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Current opportunities to join an advisory committee, panel or network.

MRC Infections and Immunity Board Chair vacancy

Closing date
27 June 2022, 16:00 UK time
Candidates selected for interview
Late July – early August 2022
Start date
1 April 2023

The Medical Research Council’s (MRC) five research boards are a primary means through which the MRC discharges its mission. Comprised of independent experts from across the UK and international landscape, the boards oversee the MRC’s scientific portfolio and each board has an annual budget of around £30-40m to support new research; they also play a key role in the development of MRC’s scientific strategy.

MRC is currently looking for a new chair for the Infections and Immunity Board to commence their appointment on 1 April 2023.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • ensure effective delivery of MRC scientific strategy through funding decisions, in conjunction with Research Programmes Group (RPG) staff
  • working with the Board and Head Office staff, ensure that the MRC strategy relevant to IIB is aligned to the evolving landscape and maximises opportunities for the UK research community
  • membership of MRC Strategy Board and MRC Major Investments Board, which are chaired by the Executive Chair and is responsible for developing and refining MRC’s overarching strategy
  • provide scientific oversight and direction for MRC units, centres, and initiatives with activities relevant to the IIB portfolio.

Find out more: MRC Infections and Immunity Board Chair vacancy

BBSRC Pool of Experts and Follow-on Fund Committee

Closing date
25 May 2022, 16:00 UK time
Outcomes communicated
Mid December 2022
Time commitment
Up to three meetings per year for the Pool of Experts and up to two meetings per year for the Follow-on Fund Committee
Number of positions
100 for the Pool of Experts and six for the Follow-on Fund Committee
Length of service
Up to three years
Member induction and training
January or February 2023 (to be confirmed)

Peer review is a vital part of the decision making process that supports our investment in bioscience.

Members of our Pool of Experts and Follow-on Fund Committee provide expert knowledge and insight to ensure that we invest in important and high-quality research, innovation and training in the biosciences.

Through these roles, members also gain insight into the future direction of bioscience research and innovation.

As part of this programme, we aspire to better reflect the diversity and experience across the breadth of the bioscience community, spanning academia, industry and policy.

Travel and subsistence will be paid for both committees, along with an attendance fee of £170 per meeting.

NERC Digital Research Infrastructure Investment Board (DRIIB)

Closing date
25 April 2022, 16:00 UK time
Panel and interview date
Week commencing 16 May 2022
Time commitment
Two to four meetings per year, plus reading time
Number of positions
Length of service
Three years
Start date
Late May 2022

DRIIB is a new governance group of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It provides the NERC Executive with independent advice and recommendations on the strategic direction and investments associated with NERC’s digital research infrastructure portfolio.

NERC is currently seeking applicants with scientific, technical and digital infrastructure expertise to join DRIIB. Members will:

  • maintain strategic oversight of the NERC digital research infrastructure portfolio and ambitions, within the context of the UK digital research infrastructure landscape
  • make recommendations and support decision making on digital research infrastructure, aligned with NERC and UKRI strategic drivers and the needs of the environmental science community
  • consider and advise on opportunities, challenges and risks which may arise in the digital research infrastructure portfolio
  • support NERC in successfully implementing its delivery plan and forthcoming digital strategy through recommendations and progress monitoring
  • make appropriate recommendations to ensure that NERC’s data and compute policies remain fit for purpose
  • support effective engagement between NERC, UKRI and the research and stakeholder communities, including users of NERC’s digital infrastructure and users of research.

Early Career Researcher Forum

Closing date
N/A – always open
Time commitment
Up to the individual
Number of positions

Our Early Career Researcher Forum will allow you to connect with other researchers and have your say on what matters to you.

By joining, you will become part of a community that:

  • lets you input into UKRI’s strategy, policy development and decision making
  • connects you with UKRI and our partners
  • allows you to interact and build relationships with your peers, connecting you with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Last updated: 10 May 2022

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