Vacancies at the Science Council

We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

  • Registration and Licensing Executive
  • Chair of the Science Council’s Registration Authority


Registration and Licensing Executive

Hours: Full-time, 5 days a week
Salary: £25,000 p. a
Location: Farringdon, London

The Science Council sets the standards for practising scientists, through professional registration.  We believe that every scientist has a responsibility to society, and themselves, to work with integrity, keep their skills and knowledge up to date and consider how their efforts affect the world around them.

As our Registration and Licensing Executive you will be responsible for providing administrative support to the Registration and Licensing Manager and team. You will enable the team to deliver effective and efficient registration, licensing and licence support processes to ensure our various stakeholders have a positive and productive experience working with the Science Council.

You will be responsible for providing administrative and diary management support, preparing relevant information including reports and presentations, as required. You will be required to support internal and external stakeholders, building and maintaining effective relationships and ensuring relevant standards, codes of conduct and information are accessible to the science community and public. You will manage the administration and scheduling of licence reviews, assisting in the recruitment of assessors and you will be responsible for monitoring, developing and updating registration and licensing systems, to ensure databases are accurate and systems are continuously improved.

With the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, you will have strong organisational skills, and experience of providing effective administrative support to a team. You will have strong IT skills, particularly in using Excel, and will have experience of using databases/CRMS, ideally Salesforce. You will have an ability to generate trust, and maintain relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders in a customer-focused way, and a proven track record of dealing with multiple activities and changing priorities in a busy working environment.

Closing date for applications: 9am 23rd April 2019
Interview date: TBC, Farringdon
To apply: Visit the HR Services Partnership website

The Science Council is committed to equal opportunities and values diversity in its workforce.
No agencies please.


Chair of the Science Council’s Registration Authority

The Science Council is looking to appoint a new Chair of the Registration Authority (RA) to replace Dr Colin Grant CSci who will retire in August this year. The Board is seeking a successor who is committed to ensuring that the Science Council’s Licensed Bodies maintain robust and high-quality professional standards.

The RA is responsible, on behalf of the Board, for setting standards for the professional registers, auditing Licensed Bodies and ensuring the continued maintenance and operation of the registers in accordance with our Regulations. Professional registration is a mark of achievement and ongoing competence for professional scientists; and there are currently over 12,500 scientists on the registers.

The Chair will provide strategic leadership of the RA, working with Licensed Bodies and other partners in supporting the development and growth of the Science Council’s licensing standards and professional registers. The right individual will have distinguished themselves in their profession and should already hold, or be eligible for, the Chartered Scientist designation, or equivalent professional status. They will need to inspire trust and confidence in our Licensed Bodies and be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the issues facing science and the science professions.

The role will include chairing quarterly meetings of the Science Council RA and attending quarterly Board meetings to report on behalf of the RA. Please see the role description below for more details of the role and the type of individual we are hoping to identify.

Term of office

The post-holder will serve for an initial four-year term with the potential to renew for a further four years.

Time commitment

  • Between 25 and 30 days per annum, including approx 4 Board meetings and 4 RA meetings. The Council of Members meet up to 3 times per year to which the Chair is encouraged to attend. The majority of meetings will be in central London.
  • In addition to these meetings other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary with the Chair of the Board and Science Council staff.

Further information

More information about the role can be found here. Please submit your application by 5pm on Friday 29th March.  Following the closing date, candidates will be shortlisted and interviewed (interviews will take place on the 8th May) and the successful candidate will be appointed by the Board at its meeting on Tuesday 21st May.

If you are interested in the role and would like more information or a discussion, please contact Oli O’Hanlon prior to the closing date. This will play no part in the selection process.


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.