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Defence Science Expert Committee (DSEC) – Independent Member

Location: MoD

Date Posted: 13/03/2021

Closing Date: 13/04/2021

Vacancy Description

DSEC is the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) key source of independent advice on non-nuclear science, technology, engineering, analysis and mathematics issues, and is an Expert Committee reporting to the MOD Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA), supporting the derivation and delivery of the Department’s Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy.

DSEC is comprised of an Independent Chairman supported by up to 10 Independent Members drawn from senior academic and industrial communities. All are specialists in a branch of science, engineering, technology, analysis or medicine of relevance to defence and security, and have proven ability in working on Boards or Committees. The Committee also contains senior MOD officials, including CSA, who keep the Committee abreast of developments in MOD and facilitate contacts within MOD and the wider S&T enterprise.

The primary role of DSEC Independent Members is to provide independent, objective, timely advice, based on their own knowledge and experience. They are appointed in a personal capacity, not as representatives of their employer or any other organisation. They are all security cleared before being appointed, allowing them access to sensitive material.

Person Specification

We seek 2 DSEC Independent Members who can bring their S&T experience to bear on defence S&T policy, strategy and impact. The Independent Members will also provide challenge and insight into the S&T commissioned by CSA’s team and delivered via the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the broader defence industry. We invite applications from across the academic and industrial communities.

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a good understanding of how science, technology and innovation across the supply-chain can be applied to the needs of Defence and will provide strong evidence of a number of core skills within specific areas. We welcome applicants with expertise in all areas of science and technology, engineering, analysis and mathematics, and from candidates in other disciplines who can demonstrate they meet the selection criteria for the role.

Innovation will thrive if there is a rich mix of skills, experience, thought and approach in our people. We are passionate about diversity and would particularly welcome applications from people in under-represented groups. Please get in touch to have an informal chat.

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure suitable independence from the MOD, former MOD employees (including its Agencies and the Armed Forces) may not normally be considered for appointment to Committee until at least 12 months after their MOD employment has ceased.

Selection criteria

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they are an expert in their field, for example through overseeing an active research portfolio, their record of technical achievements in industry, or their leadership of corporate technology and engineering strategies or functions. The successful candidate will be recognised by their peers for their expertise in their field and have a track record of challenging the status quo and influencing senior decision-making at all levels of an organisation.

The successful candidate will meet one of the following criteria:

  • be a Corporate Fellow; or
  • hold a technical leadership position e.g. Chief Technical Officer; or
  • be a Fellow of a scientific or technical professional body; or
  • hold a permanent or honorary academic position; or
  • hold a prestigious long-term Fellowship.

The successful candidate will have evidence of:

  • delivering fundamental research or applied research and development (R&D), and innovative thinking in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Analysis and Mathematics), medicine and/or humanities;
  • being innovative in the application of research and/or successful pull-through of R&D;
  • real science and technology impact via business or social outcomes;
  • successful outcomes within a multidisciplinary Board or Committee environment;
    • their strong, collegiate interpersonal skills, including their ability to work collaboratively with committee members and senior stakeholders and to actively and constructively contribute to discussions;
    • applying their specialist knowledge, authority, knowledge, and breadth to complex and multi-faceted issues of defence relevance;
    • their logical and objective thinking to critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate evidence and information from diverse sources, identify key issues and make effective impartial and balanced decisions; and
    • their ability to challenge established thinking and provide insight to problems related to the future of Defence.

    Security requirements

    Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

Additional Information

A term is 3 years. A second term is possible.

How to Apply

Please complete and submit the Expression of Interest, an up to date CV, supporting statement and diversity monitoring form to the email address below.

If you have any queries on the post, require more information, or would like to discuss the role, please contact:

Adam Hunter

DSEC Secretary

Tel: 0300 159 6080

Email: DST-Strat-DSECOffice@mod.uk

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