Senior European Policy Officer

The Academy of Medical Sciences London United Kingdom Medical Science Policy
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Company Description

The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent, expert voice of biomedical and health research in the UK.

Our vision is good health for all supported by the best research and evidence.

Our mission is to help create an open and progressive research sector to improve the health of people everywhere.

· We support researchers with innovative funding and career development opportunities.

· We help create a more sustainable environment for delivering outstanding research.

· We help researchers to work with academia, the public, charities, policy makers, health and social care partners, and industry to make the greatest difference to health.

Our new strategy for 2022-2032 focusses on the following strategic priorities.

1. Influence policy and practice to improve the lives of patients, the public and communities

2. Support UK biomedical and health research to strengthen its global competitiveness and reputation

3. Support the next generation of researchers to reach their full potential

4. Work with our partners to increase the Academy’s impact on global health

5. Build our resources to ensure our long-term independence and effectiveness

You can read more about our strategy 2022-2032 here


Salary: starting from £37,143 + Benefits (possible to increase salary via incremental steps in the first 12 months).

Role duration: Permanent role.

As a key member of the Academy’s close-knit international policy team, the senior European policy officer will lead and support the Head of International on our international policy activities within Europe and undertake follow up work to maximise the impact of previous European projects. The senior policy officer will work closely with the Head of International to develop and deliver activities that may include longer-term policy projects, and a range of scientific symposia, workshops, and lectures, to support our strategic objective to ‘work with our partners to increase the Academy’s impact on global health’. These activities will mainly be in partnership.

As a member of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM), the senior European policy officer will act as our key contact with the network, identifying opportunities to contribute evidence and experts to its work. They will also identify opportunities to contribute to other networks and forums across the Europe where the Academy can provide expertise and have impact. They will use the information they collect and contacts that they develop to proactively inform the Academy’s staff and Council about key European issues and priorities that relate to the Academy’s work.

This is an exciting time to join the team as we begin to implement the Academy’s new ten-year Academy strategic plan. In addition to European policy activities, the senior policy officer may also contribute to the work of other teams in the Academy (particularly the wider international and policy team) to help work towards the Academy’s vision of ‘good health for all supported by the best research and evidence’.


You’ll have a real opportunity to make a difference, working with a range of stakeholders to tackle some of the most significant health challenges faced by our society. We are looking for somebody who is committed to improving health for all, has strong analytical skills, the ability to summarise complex information, and thrives on working with others to produce high quality outputs.

You’ll normally have a degree or similar qualification or equivalent work experience in a relevant area. Experience working on, or knowledge of, European policy issues would be advantageous and we will prioritise applicants with relevant work experience. We welcome applications from people with a variety of professional backgrounds.

Please do not hesitate to contact Alex Hulme, Head of International ([email protected]) for an informal discussion about how your skills and experience fit with this role.

Key tasks and responsibilities can be found in the JD which is attached at the bottom of this page.

Other information

Annual leave

29 days per annum; including Christmas closure dates, plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff)

Salary progression

We have recently introduced a new salary progression framework.

The framework offers opportunities for salary increases at 6 and 12 months. Further increments are available as staff progress through our role and competency framework. We are also committed to regular cost of living or benchmarking reviews.


The Academy contributes 7.5% of gross salary to a Legal & General salary sacrifice pension scheme, with an employee contribution of 3%.

Life assurance

3 x annual gross salary

Season ticket travel loan interest free

Available to all staff after completion of probationary period

Family friendly benefits

• We offer enhanced maternity and paternity leave and provide coaching for parents returning to work.

• We are a family friendly employer and support staff to be present for their families through our agile working policy.

• We support staff who have caring responsibilities

Agile working

We empower individuals and teams to identify work practices and patterns that enable the organisation to maximise its potential and the individual to achieve the best possible work/life balance.

Our agile working approach operates on the following principles:

1. Open

2. Timely

3. Experimental

4. Connected

5. Respectful

6. Empowered

These principles allow staff to determine how, when and where they work to do their job well and support their wellbeing.

Wellbeing and mental health

• Subscription to Headspace and Class pass.

• Regular individual, team and organisation wide wellbeing days.

• Seasonal staff connection days

• Employee assistance programme including access to free online counselling and CBT

• Cross organisation staff group dedicated to wellbeing that runs activities to support social connection, mental and physical health.

• Team of mental health first aiders

Equity, diversity and inclusion

• Regular EDI learning sessions and events connected to religious holidays, social awareness days and cultural celebrations.

• Access to EDI training and development sessions

• Opportunity to join a cross organisation staff EDI Forum, with leads for gender, LGBTQ+, Race and Disability and Neurodiversity

• EDI SharePoint with resources including current affairs, podcasts, campaigns, blogs and reports.

• We are also a member of EDIS (the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Health Research Network), the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and the Proud Science Alliance, a collective of healthcare and life sciences sector LGBTQ+ networks.

Closing date for completed applications is 23:59 Sunday, 19 March 23.

Interviews (in-person and online) will take place on Friday, 24 March 23.