The Academy’s core mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society. We are working to secure a future in which:
• UK and global health is improved by the best research
• The UK leads the world in biomedical and health research, and is renowned for the quality of its research outputs, talent and collaborations.
• Independent, high quality medical science advice informs the decisions that affect society.
• More people have a say in the future of health and research.
The Academy’s over 1200 Fellows have been elected on the basis of outstanding contributions to a range of scientific fields, and are drawn from universities, hospitals, general practice, industry and the public service. Our Fellows are central to all we do. It is their talent and expertise that ensures we can bring authoritative opinion and practical guidance to complex issues in medical science and healthcare.
Established in 1998 as an expert body to deal with issues at the interface of medical science and healthcare, the Academy is part of the national academies group, alongside the Royal Society, British Academy, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. We are governed by a Council of 17 Fellows, including six Honorary Officers who provide strategic advice and oversight. Professor Sir Robert Lechler FMedSci is the current President.
The Academy is:
• An elected Fellowship of the UK’s best biomedical and health researchers
• An independent source of evidence-based and expert advice
• Connected to, and respected by, decision makers
• Focused on realising cross-disciplinary opportunities across academia, industry and healthcare.
• Committed to improving and celebrating diversity - in all its forms - in the biomedical and health research community
• Global in outlook, reach and influence
• Catalytic, inclusive and accessible in our approach
• Responsive to change and innovative in our solutions
• Adept at maximising our impact through partnership working
We seek to advance UK and global biomedical and health research through five strategic challenges (as set out in our 2017-22 strategy):
1. To harness our expertise and convening power to tackle the biggest scientific and health challenges and opportunities facing our society.
2. To lead innovation in the development of research talent through funding and careers support.
3. To achieve influence and impact beyond the UK to improve health and well-being.
4. To become the exemplar of a ‘modern scientific academy’ – diverse, trusted, dynamic, relevant and accessible.
5. To enhance the Academy’s delivery capability, making sure we have the Fellows, staff, partners, resources and influence to make an even greater contribution to the UK and beyond.
The Fellowship is served by a team of 50 staff.
Policy at the Academy
The Academy’s policy work addresses issues of medical science, healthcare and workforce including sustaining the pipeline of researchers equipped to deliver innovation and excellence. Areas of policy work originate from within the Academy Council and wider Fellowship, as well as in response to issues raised by Government, Parliament and other relevant bodies, including stakeholders such as industry, medical research charities, medical royal colleges and regulators.
The Academy’s policy work cuts across both our medical science policy team and biomedical grants, mentoring and careers policy team.
• The medical science policy team’s remit includes ensuring that the UK has a strong research base in academia, industry and the NHS and that the outcomes of research can be translated into health and wealth benefits. It is also responsible for our international activities, which include our work with international partners globally and our capacity building initiatives.
• The biomedical grants, mentoring and careers policy team’s work focuses on the training and career pathways for researchers across the spectrum of the medical sciences. Our policy work not only influences UK capacity and resource, but also informs our schemes and activities to support young researchers.
Policy is developed in consultation with Academy Fellows, in addition to external experts and stakeholders as appropriate. Projects often involve collaboration with other UK and international bodies (e.g. charities, research funders, industry), and can take many forms: major reports, shorter position papers, consultation responses, seminars and workshops, correspondence, representation on Government and external panels, evidence to Parliamentary committees, private meetings and roundtables with key decision makers. Wide consultation, comprehensive analysis of the evidence and robust peer review ensure the independence and authority of the Academy’s policy work.
Salary: £37,500 - £42,000 + Benefits
Role duration: 2 years fixed term, Full time
The postholder will primarily support the delivery of our strategic objectives on ‘influencing research and policy’ and ‘developing talented researchers’.
The postholder will manage policy projects, progress ongoing Academy policy priorities and respond to new opportunities enhance the environment for biomedical and clinical research in the UK. The postholder will primarily focus on our research base policy work, including influencing Government policy on investment in R&D; the UK’s future relationship with EU research and innovation Progammes; and immigration. In addition, the postholder will lead the Academy’s Parliamentary engagement, including through working in partnership with the National Academies and the All Party-Parliamentary Group on Medical Research.
Key immediate priorities will include supporting the Academy’s work to influence:
• Upcoming Government fiscal events, including the Government’s to commitments to increase investment in research and innovation
• the UK’s future relationship with EU, including research and innovation Programmes
• Government reform to the UK’s immigration system to ensure that it provides an attractive and accessible offer for international talent in biomedical and clinical research and related roles
The team has been established to harness synergies between our science base and careers policy portfolios and therefore, the postholder will also contribute to the Academy’s careers policy work in collaboration with the Head of Science Base and Careers Policy and a Policy Officer.
The postholder will be expected to foster excellent relationships with Fellows, external partners and key stakeholders, and maintain strong networks with UK policy contacts. Although line managed by the Head of Science Base and Careers
1. Scoping, managing and delivering a range of policy activities – including influencing documents, consultation responses, briefings, correspondence as well as organising workshops and symposiums. This role will require close working with Fellows and other experts to identify and analyse key policy issues, gather data and expert opinion, and construct conclusions and recommendations. Partnership working and close engagement with a range of stakeholders will be vital.
2. Developing and maintaining an excellent knowledge of the UK landscape around clinical and non-clinical research careers, including relevant policy developments in UK Governments, regulators, professional bodies and research funders; identifying and researching potential new areas of policy work. Being aware of the wider policy landscape within which the Academy operates.
3. Collaborating with organisations from academia, industry, healthcare and the charity sector on his/her projects.
4. Maintaining and developing an effective network of contacts across the sector (including our Fellows) to inform the Academy’s policy work, and to increase our impact.
5. Representing the Academy at external meetings.
6. Ensuring that the Academy’s President, Honorary Officers and Fellows meet regularly with key decision makers. Supporting these meetings through the production of briefings and meeting notes.
7. Drafting papers for meetings of the Council and Officers of the Academy to report on progress on major projects.
8. Contributing to the evaluation of policy activities at the Academy and the development of new ways of working.
9. Working with the Head of Science Base and Careers Policy to maintain the relevant areas of the website; liaising with the Head of Communications to ensure internal and external engagement with the Academy’s policy work including through the use of new media.
10. Project management of policy officers. Occasionally supervising interns (PhD students on a 3 month paid policy internship).
26 days per annum, plus Christmas closure dates and bank holidays
The Academy contributes 7.5% of gross salary to a Legal & General scheme, with an employee contribution of 3%.
3 x annual gross salary
Under normal circumstances a free hot lunch available to staff on site Monday – Thursday.
Season ticket travel loan interest free
Available to all staff after completion of probationary period
Family friendly benefits
A range of enhanced benefits
The closing date for applications is 17.00, 7 July 2020
Interviews will take place week commencing 20 July 2020