International Officer

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

We deliver world class research, innovation and skills for the UK. We combine world-class facilities including the Central Laser Facility, the Hartree Centre, ISIS and RAL Space, with major international collaborations with organisations such as CERN and some of the world’s most talented staff. Our Laboratories at Harwell, Oxfordshire and Daresbury, Cheshire are positioned at the heart of a joint venture initiative to stimulate innovation and growth.

About the role

The Strategy, Planning and Communications Directorate (SPC) is responsible for STFC’s overall strategy, communications and stakeholder relations and for managing and providing support for the Advisory Boards to Council. To operate effectively in a complex policy and funding environment, STFC must actively manage its relationship with external stakeholders.

The prime purpose of the post is to assist with the delivery of STFC's corporate international relationships, working in a team with a European Programme Support Officer, two Programme Managers and the Head of Stakeholder and International Relations. The goal of the team is to ensure that STFC maintains a high profile with existing and potential new international partners and that STFC's goals and ambitions are understood by other stakeholders including the other Research Councils and future partner organisations in UKRI.

You will play a key role in achieving this goal. You’ll develop an understanding of STFC’s international priorities and the priorities of our external stakeholders and communicate these priorities to STFC’s internal and external stakeholders. You will also help STFC and the research councils develop a national roadmap for sustainable leading-edge research infrastructure. You will provide administrative support to the international team, such as coordinating VIP visits relevant to promoting international relationships and developing briefings for STFC and government on STFC’s international interests. You will also provide support in understanding and disseminating opportunities for international collaboration to STFC’s academic communities and its own researchers, e.g. through GCRF and future European opportunities

You will provide advice and guidance to colleagues across STFC on international engagement and identify new opportunities to engage with external stakeholders. You will work closely with the rest of the team and sometimes be expected to deputise for the Programme Managers.

About you

Our international activities are rapidly evolving and we’re looking for someone who is proactive, self-motivated and flexible to help us keep ahead. There will be times when you are working on your own and others when you’ll be part of a team, which could be with colleagues from STFC but may also involve working across the Research Councils. Often you will face competing priorities and deadlines so the ability to prioritise is essential.

Much of what we do requires excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with stakeholders across a range of disciplines and levels of seniority is a must. You will be able to demonstrate great written and oral communication and be a good listener. Understanding our stakeholders is important, as is the ability to problem solve and analyse situations and information to be able to offer insight and recommendations.

It is essential that you are able to accommodate some out of hours working and also have the ability to undertake some travelling within the UK and overseas.

It’s beneficial if you have experience of issues relating to communicating with specialised audiences as well as having a background or an interest in science, politics and/or scientific policy making. Knowledge of international research policy and/or the processes of government and/or the role of Research Councils within the UK science base would also be favourable.

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