Council for Science and Technology - Members x8

Body: Council for Science and Technology
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Science & Technology
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 8
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: The Council generally meets four times a year in Central London, with occasional ad hoc meetings with Ministers.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    W/C 17.09.19 and W/C 25.09.19 - This is subject to change

  • Final Interview Date

    W/C 30.10.19, W/C 04.11.19 and W/C 20.11.19 - This is subject to change

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) is the Government’s top-level advisory body on science and technology issues. It reports directly to the Prime Minister on matters of science and technology that cut across the responsibilities of government departments. It is co-chaired by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and an independent appointee.

The Council:

The Council is looking to renew its membership from January 2020. We are looking for eight new members from:

  • business – large and small; across industry sectors: applications from technology manufacturing, digital services, and the financial sector would be particularly welcome;
  • not-for-profit organisations with a research or ‘science and society’ focus;
  • academia

The role of CST members is to bring a variety of perspectives from senior people within academia, business and the voluntary sector to help Government in developing and delivering sound evidence-based policy. The Council members work on a wide breath of issues and will need the ability to work across disciplines. The Council will consult regularly with Government on its work programme.

Job description:

The role of CST members is to work with the chairs, the secretariat and other members to develop advice to the Prime Minister on:

The opportunities and risks that science, technology and disruptive innovation present; using horizon scanning to highlight issues about:

  • research and science capability;
  • innovation and the economy;
  • health and quality of life within the UK;
  • sustainable development and resilience;
  • how science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) can be developed and sustained in the UK; this can be through education and skills, and the promotion of international co-operation;
  • what the government’s high-level priorities for science and technology should be.

During their time on the Council, each member will be expected to actively lead work that provides useful advice to the PM. This may involve:

  • Project scoping: forming subgroups to define project scopes, involvement in discussions with officials, stakeholders and at CST meetings and putting forward new ideas
  • Stakeholder engagement: advising on relevant expertise, attending meetings with stakeholders across government, academia and industry, participating in conference calls and using existing networks to inform advice
  • Working with other members and the secretariat to develop a final output to the Prime Minister and other senior figures in government: providing input and advice, reviewing and commenting on drafts and approving final versions
  • The Council will consult regularly with Government on its work programme.

Person Specification

Members will be expected to contribute actively to both the Council’s policy agenda and to nurture links across the Council’s extensive network of senior stakeholders. They will need to work effectively with, and command the confidence of, the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Government Ministers, and those at the highest level within the research community, business and the public services. Members must at all times observe the highest standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to the advice they provide.


  • Credibility at national level in their specific fields (whether business, the not-for-profit sector, or academia);
  • The ability to develop  a strategic understanding of the policy issues relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM);
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to develop and influence senior networks across government and with relevant stakeholders;
  • Ability to operate at the interface between disciplines, bring together different perspectives, evaluate options and to develop evidence-based solutions;
  • Personal and political sensitivity when working with colleagues, government and external parties.


  • Previous experience of working with or advising government would be helpful.

Additional Information

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

BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 2nd August 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please send your applications including CV, supporting statement, diversity form (attached) and applicant pack (attached) to


This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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