Job vacancies at the Science Council

Applicant Support Mentors (Freelance)

Do you have experience of assessing against key standards or criteria? Do you want to practice your mentoring skills?

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. We set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians, across all scientific disciplines. Scientists that meet our standards may use the designation CSci, CSciTeach, RSci or RSciTech after their name.

The Science Council is also a membership organisation made up of professional bodies and learned societies from across the full range of science based disciplines.

Applicant Support Mentors will support and mentor applicants to successfully apply and become registered Scientists or Science Technicians.

You will do this by

  • Providing 121 guidance to applicants to discuss and support them in progressing their application. These are generally 10 minute slots usually by phone or as agreed with the applicant e.g Skype.
  • Providing support through delivering workshops designed to encourage those who are interested in registration to apply, and those who are applying to complete their competence report effectively.
  • Providing formative feedback to applicants on complete or nearly completed competence reports, and by supporting those resubmitting an application following assessment to improve their competence report.

We are looking for applicant support mentors in different locations across the UK to enable the Science Council to best support a range of applicants.  The hours of work will vary depending on the number and location of applicants and workshops but is likely to be between 10 and 30 hours per month.

  • This would be a home-based role, with some travel required to meet and support applicants and workshops.
  • You would be provided with the materials to deliver workshops, 121s or competence report reviews.
  • You will be given contact details of prospective Registrants who require individual support who are in the application system and will schedule times to suit, within an agreed completion date.
  • You will be provided with details of employers who would like workplace workshops and will schedule times to suit the employer and yourself. You will be provided with locations and a timscale within which to run an open workshop.  Once dates have been agreed the Science Council will invite applicants to attend.
  • You will be provided with access to the system where you can read competence reports and provide written formative feedback. You will be asked to complete and provide the feedback normally within a week.
  • Attendance at the Science Council office (in Central London) will be required for training and reviews. There will be an initial office based induction and requirement to come to the office once a quarter for updates and meetings and performance discussions.


Performance of the contract will be monitored by the Science Council, (based on

  • Pass rate for applicants
  • On time completion of allocated work
  • Applicants satisfaction
  • Employer satisfaction
  • Volume of work completed

Requirements / skills

  • Experience of assessing against key standards or criteria, and providing constructive and actionable feedback
  • Excellent communication skills, warm and approachable
  • Experience of and ideally training/qualified in delivering training or workshops to adult learners as a facilitator
  • Reliable, with a strong sense of responsibility and accountability
  • Pragmatic and agile: to cope well with changes
  • Results orientated
  • Available and flexible to work to the needs of employers and applicants
  • An interest in Science is advantageous but not essential

What we offer

  • £120 per workshop (including preparation and travel).  Travel expenses will be covered in addition.
  • £8 per 121 support session provided and £12 per competence report review and feedback.
  • Out of pocket expenses will be covered, and admin support for travel arrangements will be made available

Training in the registration criteria will be provided in a compulsory one day workshop in London.

If you are interested in this contract, please submit your CV and covering letter to by Friday 12th January 2018.

Interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 15th January.


Volunteering at the Science Council

If you are a registered scientist and would like to volunteer for us we are keen to welcome Assessors or Registrant Champions. If you would like to volunteer with us working in the Science Council office please email us with your CV and a covering note explaining what sort of experience you would welcome.

If you would like to join our Board or Committees please email an expression of interest to us with your CV.