Call for Applications and Nominations to STFC's Science Board, Committees and Peer Review Panels, 2018

A number of vacancies have arisen for outstanding individuals to become members of STFC's committees and panels, as listed below.

This is an annual call and, as a result, membership may commence at different times. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities. Appointments to STFC panels are made on merit. However, we are keen to maintain diversity in their membership. Applications from women, those with a disability or members of minority ethnic groups are therefore especially welcome. We will use diversity of membership as part of our selection criteria.

In particular, we aspire to improve the gender balance of our panels in keeping with STFC’s overall goal to achieve at least 30% female membership in our advisory structures and peer review processes. We intend to implement this change over the next two years, and thus we aim to achieve a minimum of 20% female representation on our advisory structures as a result of the 2018 call. We will increase our target for female participation in 2019 in order to meet our goals.

Vacancies have arisen, or will be arising, due to normal rotation of membership on the following panels:

Nomination/application form

Nomination / application form

The closing date for nominations is Monday 9 April 2018.

Brief descriptions of the panels and committees can be found below. Please follow the links at the end of each section to view each panel's terms of reference.

 

21st Century Challenge Panel

The 21st Century Challenge Programme supports the application of innovative solutions arising from STFC-funded science, skills and facilities to address the complex challenges of the 21st century. As part of delivering this objective, STFC operates various funding mechanisms and maintains a pool of 20 experts that can be called upon to assist with the assessment of applications for funding.

The members of the College will be called upon as appropriate to the theme and nature of the call. Chairs will also be selected on the same basis. Membership of the pool will be for three years and will be balanced across a range of challenges relevant to the UK and developing countries, including areas such as energy, environment, healthcare, climate change, sustainability, security, resilience, food, agritech, urbanisation and capacity building. Due to the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging nature of the proposals that are assessed by the panel, we are seeking applications and nominations from individuals from a variety of backgrounds including:

  • End users
     
  • Government and public agencies
     
  • Researchers and technologists from the STFC community and other relevant disciplines with experience of technology translation, innovation, capacity building or economic development and welfare in developing countries (including Official Development Assistance (ODA) expertise/experience)
     
  • Private sector
     
  • UK and international

21st Century Challenge Panel


 

Accelerator Strategy Board

The Board provides advice to STFC on all aspects of accelerator science and technology in the context of national and international activities, supported by a membership of international experts and facility and institute directors. In addition ASB considers Statements of Interest within its remit. We welcome applicants in all areas of accelerator physics. The panel meets approximately twice yearly.

Membership would begin in October 2018, with appointments for three years.

Accelerator Strategy Board


 

Advisory Panel for Public Engagement

The Panel provides advice to Council and the STFC Executive on strategy, policies and programme balance for public engagement with STFC's science and technology, and provides new ideas for programme development. The work of the Panel covers the full STFC public engagement programme, delivered between STFC’s national laboratories and the Council’s head office in Swindon.

Members of the Advisory Panel for Public Engagement should demonstrate expertise in the strategy, planning, delivery, and evaluation of a range of public engagement programmes. Members with appropriate public engagement experience are welcomed from all disciplinary backgrounds, but will understand the UK landscape of public engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This year, we are particularly keen to receive applications for membership from individuals working in industry, policy bodies, professional societies, or from non-STFC research laboratories and institutes.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities. Appointments to the Advisory Panel are made on merit. However, we are keen to maintain diversity in its membership. Applications from women, those with a disability or members of minority ethnic groups are therefore especially welcome. We will use diversity of membership as part of our selection criteria.

Membership will begin at the October 2018 meeting of the Advisory Panel, and appointments will initially be for 3 years.

Advisory Panel for Public Engagement


 

Astronomy Advisory Panel

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.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates with theory expertise (for example, accretion physics) and technology.

Vacancies will be arising in the next 12 months.

Astronomy Advisory Panel


 

Astronomy Grants Panel

Astronomy Observation (AO) and Astronomy Theory (AT):
This call covers all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics beyond the solar system:

  • Stellar physics, including star formation and extra-solar planetary systems (studies of the sun as part of a programme of stellar physics may fit here);
  • Studies of transient phenomena;
  • The interstellar medium and galactic astronomy;
  • Extra-galactic astronomy and cosmology;
  • The astrophysical aspects of particle astrophysics, including dark matter, cosmic rays and gravity;
  • Blue skies technology/instrumentation development applicable to the above areas;
  • Laboratory astrophysics, including software development, relevant to the above programmes.

Solar Studies (SS) and Planetary Studies (PL):
This call covers theory, including modelling, simulation and related software development, observation, experiment and new technology research, relevant to all aspects of solar system science:

  • Solar physics and heliospherics;
  • Space-based terrestrial magnetospheric science and fundamental space plasma physics (excluding the impact on the Earth's neutral atmosphere);
  • Planetary science, including atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres of the solar system bodies other than the Earth;
  • Studies of other solar system bodies including comets, asteroids, meteorites, etc.;
  • Laboratory studies of solar system material such as meteorites, returned samples, solar system analogues and related software development;
  • Blue skies technology/instrumentation development applicable to the above areas.

Additionally nominations with Technology expertise in these areas would be helpful

Vacancies will be arising in the next 12 months.

Astronomy Grants Panel


 

Central Laser Facility Access Panels

The Central Laser Facility welcomes applications to its Facility Access Panels from facility users and those interested in the application of facility-generated data.


 

Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP)

The CLASP Panel is a peer review body, set up to make recommendations on grant applications received against the CLASP calls. CLASP supports the application and commercialisation of STFC-funded research in industrial, environmental and societal grand challenges. Panel members are required to review the applications and access progress of the successful projects by reviewing progress reports.

We particularly welcome applications from industry.

Membership would begin in September 2018.

Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme


 

Computing Advisory Panel (CAP)

The Computing Advisory Panel is responsible for advising the STFC Executive on the strategy for, and management of, provision for computing facilities and data handling in support of the STFC Science and Facilities Programme. This includes e-science, High Performance and High Throughput Computing, and data management and network provision where appropriate.

Membership would begin in October 2018, with appointments for three years.

Computing Advisory Panel


 

Education, Training and Careers Committee (ETCC)

The Committee provides advice to the Skills and Engagement Advisory Board (SEAB) and the STFC 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 partnership studentships, 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.

We particularly welcome applications in the areas of astronomy and particle physics.

Membership would begin in September 2018, with appointments for three years.

Education, Training and Careers Committee


 

Fellowships Panel

The Fellowships Panel oversees the peer review of applications for STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. The membership of the panel changes each year although members can be asked to serve for more than one year. Members will be expected to take part in the peer review of the applications and be available for one sifting meeting. A sub-group of the membership is also required the for fellowship applicant interviews.

We welcome applicants from all of the STFC core areas.

Fellowships Panel - STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships


 

Innovations Partnership Schemes (IPS) Panel

The Innovations Partnership Schemes (IPS) Panel reviews grant applications received against the following programmes:

  • IPS supports the transfer of technology and expertise to the market place in partnership with industry and other academic disciplines;
     
  • Follow-on Funding (FoF) supports the very early or pre-seed stage of turning STFC-funded research outputs into commercial propositions.

We particularly welcome applications from industry.

Membership would begin in September 2018.

Innovations Partnership Schemes Panel


 

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Facility Access Panels (FAPs)

The ISIS Facility Access Panels (FAPs) meet over two days twice per year to review proposals for beamtime for the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. The seven panels deal with around 1000 proposals per year across the range of science areas covered by neutron and muon techniques.

Panel members are normally appointed for three years, and vacancies arise annually. Members need to have expert knowledge of neutron or muon techniques, or be subject experts in science areas where neutron or muon methods are used (including condensed matter physics, chemistry and catalysis, molecular-level studies in biochemistry and biophysics, engineering materials, other advanced materials for technological applications, and soft matter such as polymers and surfactants).

ISIS Facility Access Panels


 

Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel

The Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel provide a route for consultation and interaction with the large facilities community and gives advice to Science Board on specific questions. Applications are encouraged in all life science and soft materials scientific areas that use STFC’s large facilities. We would particularly welcome applicants with expertise in relation to biology using neutrons and muons.

Membership would begin in June 2018, with appointments for three years.

Life Sciences and Soft Materials Advisory Panel


 

Nuclear Physics Advisory Panel (NPAP)

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.

Membership would begin in July and September 2018.

Nuclear Physics Advisory Panel


 

Nuclear Physics Grants Panel (NPGP)

The Nuclear Physics Grants Panel (NPGP) is responsible for assessing and making recommendations to the STFC Executive on research grant applications in Nuclear Physics.

Membership would begin in December 2018, for an initial period of three years.

Nuclear Physics Grants Panel


 

Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel (PAAP)

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.

Membership would begin in July 2018.

Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel


 

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.

Membership would begin in October 2018, with appointments for three years.

Particle Physics Advisory Panel


 

Particle Physics Grants Panel (Theory and Experimental)

The Particle Physics Grants Panel (PPGP) is responsible for assessing and making recommendations to the STFC Executive on research grant applications in particle physics.

We are particularly seeking members of the theory community in all areas of particle physics theory.

Membership would begin in October 2018, for an initial period of three years.

Particle Physics Grants Panel


 

Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel

The Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel provides a route for consultation and interaction with the large facilities community and gives advice to Science Board on specific questions. Applications are encouraged in all physical science and engineering scientific areas that use STFC’s large facilities.

Membership would begin in June 2018, with appointments for three years.

Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Panel


 

Projects Peer Review Panel

The Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) is responsible for assessing projects that the Council consider have significant scientific priority and proposals for the development of the Council's facilities. The PPRP also considers requests for funding research and development projects that will provide underpinning technologies for future projects.

We would particularly welcome applicants with expertise in particle physics, astronomy, nuclear physics and project management. Membership would begin in January 2019, with appointments for two years.

Projects Peer Review Panel


 

Science Board

Science Board provides the STFC with a strategic scientific overview and assessment of, and science advice on, all programmes supported by STFC.

We would particularly welcome applicants with expertise in soft condensed matter, x-ray and neutron scattering, spectroscopy, computing, experimental and theoretical particle physics, astronomy theory and nuclear physics.

Membership would begin in August 2018, with appointments for three years.

Science Board


 

Skills and Engagement Advisory Board (SEAB)

The Skills and Engagement Advisory Board provides STFC Council with a strategic overview and assessment of STFC’s skills and public engagement programmes. It spans the skills pipeline (from apprentices and graduates, to studentships and fellowships) aiming to achieve an appropriate skills balance to meet the needs of STFC’s science programme, science and innovation campuses and wider society, and to inspire and involve people with our science and technology.

Members of the Skills and Engagement Advisory Board should demonstrate expertise in the strategic planning and delivery of STEM skills and engagement programmes. Applications for membership are welcomed from individuals working in universities and laboratories, industry, public sector research organisations/facilities, other policy bodies, professional societies, secondary and further education, and science centres.

This year, applications are particularly welcomed from candidates with experience of senior public engagement activities in a non-academic setting, including industry.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities. Appointments to the Advisory Board are made on merit. However, we are keen to maintain diversity in its membership. Applications from women, those with a disability or members of minority ethnic groups are therefore especially welcome. We will use diversity of membership as part of our selection criteria.

Membership will begin in September 2018 and appointments will be for 3 years initially.

Skills and Engagement Advisory Board


 

Solar System Advisory Panel

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.

Vacancies will be arising in the next 12 months.

Solar System Advisory Panel


Additional information

For all committees, members will be appointed for two years unless otherwise stated.

Members of STFC advisory bodies are expected to have expertise across the breadth of their scientific remits, from a range of different institutions. Applicants and nominees should have a strong scientific reputation - see Advisory Committee Selection Process.

Unless otherwise stated, applications and nominations are sought from members of the particle physics, astronomy and nuclear physics research communities and from the physical and life sciences research communities supported by STFC facilities in both academia and industry. Submissions from scientists who are STFC employees are also welcome.

The Secretary of State is committed to the principle of public appointment with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns.

STFC will appoint the best members possible for its advisory bodies but we committed to a policy of equal opportunities. Appointments to our boards, committees and panels are made on merit.

However, we are keen to maintain diversity in membership and applications from women, those with a disability or members of minority ethnic groups are especially welcome. We will use diversity of membership as part of our selection criteria.

Nomination/application form

If nominating, please ensure that the nominee is aware of, and agrees to, the nomination.

Nomination / application form

The closing date is Monday 9 April 2018.

If you require any further information, please contact Trish Mullins.

Last updated: 03 October 2018

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