Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Impact Evidence Manager
Interview date: 29th January 2021
Every year, BBSRC (part of UK Research and Innovation, UKRI) invests over £450 million in world-class bioscience research, innovation and training. Impact can arise from everything BBSRC invests in, from research addressing strategic challenges, curiosity-driven frontier bioscience, and the development of transformative technologies pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery. These impact stories provide assurance to key stakeholders, refine our policy and practice and inform future strategy.
Purpose of the role:
You will form part of the Strategic Planning, Evidence & Engagement domain (SPEE) and report into the Senior Manager, Impact Evidence. The role forms a key part of developing a robust evidence base to showcase the impacts arising from BBSRC research and innovation investments. The impact stories you identify, research and write will complement other forms of evidence generated by the wider team; including portfolio analysis, evaluation, benefits realisation and economic analysis. Your narratives will bring examples of the BBSRC’s research and innovation activities to life for a range of audiences (government, industry, public, academic) through diverse and engaging case studies and other content.
Visit our website to find out more about recent bioscience impacts.
Main job activities:
- Identify and collate ideas for suitable topics within impact evidence, drawing on BBSRC datasets and through connecting with subject matter experts within BBSRC
- Lead on producing specific impact case studies aligned to the themes set out in the BBSRC strategic vision; including background research, interviewing researchers and publication of the content
- Develop other forms of impact evidence as required. These could include timelines, impact summaries or slides, as well as in-depth analyses of internal and/or external data etc
- Build relationships with internal BBSRC users of impact evidence to understand their needs and contribute to improving the processes of the team
- Manage the internal communication of all impact case studies produced by the impact evidence team. Build and maintain a strong working relationship with the BBSRC and UKRI teams responsible for external communication, to identify impact case studies aligned to the BBSRC Comms plan and strategic messaging
- Support colleagues to create or improve their own case studies
- Contribute to group and office wide activities, for example, attending BBSRC, Cross-Council and external meetings and deputising for colleagues within the team.
Shortlisting criteria (S) interview Criteria (I) or both (S&I)
- Degree in a biological or related subject, and/or previous relevant experience (S)
- Strong research skills, able to understand complex ideas and data, identifying, connecting and synthesising relevant information and summarising effectively (S&I)
- Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to present complex scientific information confidently and concisely under tight deadlines (S)
- An understanding of how to communicate impact in a research context across a range of different channels to multiple non-specialist audiences (e.g. researchers, funders, policy makers and the public) (I)
- Effective interpersonal skills (liaison, networking, negotiation), with experience of quickly building effective working relationships with people at all levels, both within the organisation and externally (S&I)
- A team player, with good organisational skills, able to plan and prioritise own work while contributing to wider team activities and priorities as required (S)
- Resilient, flexible, proactive, creative - able to work on your own initiative to find effective solutions to problems as they arise (S&I)
- Understanding the aims and objectives of BBSRC (I)
- Willingness to travel in UK and abroad, including occasional overnight (or longer) absences (I).
- Master’s degree in a biological or related subject, and/or previous relevant professional experience (S)
- Formal training in Science Communication (S).
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. We are the UK's largest public funder of research of the non-medical biosciences, and our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.
Funded by Government, we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. The research and the people that we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact, see: https://bbsrc.ukri.org/
For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes, see https://bbsrc.ukri.org/research/institutes/strategically-funded-institutes/
How to Apply
Online applications only for this role.
Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for BBSRC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.
Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. More information can be found at https://www.ukri.org/.
- Organisation: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Contract Type: Open Ended
- External Closing Date: Jan 17, 2021
- Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 31,305
- Hours: Full-time