Senior and public appointments

We recruit for both senior and public appointments. These include members of the UKRI Board, Executive Chairs, part-time office holders and all other senior roles across UKRI at Band X and Y (equivalent to Senior Civil Service).

We employ a strong focus on equality, diversity and inclusion, ensuring recruitment that is diverse, fair and open, creating equal opportunity at all times. Please note, public appointments are ultimately made by the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology.


Director of Adolescent Health Study

Closing date
19 February 2024
Salary
Up to £160,000 each year (depending on skills and experience)
Contract type
Flexibility to offer fixed-term, secondment or permanent

Minimum commitment required: 36 months

Hours
Minimum 0.4 full-time equivalent
Grade
UKRI X
Interview date
19 March 2024
Outcomes communicated
Date to be confirmed

This is a unique opportunity to lead the Adolescent Health Study, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) through the UK Research and Innovation Infrastructure Fund.

You will help fill the current critical gap in population-based studies during adolescence.

You will also play a key role in establishing a robust strategy to successfully deliver the £62 million project, which will enable researchers to understand the health and developmental trajectories of adolescents in the 2020s.


Chief of External Affairs and Communications

Closing date
3 March 2024
Salary
To be confirmed
Contract type
Open-ended
Hours
Full-time
Grade
UKRI Y
Interview date
May 2024
Outcomes communicated
To be confirmed

Reporting to our CEO Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, you will serve as a member of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Executive Committee and will advise senior leaders across the organisation.

Leading and developing a strong team, you will focus on delivering integrated communications and engagement across both external and internal audiences.

You will have deep strategic thinking, agility, and the ability to develop and implement strategies that will enhance UKRI’s performance and build an understanding of our role and advocacy from our stakeholder communities.


STFC Executive Chair

Closing date
6 March 2024
Salary
To be confirmed
Contract type
Fixed-term. An initial period of four to six years (to be discussed in the interview)
Hours
Full-time. However, the role could be reduced to four days per week to allow for research activity
Grade
Executive Chair
Interview date
To be confirmed
Outcomes communicated
To be confirmed

We are seeking an inspirational leader with international standing, scientific credibility, and a proven track record in leadership to be the next Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

The Executive Chair will continue to develop and deliver the UK’s research and innovation infrastructure roadmap on behalf of UKRI. This will involve:

  • maintaining a deep understanding of the UK’s research and innovation infrastructure, both domestically and internationally
  • consulting with the wider research and innovation community in the UK to identify and agree on future investment priorities

Non-Executive Director, Diamond Light Source Ltd

Closing date
25 March 2024, 11:59pm UK time
Salary
£5,000 each year. Travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed
Contract type
The successful candidate will be appointed for an initial term of four years with the possibility of reappointment
Hours
Part-time
Grade
Part-time office holder
Interview date
29 April 2024
Outcomes communicated
To be confirmed

Director of UK ATC and Head of Royal Observatory Edinburgh site

Closing date
1 April 2024, 11:59pm UK time
Salary
£87,565 to £99,000 each year, depending on skills and experience
Contract type
Permanent (open-ended)
Hours
Full time (37 hours). We support flexible working. We encourage applicants to have a conversation with us to discuss full-time equivalent and flexible or compressed hours
Grade
UKRI X
Interview date
25 April 2024
Outcomes communicated
To be confirmed

STFC is seeking a visionary director to lead the next phase of development for our department, providing clear strategy and collaborative leadership.

As Head of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh site and leader of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC), the successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • financial insight
  • international leadership skills
  • a proven track record in guiding large teams

Responsibilities include:

  • managing budgets
  • collaborating with senior professionals
  • fostering strategic partnerships for national and international astronomy projects

Chief Executive Officer, UKRI

Closing date
2 April 2024 midday
Salary
Competitive
Contract type
Term of three to four years with opportunity for reappointment
Hours (for example: full or part-time)
Full-time
Grade
UKRI Y
Interview date
To be confirmed
Outcomes
To be confirmed

We are looking for an outstanding organisational leader who will ensure UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) delivers government research priorities, including notably across the UK’s portfolio of five critical technologies.

As our next Chief Executive Officer, your decisions will have long-lasting impact, driving benefits of research and Innovation for the UK and ensuring global reach.

As Chief Executive Officer you will provide leadership to our 8,000 staff, and to an organisation comprising nine councils: the seven research councils, Research England and Innovate UK.

Last updated: 22 February 2024

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