, finding solutions to broaden and maintain inclusion of under-represented groups in STFC activities

For further information, please contact Clare Heseltine.

Ernest Rutherford Fellowship

Applications to the Ernest Rutherford Fellowship Panel are invited.  Up to 10 Ernest Rutherford Fellowships are offered each year which provide five years of funding to outstanding researchers at an early stage of their career. The aim is to support future scientific leaders to establish a strong, independent research programme. 

Members of the Ernest Rutherford Panel may be asked to recommend appropriate expert peer reviewers, attend sift/prioritisation meetings and interview panels. 

This opportunity welcomes applicants from different career stages who can demonstrate the appropriate skills, expertise and experience. 

STFC are inviting applications from individuals with the following areas of expertise:

  • Particle physics and cosmology
  • Extra galactic
  • Near universe
  • Nuclear physics
  • Particle physics theory
  • Particle physics experiment

Panel members will be expected, as a minimum, to be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to work constructively in the area of the Panel’s work
  • Able to meet the commitments and attendance requirements of the Panel
  • Achieving a balance across disciplines and experiments
  • Achieving a balance across institutions
  • Experience of assessing grant applications/peer review
  • Knowledge of PPAN science areas
  • Knowledge of the strategy of STFC
  • Team-working
  • Experience of similar panel work
  • Skills in participating and balancing views, arguments, and interests of other participants

For further information, please contact Elaine Poole.

Gravitational Waves Grants Panel (NEW)

STFC is setting up a new standing panel to review support for gravitational waves.  The role of the panel will be to assess and make recommendations to the STFC executive for research awards in gravitational waves research.  The remit of the panel will cover detector R&D and development, operations and exploitation of suspended-mass laser interferometric gravitational wave detectors.  As a member you will work as part of a small panel and will gain an overview of the STFC gravitational wave programme, play a role in shaping this world leading programme and develop a greater understanding of the proposal writing and peer review process. 

We are looking to recruit 4 to 6 panel members with a range of expertise as follows:

  • Scientific expertise – astronomers potentially with expertise in gravitational wave astronomy
  • Detector R&D and development – preferably in precision instrumentation for astronomy instruments, but experience from other scientific areas welcome.
  • Data modelling and analysis for exploitation – preferably in an astronomy context, but experience from other scientific areas welcome.
  • Operations – experience of operating observatories/telescopes

Ideally you will not be a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, however if you are a member but expect not to benefit from/be conflicted with applications to the call, we will consider your application. 

For further information, please contact Jenny Hiscock.

Industrial CASE Studentships Panel

The STFC Industrial CASE (Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology) studentship competition provides support for PhD students to work in collaboration with a non-academic partner on projects that fall within the STFC core science programme in astronomy, particle physics, nuclear physics and accelerator science; or that aim to apply technologies or techniques developed within the programme into other areas. Projects involve joint supervision of the student by a member of staff at an academic Research Organisation or related institution and an employee of a non-academic organisation, such as a UK industrial firm, public sector organisation or charity (the non-academic partner).

The Industrial CASE and CASE Plus funding opportunities receive an average of 18 applications each year and the STFC award 3 studentships each year.  The applications are assessed by a small panel of experts from industry, astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics remits.  We welcome applications for experts with broad interdisciplinary knowledge or experience and potentially links with industry in all STFC remits and in particular those within the astronomy remit. 

The closing date for this year’s applications is 1 October 2020.  The applications and panel guidance are made available on an extranet site soon after the closing date.  The panel assess applications against the published criteria using a scoring/weighting system and we usually give four weeks to complete this by mid-November.  On receiving the panel’s scores an average is taken and the proposals ranked.  We schedule half a day teleconference/videoconference to discuss the applications and agree the final ranking in late November.  Once funding is approved by the STFC Executive we anticipate informing applicants of the outcome by the end of the year.  In recognition of the time taken to assess these proposals we pay committee fees.

Core/Essential Selection Criteria

  1. Able to meet the commitments and attendance requirements of the Panel.
  2. A balance across disciplines and experiments.
  3. Knowledge of PPAN science areas.
  4. Knowledge of the strategy of STFC.

Non Core/Desirable Selection Criteria

  1. Experience collaborating with industry.
  2. Experience of working with industry / producing impact from scientific projects. 
  3. Expertise in innovation, commercialisation, industrial / commercial R&D, and IP management and exploitation.

Panel Specific Selection Criteria

  1. Ability to adhere and contribute to Equality Impact Assessments of STFC policies and procedures, STFC equality and diversity strategy, including identifying barriers, finding solutions to broaden and maintain inclusion of underrepresented groups in STFC activities.
  2. Ability to participate in peer review of Studentship awards.

You will be able to find out more detailed information about the scheme on our CASE webpage.

For further information, please contact Susan Blackwell.

Industry and Business Partnership Board

The Science and Technology Facilities Council operates large science infrastructures on behalf of the UK at its National Science and Innovation Campuses at Harwell, SciTech Daresbury and the UKATC in Edinburgh. These National Laboratories serve a wide community of academic and industrial researchers from different sectors including space, pharmaceutical, advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare and electronics.

The Industry and Business Partnership Board aims to bring together leaders of major partners in industry to build and further strengthen the connections of STFC to businesses. Industry led, it will provide advice to STFC on growing and enhancing the industrial research use of the facilities. The Industry and Business Partnership Board will meet three times a year. The minutes of the meetings will be reported to STFC Council.

STFC is looking to recruit panel members for the Industry and Business Partnership Board. There are up to four vacancies available with the term of membership for two years commencing ~September 2020.

Selection criteria

It is intended that the Board will have representation from a variety of industry sectors, reflecting the broad spectrum of research carried out at STFC’s facilities. We are particularly interested in applicants with a background in the following sectors: Quantum, Batteries, Nuclear, Life Sciences, and Computational/AI. Members of the external advisory group will be selected based on the evidence provided against the following criteria:

  • Extensive experience at a senior level in an industrial research environment or working at the interface between industry and academia;
  • Proven ability to provide advice at a strategic level with the ability to exercise judgment across a broad spectrum of policy and research issues;
  • A knowledge of the role of the UK Research Infrastructure, and understanding of STFC’s programme and its priorities;
  • Awareness of the national and international (funding) landscape in which STFC operates;
  • A demonstrable ability to think and act strategically, and address difficult decisions across a broad spectrum of issues. Confident and well informed in debate.
  • Ability to quickly form positive working relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Ability to commit the necessary time and attention to the role and where appropriate, have the full support of their employer and organisation.

The Industry and Business Partnership Board will:

  • Provide advice and recommendations on the industry and business strategy for STFC;
  • Define and recommend an industrial engagement plan that is effective and efficient for all parties involved;
  • Define and recommend an appropriate means of articulating the benefits of engagement for ‘both sides’ including direct commercial facility use and the manufacturing supply chain feeding into STFC;
  • Define and recommend an engagement plan for three-way STFC/industry/ academia collaborations;
  • Review and capture global best practice with respect to industrial engagement by national facilities to inform strategy and engagement plans;
  • Maximise alignment to and leverage of funding mechanisms such as ISCF and other government funding initiatives and policy.

The Industry and Business Partnership Board has supplementary requirements to the recruitment process. In addition to the online application, candidates are required to submit their Curriculum Vitae (16MB, no more than 3 A4 pages). If you are shortlisted, you will be invited for the informal interview.

Timetable for appointment tbc.

If you have any questions, please contact dymphie.voortman@stfc.ac.uk

Innovation Board

The Science and Technology Facilities Council supports innovation opportunities arising from its research portfolio through the commercialisation of technologies, industrial use of the National Laboratories and the creation of innovation eco-systems on the National Science and Innovation Campuses at Sci-Tech Daresbury and Harwell. Strategic advice on the range of activities to deliver on the innovation goals set out in the Strategic Delivery Plan is provided by the Innovation Board which reports to STFC Council.

STFC is looking to recruit an independent non-executive advisory panel member to their Innovation Board. The term of membership will ordinarily be for two years, commencing in September 2020, with the possibility of reappointment. Members are asked to attend meetings up to four times a year with other business conducted via email. Please note these roles are not remunerated.

Applications are invited from individuals with substantial experience of research led, or industry led innovation and delivering new business derived at the intersection of academia and industry.

The Innovation Board will provide strategic advice on:

  • The content, balance and priorities of STFC’s existing innovation programmes;
  • Engaging with innovation activities across UKRI and new approaches to delivering innovation within STFC;
  • STFC’s participation in the research and innovation campuses at Harwell and Daresbury, and leadership of the innovation opportunities at these locations;
  • How STFC can capitalise on its expertise and experience in innovation, and how STFC’s contribution to innovation can best be promoted to stakeholders and Government;
  • Approaches to capturing, measuring and communicating the impact derived from innovation activities supported by STFC, both in the shorter term and longer term, including the criteria for success;
  • In addition, the Innovation Board is responsible for the Innovations Balance of Programmes exercise.

Selection criteria

It is intended that the Innovation Board will have representation from academia and industry, providing expertise across the range of Innovation activities. Members of the external advisory panel will be selected based on the evidence provided against the following criteria:

  • Extensive experience in a senior role working at the interface between industry and academia;
  • Proven ability to provide advice at a strategic level with the ability to exercise judgment across a broad spectrum of policy and research issues;
  • A knowledge of the role of STFC’s National Laboratories, and an understanding of STFC’s programme and its priorities;
  • Awareness of the national and international (funding) landscape in which STFC operates;
  • A demonstrable ability to think and act strategically and address difficult decisions across a broad spectrum of issues. Confident and well informed in debate.
  • Ability to quickly form positive working relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Ability to commit the necessary time and attention to the role and where appropriate, have the full support of their employer and organisation.

Innovation Board has supplementary requirements to the recruitment process. In addition to the online application, candidates are required to submit their Curriculum Vitae (16MB, no more than 3 A4 pages). If you are shortlisted, you will be invited for the informal interview.

If you have any questions, please contact Carly Lewis.

Innovation Partnership Scheme Panel

The STFC Programmes Directorate runs a range of funding schemes supporting the commercialisation of STFC funded science. IPS is designed to transfer technology and expertise developed through STFC funding to the marketplace in partnership with industry. Applications will have an innovation focus with technology coming from work previously or currently funded by the STFC core science programme (nuclear physics, particle physics & particle astrophysics, astronomy & space science, accelerators & computing in support of these). The IPS panel has an even split between members from industry and those with an academic background.

The Innovations Partnership Scheme (IPS) has three main strands: 

  • Follow on Funding is intended to provide financial support, at the very early or pre-seed stage e.g. supporting proof of concept work following on from STFC funded research, and last for a maximum of one year.
  • Full IPS projects, start at a higher TRL as proof of concept has normally been achieved and can run from one to a maximum of three years. There must be an industrial partner involved and project may include prototypes or technology development moving up the TRL levels.
  • IPS fellows are engaged in developing an institution’s capacity for knowledge exchange and commercialisation from STFC-funded research lasting up to four years. 

Further information on the schemes can be found through the STFC website

There are currently four vacancies on the IPS panel, two for those with industrial or governmental experience, and a further two from academia. The duration of the membership is for three years. Specifically, expertise in accelerator technology and computing are of interest, although applications are welcomed from all those with experience of working in or with industry. Applications have a wide technological range from applications so some experience of the broader STFC remit is also preferred.

The panel members are asked to: 

  • Develop and maintain a reasonable level of knowledge of the science areas and strategy of STFC and future opportunities 
  • Asses and make recommendations on grant applications received against the calls for IPS and Follow-on-Funding.  
  • Consult and interact with the community, and feedback to STFC as appropriate to provide a route for communication 
  • Provide advice to the programme manager in relation to KE activities as requested 
  • Attend at least twice-yearly panel meetings  
  • To comment on and/or make recommendations regarding any other business or partnership applications as required 
  • Liaise with other panel members or advisory panels if/when appropriate 
  • Demonstrate team-working: understanding and applying effective communication to problem-solving, listening; participating and balancing views, arguments, and interests of other participants, providing constructive resolutions; to be able to acknowledge contributions and suggestions of others.  

Selection Criteria

  • Experience of working with both industry and academia (essential)
  • Knowledge/understanding of STFC opportunities and Knowledge Exchange (essential)
  • Knowledge of/expertise in at least one of the core-STFC science areas (Particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics, accelerator science, space science, or computing in support of these) (desirable)
  • Experience of working on a funding panel (desirable)
  • Offer advice to STFC on the scope of the schemes

*If you would like to apply for IPS funding, please follow this link 

For further information on the Innovation Partnership Scheme (IPS) Advisory Panel please contact Ed Mansfield.

Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel (LS&SMAP)

The purpose of the Facility Advisory Panels is to provide a link between Science Board and the community and represent the needs of the community to STFC. There are two advisory panels in this area; the other being the Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel.

The remit of the panels is to:

  • Maintain an overview of activities within their research area as relevant to STFC, including relating to facility provision, both in the UK and internationally
  • Consult and interact with the community to ensure its views are canvassed and there is an appropriate and effective route for communication with STFC on strategic programmatic issues
  • Provide advice to Science Board on specific questions as requested
  • Liaise with other Advisory Panels when appropriate.

Examples of programmatic issues where the panel has been asked to provide advice include the UKRI infrastructure roadmap programme (in relation to the multidisciplinary facilities) and STFC reviews concerning or related to facility provision.

Panel membership is for a period of 3 years. There are six vacancies for panel members for terms to start on 1 September 2020. The panel has one face-to-face meeting annually (usually in January/February) and on occasion has other meetings (usually by videoconference) as business requires.

The selection criteria for panel membership are:

  • Familiarity with STFC’s national and international facilities (CLF, Diamond Light Source, ESRF, ESS, ILL, ISIS Neutron Source, XFEL) in the context of the life sciences and soft materials subject area (Essential)
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others (Essential)
  • Capability in maintaining a broad vision across all STFC facilities (Essential)
  • A user of more than one facility (Desirable)
  • The ability to think strategically about long-term facility needs (Desirable)

Applicants are welcome from those at all career stages who can demonstrate the criteria above.

For further information, please contact Rachel Reynolds.

Nuclear Physics Advisory Panel (NPAP)

The UKRI STFC Advisory Panels report to Science Board, providing a route for consultation and interaction with the community. The panels draft and maintain a roadmap describing current and future research opportunities in their areas and provide input to strategic reviews when required. As a member you will work as part of a small panel representing the needs of the whole UK nuclear physics community to STFC and will gain a broader understanding of the STFC’s strategic planning processes and funding processes.

We anticipate one vacancy arising this year and welcome applications in the areas of nuclear structure, hadronic physics and in particular nuclear astrophysics.

Applicants should have an understanding of the national and international contexts relating to nuclear physics and be able to demonstrate skills in communication, team-working and strategic thinking.  The membership term is nominally a three-year appointment.  All applications will be assessed based on UKRI-STFC panel recruitment guidelines.

For further information, please contact Jenny Hiscock.

Particle Physics Advisory Panel (PPAP)

The STFC Advisory Panels report to Science Board, providing a route for consultation and interaction with the community. The panels draft and maintain a roadmap describing current and future research opportunities in their areas and provide input to strategic reviews when required.

There are currently three vacancies available. Membership will begin in October 2020, with appointments for three years.

Applications are invited across all areas of particle physics, but we would particularly welcome applicants with expertise in energy frontier physics and neutrino physics. Prior experience of working on similar panels is desirable.

Members of the PPAP should demonstrate expertise in the strategy, planning, and evaluation of research programmes, and understand the UK and international landscape of particle physics.

STFC invites applications to join its panels and committees on an annual basis. For further information on the Particle Physics Advisory Panel, please contact Sarah Verth.

Particle Physics Grants Panel Theory and Experiment (PPGP)

The Particle Physics Grants Panel (PPGP) is responsible for assessing and making recommendations to the STFC Executive on research grant applications in particle physics, which includes scientific exploitation of facilities and projects, ‘blue skies’ technology research, theory, modelling and data handling.

There are around four vacancies available. Membership will begin in October 2020, for an initial period of three years to include the next theory grant review in 2022.

Applications are welcome for both experiment and theory, but this year we are particularly keen to receive applications for membership from individuals in all areas of particle physics theory.

Members of the PPGP should demonstrate expertise in the strategy, planning, delivery, and evaluation of research programmes, and understand the UK and international landscape of particle physics and particle astrophysics. Prior experience of working on similar panels is desirable.

STFC invites applications to join its panels and committees on an annual basis. For further information on the Particle Physics Advisory Panel please contact Sarah Verth.

Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel (PS&EAP)

The purpose of the Facility Advisory Panels is to provide a link between Science Board and the community and represent the needs of the community to STFC. There are two advisory panels in this area; the other being the Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel.

The remit of the panels is to:

  • Maintain an overview of activities within their research area as relevant to STFC, in particular, but not exclusively, relating to facility provision, both UK and international
  • Consult and interact with the community to ensure its views are canvassed and there is an appropriate and effective route for communication with STFC on strategic programmatic issues
  • Provide advice to Science Board on specific questions as requested
  • Liaise with other Advisory Panels when appropriate.

Examples of programmatic issues where the panel has been asked to provide advice include the UKRI infrastructure roadmap programme (in relation to the multidisciplinary facilities) and STFC reviews concerning or related to facility provision.

Panel membership is for a period of 3 years. There are up to seven vacancies for panel members for terms to start on 1 September 2020. The panel has one face-to-face meeting annually (usually in January/February) and on occasion has other meetings (usually by videoconference) as business requires.

The selection criteria for panel membership are:

  • Familiarity with STFC’s national and international facilities (CLF, Diamond Light Source, ESRF, ESS, ILL, ISIS Neutron Source, XFEL) in the context of the physical sciences and engineering subject area (Essential)
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others (Essential)
  • Capable of maintaining a broad vision across all STFC facilities (Essential)
  • A user of more than one facility (Desirable)
  • The ability to think strategically about long-term facility needs (Desirable)

Applicants are welcome from those at all career stages who can demonstrate the criteria above.

For further information, please contact Rachel Reynolds.

Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) 

The Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) assesses large and/or complex construction and operation projects from across STFC’s remit – particle physics, nuclear physics, accelerator physics, computing, astronomy and particle astrophysics. The PPRP currently has 30 members, a subset of whom attend each PPRP meeting. It employs a membership across these areas and seeks to achieve a balance of expertise across disciplines, institutions and experiments. Details of the current membership are available here.

Members are expected to be able to attend a minimum of 2 PPRP meetings per year. PPRP meetings are held relative to demand, around 5 times a year. In addition, Visiting Panel meetings, to provide additional scrutiny, are held for most proposals with a subset of PPRP members. All meetings take place in the UK and members are not expected to attend every meeting. PPRP members are expected to contribute to the assessment of proposals across STFC’s remit, not just their core discipline.

Suitable applicants are not limited to academia and those from any other sectors who meet the below criteria are also invited to apply. Applications are also particularly welcomed from individuals based at non-Russell Group institutions who meet the below criteria in order to balance out representation on the Panel. Overseas applicants are also welcome to apply.

Early Career Researchers and theorists need not apply.

PPRP welcomes applications which meet the below requirements from any of the following disciplinary areas:

  • Particle Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Accelerator Physics
  • Computing
  • Astronomy
  • Particle Astrophysics

Requirements

Essential

  • Experience of working on development, construction or operation of large instrumentation or computing projects in physics
  • Disciplinary expertise within PPRP's remit (see above)
  • Previous experience of peer reviewing proposals in STFC's remit
  • Ability to attend 2 or more PPRP meetings a year
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  • Ability to understand national and international physics contexts
  • Minimum position level of senior lecturer or equivalent experience
  • In Depth Technical understanding
  • Achieving a balance across institutions
  • Achieving a balance across disciplines and experiments

Desirable

  • Experience of delivering economic and societal impact from physics or computing projects
  • Experience of collaborating with or working in industry
  • Experience of managing development, construction and operations projects in instrumentation or computing for physics
  • Experience of project managing scientific projects
  • Experience of serving on STFC Panels, Boards or Oversight Committees or equivalent

For further information, please contact Chris Carlton.

Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) – Project Management

The Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) assesses large and/or complex construction and operation projects from across STFC’s remit – particle physics, nuclear physics, accelerator physics, computing, astronomy and particle astrophysics. The PPRP currently has 30 members, a subset of whom attend each PPRP meeting. Details of the current membership are available here https://stfc.ukri.org/about-us/how-we-are-governed/advisory-boards/projects-peer-review-panel/    

Project Management is a key aspect of proposals considered by the PPRP. As part of this recruitment round we are seeking members with a project management background who can contribute to PPRP’s assessment of these aspects vital to the success of proposals. Critical aspects of this assessment are the setting of objectives, management of risk and scheduling and planning of a project.

Suitable applicants are not limited to those based in academia and experience with scientific projects, whilst desirable, is not essential. Suitable applicants should have experience of managing large, complex projects and be prepared to employ a pragmatic and critical approach to the assessment of projects. Overseas applicants are also welcome to apply.

Members are expected to be able to attend a minimum of 2 PPRP meetings per year. PPRP meetings are held relative to demand, around 5 times a year. In addition, Visiting Panel meetings, to provide additional scrutiny, are held for most proposals with a subset of PPRP members. All meetings take place in the UK and members are not expected to attend every meeting.

In addition to attending and contributing to PPRP meetings, relevant experts are currently asked to produce a Project Management and Delivery Review of projects ahead of the meeting for applicants to respond to. There is potential for appropriate applicants to undertake this role through a separate contract once they are established on the Panel.

Requirements

Essential

  • Hold a recognised project management qualification at the minimum level of PMQ (APM), Level D (IPMA) or PMP (PMI) or equivalent
  • Significant project management experience on high end technology projects
  • Ability to attend 2 or more PPRP meetings per year
  • Ability to clearly understand the setting of project objectives including the creation of clear work breakdown structures and well justified costings
  • Evidence of managing a complex project of a value of at least £5M (or equivalent) which includes multiple stakeholders
  • Evidence of employing a pragmatic approach to the management of projects
  • Evidence of actively conducting risk management on projects
  • Achieving a balance across employing institutions

Desirable

  • Membership of a project management professional body (e.g. APM, PMI)
  • Ability to understand national and international physics contexts
  • Appreciation of STFC and its work
  • Experience working in or collaborating with research institutions
  • Experience of undertaking critical reviews

For further information, please contact Chris Carlton.

Science Board

Science Board is STFC’s principal scientific advisory committee.  The role of the Board is to

provide STFC with a strategic scientific overview and assessment of, and science advice on, all the programmes STFC supports which includes Particle Physics, Particle Astrophysics, Astronomy, Nuclear Physics, Neutron sources, Light Sources, Central Laser Facility, Accelerators and Computing.  Science Board is supported by advisory panels, peer review committees and other advisory committees. 

The role of Science Board is to:

  • Formulate and update long term science and technology strategies
  • Review programmes and investments
  • Consult with the communities through advisory panels
  • Agree and recommend a scientific investment plan against the available budget
  • Provide advice to STFC Council on criteria for selecting projects and science areas
  • Provide advice on UKSA programmes

Suitable applicants should have:

  • Relevant scientific and/or technical expertise
  • Previous experience of serving on a STFC Panel or Oversight Committee
  • An ability to provide advice at a strategic level and exercise judgement across a broad spectrum of research across STFC’s programmes
  • An ability to represent a core discipline but be able to form judgements outside of it.
  • Experience in conducting, leading or directing internationally respected research in an academic or other research institution
  • An ability to understand national and international frontier science contexts (including accelerators and computing).

We would particularly welcome applicants with expertise in any of the following:

  • Accelerators
  • Biology
  • Soft materials
  • X-ray and neutron scattering
  • Laser-plasma interactions
  • Artificial intelligence
  • High performance / throughput computing

There are up to three vacancies available. Membership would begin in August 2020, with appointments for three years, in the first instance. Applications are invited across all career stages - subject to the relevant experience. All applications will be assessed based on UKRI-STFC panel recruitment guidelines.

For further information, please contact Karen Clifford

Solar System Advisory Panel

The UKRI - STFC Advisory Panels report to STFC Science Board, providing a route for consultation and interaction with the community.  The panels draft and maintain roadmaps describing current and future research opportunities in their areas.  

The Solar System Advisory Panel will have a number of vacancies arising in the next 12 months.  We welcome applicants from the UK solar system science community covering all areas, particularly those with expertise in planetary science and magnetospheres.  

Applicants should also have an understanding of the national and international contexts relating to this field and be able to demonstrate skills in communication, team-working and strategic thinking. The membership term is nominally a three-year appointment.  All applications will be assessed based on UKRI-STFC panel recruitment guidelines.

For further information, please contact Michelle Cooper.

Stephen Hawking Fellowship

Applications to the Stephen Hawking Fellowship Panel are invited. This Fellowship is delivered jointly by EPSRC and STFC to award up to 10 Fellowships per call to support research for fellows with a strong passion for curiosity driven science that seek to challenge current assumptions, advance scientific knowledge and inspire the public through their discoveries. The funding will support fellows to engage in training on public engagement and scientific communication to develop the skills to explain complex scientific ideas to wider audiences and with the aim of continuing Stephen Hawking’s work in bringing science into popular culture.

Members of the Stephen Hawking Fellowship Panel may be asked to recommend appropriate expert peer reviewers, attend sift/prioritisation meetings and interview panels. 

This opportunity welcomes applicants from different career stages who can demonstrate the appropriate skills, expertise and experience. 

STFC are inviting applications from individuals with the following areas of expertise:

  • Cosmology
  • General relativity
  • Quantum gravity
  • Classical gravity
  • String theory
  • Statistical physics
  • Nuclear physics
  • Particle physics
  • Particle astrophysics
  • Theoretical astronomy
  • Theoretical plasma physics
  • Solar or planetary physics

Panel members will be expected, as a minimum, to be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to work constructively in the area of the Panel’s work
  • Able to meet the commitments and attendance requirements of the Panel
  • Achieving a balance across disciplines and experiments
  • Achieving a balance across institutions
  • Experience of assessing grant applications/peer review
  • Knowledge of PPAN science areas
  • Experience of scientific education and public engagement with science.
  • Team-working
  • Knowledge of the strategy of STFC
  • Experience of similar panel work
  • Skills in participating and balancing views, arguments, and interests of other participants

For further information, please contact Caroline Sweeting.

UKRI Future Leader Fellowship (FLF) Panels within the STFC Remit

The UKRI Future Leader Fellowship is a cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme to support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories.  Investment of up to £1.5 million over four years, with the ability to extend to up to seven years, will enable the next generation to benefit from outstanding support to develop their careers, and to work on difficult and novel challenges.  Applicants are welcomed from around the world and up to 100 Fellows can be awarded from each round.

Assessment of the FLF takes place using a two-stage process:

  • Proposals are first assessed via peer review, with subsequent Panel meetings held to shortlist then interview candidates.
  • Panels comprise a broad range of academic, public sector and industry experts.

Both shortlisting and interview panels run over two days.

There are up to 6 members are available for the UKRI FLF on each round. STFC would welcome applications from academia and industry for FLF panel members to cross all STFC remits with broad interdisciplinary knowledge and/or experience.

The Round 4 panel meetings are due to take place in June 2020 with interviews in July 2020. The Round 5 shortlisting panel meeting and interviews are likely to be end November/beginning of December 2020 but have yet to be confirmed.

You can find out more about the scheme from the UKRI Future Leader Fellowship web pages.

Core/Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Ability to work across disciplines and separate from personal biases.
  • Able to meet the commitments and attendance requirements of the Panel.
  • Achieving a balance across disciplines and experiments.
  • Achieving a balance across institutions.
  • Experience of assessing grant applications / peer review.
  • Knowledge of PPAN science areas.
  • Knowledge of the strategy of STFC.
  • Team-working.
  • Understanding of the cost of scientific research projects and appreciation of costings.

Non-Core/Desirable Selection Criteria:

  • Ability to attend 2 or more panel meetings per year.
  • Experience in broad multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary working across in STEM fields and more widely.
  • Experience of similar panel work.
  • Skills in participating and balancing views, arguments, and interests of other participants.
  • Strong and internationally recognised research leadership.

Panel Specific Selection Criteria:

  • Ability to adhere and contribute to Equality Impact Assessments of UKRI/STFC policies and procedures, UKRI/STFC equality and diversity strategy, including identifying barriers, finding solutions to broaden and maintain inclusion of underrepresented groups in UKRI/STFC activities.
  • Ability to participate in peer review of Fellowship awards.
  • Understand the trajectory for an Early Career researcher.

For further information, please contact Susan Blackwell.

Recruitment to STFC Oversight Committees

The Oversight Committee (OsC) is a key part of the STFC’s governance and oversight framework and has been established by STFC to provide independent advice, oversight and review of the specific project on issues of risk and project cost, schedule and scope over the lifetime of the project.

The OsC is independent of the project’s management and provides independent expert advice on scientific, technical and management matters to the STFC Project Sponsor in the STFC Programmes Directorate responsible for the delivery of the project.  The Project Sponsor is usually the Executive Director Programmes or the Head of the relevant programme area (Accelerator, Astronomy or Particle & Nuclear Physics).

The OsC monitors the project in sufficient detail to enable STFC to intervene if necessary and recommends appropriate actions that STFC or the project may need to take.  The OsC also acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the collaboration, providing support and challenge to the project’s management.

The OsC will normally meet every six months and will receive progress reports and presentations from the Project Manager and the PI, Spokesperson or Project Director. These Project representatives will be invited to attend meetings of the OsC but are not members of the Committee.  The Committee may seek other sources of input as necessary.

Where there is a significant risk or material change to the cost, scope or schedule of the project then the Project Sponsor will bring this to the attention of the Executive Board and/or Science Board and Council.

The OsC will perform the following activities:

  1. Note the initial approved scientific objectives and scope of the projects and agree with the project sponsor timescales for regular review of these. Determine in consultation with the Project Manager the milestones and deliverables against which the projects will be monitored.
  2. Monitor and comment on progress of the projects taking particular account of milestones, budgets, management plans and work package distributions.
  3. Review the projects risk register, monitor the evolution of the risks mitigation and advise STFC as appropriate.
  4. Advise STFC on bids against the contingency and monitor the use of the working margin.
  5. Advise STFC on the science priorities if it becomes necessary to re-scope the programme and advise on the scientific objectives of the revised programme.
  6. Report to STFC on any material change in scope proposed by the projects.
  7. Report to STFC any other issues that may materially affect the ability of the project to realise its scientific aims.
  8. Undertake a final review of the projects on completion, including ‘lessons learned’.

Available vacancies on the STFC Oversight Committees in 2020:

AWAKE Run-2 Oversight Committee

There are currently four vacancies available. Membership will begin as soon as is practicable, and is ideally through to project completion. The OsC convenes twice a year. Whilst prior experience of working on similar panels is desirable, applications from early career researchers are encouraged.

This OsC concerns the UK contribution to the AWAKE experiment at CERN, to demonstrate proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration through the acceleration of electrons to above 2 GeV in more than 10m of plasma.  

Applications are invited across all areas of accelerator science and engineering, and particle physics but, we would particularly welcome applicants with PWFA, novel acceleration, construction project, and project management, experience and expertise.

For further information, please contact Dave Brown.

Gravitational Wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) Oversight Committee

UKRI – STFC will be establishing a new committee later in the year to provide oversight of this recently approved project.  We are seeking a Chair and new members for this committee and would welcome applications from the UK community particularly those with gravitational waves expertise and experience in astronomy facility development as well as prospective GOTO users. 

Applicants should have the relevant expertise and /or experience and be able to demonstrate skills in communication, team-working and strategic thinking.

The membership term is nominally a three-year appointment. All applications will be assessed based on UKRI-STFC panel recruitment guidelines.

For further information, please contact Michelle Cooper.

GridPP6 Oversight Committee

There are currently three vacancies available. Membership will begin as soon as is practicable and is ideally through to project completion. The OsC convenes twice a year. Whilst prior experience of working on similar panels is desirable, applications from early career researchers are encouraged.

This OsC concerns the UK contribution to the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid in support of both the LHC, and wider particle physics, experiments.  

Applications are invited across all areas of STFC scientific computing, particle physics, and frontier science but, we would particularly welcome applicants with user, international strategy, industry, and project management, experience and expertise.

For further information, please contact Dave Brown.

HL-LHC-UK Phase-II Oversight Committee

There are currently two vacancies available. Membership will begin as soon as is practicable, and is ideally through to project completion. The OsC convenes twice a year. Whilst prior experience of working on similar panels is desirable, applications from early career researchers are encouraged.

This OsC concerns the UK contribution to the high-luminosity upgrade to the LHC at CERN, delivering key series production hardware and key beam physics studies to HL-LHC, including crab cavity cryomodules, cold-boxes for cold powering, beam diagnostics hardware, collimation studies, and laser engineered surface structure technology. 

Applications are invited across all areas of accelerator science and engineering, and particle physics but, we would particularly welcome applicants with cavity/cryomodule, construction project, and project management, experience and expertise.

For further information, please contact Dave Brown.

LBNF/DUNE PIP-II Oversight Committee

There is currently one vacancy available. Membership will begin as soon as is practicable, and is ideally through to project completion. The OsC convenes twice a year. Whilst prior experience of working on similar panels is desirable, applications from early career researchers are encouraged.

This OsC concerns the UK contribution to Fermilab’s PIP-II superconducting accelerator upgrade, to enable the most intense high-energy neutrino beam for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

Applications are invited across all areas of accelerator science and engineering, and particle physics but, we would particularly welcome applicants with SCRF cavities/cryomodules, construction project, and project management, experience and expertise.

For further information, please contact Dave Brown.

LBNF/DUNE Target Oversight Committee

There is currently one vacancy available. Membership will begin as soon as is practicable, and is ideally through to project completion. The OsC convenes twice a year. Whilst prior experience of working on similar panels is desirable, applications from early career researchers are encouraged.

This OsC concerns the UK contribution to Fermilab’s DUNE Target for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

Applications are invited across all areas of accelerator science and engineering, and particle physics but, we would particularly welcome applicants with targetry, construction project, and project management, experience and expertise.

For further information, please contact Dave Brown.

UK Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) Steering Committee

This Committee provides oversight to UKRI - STFC on activities within the UK’s ELT programme.  The Committee is also a forum for strategic discussion of international ELT Programme developments and acts as a conduit between the UK ELT Instrumentation Oversight Committee and the UK European Southern Observatory (ESO) Committee.  We anticipate a number of vacancies this year and would welcome applicants from the UK astronomy community especially those with experience of ESO or other optical/infrared facilities and prospective users of the ELT. 

Applicants should also have an understanding of the national and international contexts relating to ESO / this facility and be able to demonstrate skills in communication, team-working and strategic thinking.  The membership term is nominally a three-year appointment. 

All applications will be assessed based on UKRI-STFC panel recruitment guidelines and in consultation with the Committee Chair. 

For further information, please contact Michelle Cooper.

Wide-Field Astronomy Units Oversight Committee

UKRI – STFC will be establishing a new committee later in the year to provide oversight of the Wide-Field Astronomy Unit (WFAU) based in Edinburgh and the Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (CASU) based in Cambridge.  This follows a successful review for ongoing support.   We are seeking a Chair and new members for this committee and would welcome applications from the UK astronomy community particularly those with user experience of these facilities. 

Applicants should have the relevant expertise and be able to demonstrate skills in communication, team-working and strategic thinking. 

The membership term is nominally a three-year appointment.  All applications will be assessed based on UKRI-STFC panel recruitment guidelines.

For further information, please contact Michelle Cooper.

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