For the purpose of this group, we consider RTPs as: an individual with specialist knowledge in one or more research techniques or methods employed specifically to contribute their expertise to multiple research projects.
For this role, BBSRC considers RTPs across all disciplines, provided they support and underpin bioscience. This may include, but is not limited to:
- technical professional staff
- individuals staffing core facilities
- data scientists
- data engineers
- software developers
- audiovisual technologists
Members based in academia should be working on one or more of the following:
- a BBSRC-funded grant
- working at, or in collaboration with, a BBSRC-funded strategic institute
- undertaking research within the BBSRC portfolio at the time of application to the subgroup
Members working in industry should be working for a company with which BBSRC has an established relationship, or a company with intent to develop a collaborative partnership with BBSRC.
All members should have experience of a working relationship with BBSRC or a research council including Innovate UK and Research England, in the role of either an employer, a partner organisation, or a funder.
Across the subgroup as a whole, we aim to include the following experiences of members:
- working as a BBSRC-funded RTP in an academic environment
- working in an industrial environment
- working in a business, enterprise, or innovation environment
- engaging with both researchers and the wider scientific community (for example, policymakers, funders, science communicators, those supporting innovation etc.)
- RTPs supporting and underpinning scientific topics across the breadth of BBSRC’s portfolio
We will ensure equality and diversity in the group including diversity of individuals through career, demography, and location alongside diversity of thought. We aim to have a representative group of the biological sciences sector, and aim to work proactively to ensure representation and inclusivity of opportunity.
The desired attributes of members sought are:
- personal effectiveness, where the individual:
- is empowered to use their own initiative and empowers others to do the same
- plans effectively and realistically
- keeps to commitments made, such as attending quarterly meetings and responding to papers in preparation for the meeting, and explaining when they cannot be met
- prioritises well, balancing importance and urgency to deliver what is required on time
- has genuine interest in effecting change and influencing BBSRC strategy
- communication, where the individual:
- communicates effectively and flexibly, varying style for audience, setting and level in the organisation
- is able to persuade and influence audiences at varying levels of seniority
- seeks and respects other people’s opinions and perspectives, is open to suggestions
- deals assertively and fairly with disagreement, conflict and challenge
- is receptive and open to feedback
- puts across difficult concepts simply, concisely and clearly
- working with others (collaborating and partnering), where the individual:
- is able to build networks with stakeholders from a range of sectors
- is able to work effectively, confidently and diplomatically with a diverse range of stakeholders
- promotes collaboration and cross-functional working
- holds equality, diversity and inclusion at the core of discussions and decisions that they share
Please note that it is not expected that all of the experiences and attributes sought will be found in each member, particularly where individuals are early in their career. Therefore, having gaps in the criteria may not adversely affect your application, and we strongly encourage such individuals to apply.
We would also like you to highlight any knowledge of the Technician Commitment and if you have any experiences associated with Technician Commitment activities, such as:
- improving research culture for technicians
- career development or skills development for technicians etc.
Career breaks and flexible working
We welcome applications from RTPs of all career stages and career pathways. Time spent outside the active research and business environment, whether through career breaks or flexible working, will not adversely affect your application and such individuals are therefore encouraged to apply. You can indicate any substantive periods of absence within your application if you wish.