Member of the Forestry Commission Expert Committee on Forest Science - Biologist

Body: Forestry Commission (FC)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Various
Skills required: Business / Commercial, International Experience, Major Projects
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: None
Time Requirements: 2 x two-day meetings per year, plus occasional extra involvements (e.g. quarterly brief teleconferences). Meetings are held in each of the devolved nations and will focus on review of a particular area of forest science, including where relevant, site visits to experiments or other study sites

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    29/09/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Forestry Commission Expert Committee on Forest Science makes a significant contribution to the development of forest science in the UK. This is at a time of unprecedented interest in the benefits which forestry can provide to society, the importance of objective evidence in guiding choices, and new working relationships between devolved administrations.

The Committee are seeking a molecular biologist, plant physiologist or plant geneticist with research interests and experience relevant to the forestry sector in the UK. The appointee will be an individual with recognised standing within their broad field. As a committee member, they will be expected to contribute to the work of the committee in reviewing and providing feedback and guidance on applied research, particularly in relation to tree biology, physiology and genetics applicable to the current and future management of the UK public and private forestry estate.

Membership of the committee will allow access to some leading UK forest scientists and provide insights into the latest thinking – and unique opportunities to shape the future research agenda.

As member of the Forestry Commission Expert Committee on Forest Science you will have responsibility for:

• Participating in the activities of the ECFS – including assessing the quality and relevance of current research.

• Providing insights into role of physiology, genetics, and biological interactions with the environment in the development of the forestry research agenda

• Suggesting ways in which the impact of research could be enhanced.

• Contributing to shaping future research programmes and ways in which knowledge exchange is undertaken

• Helping report the committee’s advice to the Forestry Commissioners including alerting them to new evidence likely to have an impact on current policy and practice.

• Providing informal advice to researchers seeking to make links with other workers in the biological sciences field

• Contributing as an individual and not as a specific organisational representative

Person Specification

The successful applicant must have:

• A proven track record of research and publication in the field of biological sciences, preferably with a focus on tree biology, physiology or genetics.

• A background understanding of UK land use, forestry and familiarity with the work of Forest Research

• Interest in the application of research findings to policy or practice.

And have -:
• Enthusiasm for new ideas and curiosity to explore new concepts.

• Ability to engage confidently and positively in debate and discussion.

• Membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. The Royal Society of Biology; The Genetics Society; British Ecological Society}

Additional Information

The committee member will be appointed for a term of 3 years. A maximum of two terms may be served. Expenses will be paid in line with Forestry Commission policy.

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)

• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 17.00 on Tuesday 29 September 2020. Email to quoting reference ECFS/MB.

For further information please email:

For informal enquiries on being a committee member – contact Sarah Formosa (

1_Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and CoI Questionnaire)
2_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Questionnaire)

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

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