Applications are now closed.

We are looking for a Research Officer to join our team on a six-month post to cover a secondment with the possibility of a short extension, ideally starting towards the end of October.

Role: Research Officer (six-month post to cover a secondment with the possibility of a short extension)

Salary: circa £34K per annum

This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in the high-profile area of bioethics.

The Research Officer (RO) will primarily be working on the Council’s new in-depth inquiry into the future of ageing, which will explore the ethical implications of the emerging role of science and technology in helping people live well in old age.

This is an excellent opportunity to be involved at the early stages of the project where the focus and direction are shaped. It will involve supporting an Assistant Director in carrying out relevant research, drafting background papers, and organising working group and fact finding meetings. The RO will also be involved in the public engagement side of the project and will be working on what this may involve and how it can be integrated into the work.

This is a hugely varied and interesting role which will enable the RO to gain experience of a wide range of research, writing and project-based activities. For example, in the past, research tasks have involved literature reviews, one-to-one interviews and survey response analysis, and writing tasks have included developing background papers and drafting blog posts. The RO will work closely with the academics, clinicians and other experts who sit on the Council’s committees and with varied groups of external stakeholders.

Research for these activities will involve both desk research and discussions with experts and stakeholders. In addition, the RO will contribute to the general activities of the research teams, which include managing information resources, and they may be asked to help out with other projects from time to time.

The candidate will require a relevant degree (for example in biological sciences, medicine, philosophy, law or social science) and knowledge of bioethical issues. Good communication skills and experience of research, drafting and event organisation is essential.

The salary will be in the range of c £34K (depending on skills and experience).

This is a full-time position working 35 hours a week. At the moment we are working remotely, and changes to this will depend on Government advice.

Applications are now closed.

Applications should consist of a CV, covering letter and the following task:

A short account, maximum 300 words suitable for a non-specialist reader, setting out the ethical issues raised by the emerging role of science and technology in helping people live well in old age.

Further information on this topic can be found on our website here.

Interviews: 15 October

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