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The British Embassy, Science and Innovation Officer, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 9080

Sat, October 4, 2014

The UK Government employs a global Science and Innovation Network which engages the local science and innovation community in support of UK policy. The network of officers creates strategic relationships to harness the value of science and innovation discoveries and investments overseas. The Science and Innovation Network objectives are: 

• Stimulate strategic science collaborations to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals 
• Improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges 
• Influence science and innovation policies of governments, industry and academia to benefit the UK 
• Harness international technology partnerships and investment to grow UK innovation capability

The Science and Innovation (S&I) team based at the British Consulate-General, Houston is seeking a Science and Innovation Officer to join a two-person team led by the Head of Science and Innovation. The Houston team is one of seven S&I teams throughout the US coordinated by the British Embassy in Washington, DC. The core objective of this job is to represent UK science and innovation interests in the six-state region of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. This position will liaise closely with the other seven teams, as well as with other teams within the Consulate General – particularly UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Press and Public Affairs (PPA) teams. 

Job Requirements 
• Conduct independent investigation on UK and US research priorities and attend topical seminars or events to inform the team’s strategy and develop new projects aligned with team and UK priorities 
• Expand the team’s expertise and contact base by visiting universities, meeting with industry representatives, local government officials, and liaising with research organisations throughout the six-state region 
• Support visits from high-level UK visitors (such as Ministers, high level officials, notable academics) through identifying appropriate contacts, co-ordinating meetings and travel, providing relevant briefing 
• Work with local and Embassy communications teams to promote UK science excellence and S&I network activity through traditional and social media 
• Manage project agendas, logistics, and finance processes through to successful completion 
• Contribute to reporting requests from UK stakeholders (including senior scientists, UK policy makers, and Government Ministers) for concise reports on aspects of science & innovation policies and programmes in the US 
• Maintain team budget, track team outcomes, and produce quarterly reporting 
• Support broader Consulate initiatives that drive UK prosperity 

Development opportunities: 
• A resourceful and motivated individual will be able to effectively leverage this position to build a professional brand and to carve out a niche expertise for themselves 
• Relevant training and development will also be available, including the possibility of work shadowing in other US S&I posts 
• A strong performing post-holder will be given the opportunity to travel to the UK to meet relevant stakeholders and gain first-hand experience of the UK science and innovation policy context and ecosystem 

• 2-5 years of related professional experience 
• A minimum of a bachelors degree, preferably in science, engineering, or policy 
• Enthusiasm for science, science policy, and the internationalisation of science 
• Strong investigative skills and confident identifying emerging areas of interest 
• Networking skills and the ability to develop a wide range of contacts across academia, government, and industry 
• Good communication skills (oral and written) with the ability to produce clear and concise reporting 
• Ability to deliver projects, manage finances, and demonstrate a proficiency in MS Office applications 
• Reliable, positive and open to new ways of working 
• Highly motivated, organised, and resourceful 
• Effective team player capable of working with local and remote teams 
Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy Network may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance. 

*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas. 

The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package. 



BTT Gateway Job ID 9080 

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