ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge advisory group member vacancies

Closing date 7 April 2021 16:00
Time commitment A minimum of 4 days a year
Number of positions 7
Length of service 12 months+
Start date 13 July 2021

Provide strategic leadership and guidance on ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge activity.

Who can apply

You must have:

  • leadership experience
  • strategic delivery experience
  • technical expertise in the development and deployment of batteries or other relevant research and development (R&D) and capital intensive technologies.

You must have experience in at least one of the following sectors:

  • maritime
  • aerospace
  • rail
  • defence
  • built environment
  • off-highway automotive
  • risk investment.

We will select applicants from a range of:

  • Faraday Battery Challenge stakeholder groups
  • areas of expertise
  • institutions
  • regions.

The role

The ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge team are working to develop world-leading battery technologies, designed and manufactured in the UK.

The advisory group provides strategic leadership and guidance on ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge activity. This ensures wide stakeholder support and transparency.

As a member, you will help:

  • advise and challenge the programme’s work plans
  • review progress and analyse gaps
  • align research, innovation and scale up to maximise outcomes
  • create an atmosphere of sharing and debate, to identify proposals for the board to consider
  • identify priorities
  • decide how the programme will develop over time to make sure it remains strategic
  • provide expert advice on the programme’s activities
  • comment on timeliness and appropriateness of activities
  • advise on risks, offering recommendations for improvement
  • advise on challenges, opportunities, technology roadmaps and capabilities that exist or may arise in the relevant market sectors and closely related sectors
  • recommend topics for round-tables
  • recommend mechanisms for improved integration of outcomes
  • recommend initiatives for future long-term investigation
  • oversee individual activities and programmes in the research institute and scale-up centres
  • provide quality assurance and strategic alignment
  • develop a relationship with associate members, exchanging lessons in leadership and governance.

Time commitment

The advisory group meets four times a year.


This is not a salaried position.

You will be reimbursed for any travel and subsistence expenses. See UKRI’s travel and subsistence policy (PDF, 162KB).

How to apply

Apply through SmartSurvey.

The deadline is 7 April 2021 16:00.

Do not apply more than once. You must select one sector.

You must provide evidence, for your selected sector, that you:

  • have advanced technical expertise in at least one of the following:
    • advancing knowledge which can lead to new technologies
    • developing new technologies
    • investing in new technologies
    • scaling-up new technologies
    • deployment of new technologies
  • can lead transformational change
  • can take a strategic overview of at least one of the following issues related to the use, development or deployment of batteries or another relevant technology that is R&D and capital intensive:
    • discovery, development and deploying of technologies at scale
    • skills and training
    • international context
    • supply chain
    • investing in new technologies
    • innovation
    • commercialisation
    • infrastructure
    • working across disciplines
    • policy and regulation
  • can represent the views of the research, innovation and business community and ensure that the Faraday Battery Challenge is acting in the best interests of the UK
  • are prepared to develop and constructively question the Faraday Battery Challenge
  • can work in a changeable multi-stakeholder environment
  • have enough time for the role
  • have support from your organisation.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

UKRI is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. This includes being open and transparent in the appointment process and providing equal opportunities, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns.

All applications will be treated fairly. We welcome applications from all.

We are keen to achieve a balanced membership in terms of diversity, geography and research organisation type.

Where candidates are of equal merit, applications may be prioritised from candidates based on equality, diversity and inclusion best practice.


For further information about the vacancies, the work of the Faraday Battery Challenge or on the recruitment process, email:

Last updated: 30 March 2021

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