Each year the UK’s Research Councils invest around £2.8 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.

The Research Councils have a specific role to play in engagement with the public about research. Both collectively and individually the councils are committed to developing and promoting the exciting research carried out in the UK, but also actively raising public awareness of, and engagement with, science and innovation.

The RCUK Science in Society (SIS) team oversees implementation of this work, including responding to emerging scientific opportunities and public aspirations and concerns, maximising efficient delivery and ensuring effective evaluation. It also acts as a gateway for anyone seeking information in these areas, as well as running joint public engagement programmes across the Research Councils.

You will deliver, co-coordinate and facilitate the development of a portfolio of team projects, which include working with organisations such as the British Association for the Advancement of Science and events such as the National Science and Engineering Week awards.

You will need good project management skills, allied to an understanding of issues relating to science in society, research and education. A skilled networker and communicator, you’ll be able to facilitate dialogue between Research Councils and identify opportunities for collaborative working with other organisations.

For an application form and further details, please visit the JRU website to download the application documents –

Alternatively please contact Laura Hay via email; [email protected] or telephone 01973 416464 quoting the reference number JRU 02/09.

Closing date: 16 January 2009.

Interview date: 28 January 2009.