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The British Embassy in Brussels is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic, consular and prosperity interests overseas and is now looking for a Science and Innovation (SIN) Officer in Belgium. The applicant should be able to start work in approximately October 2022.
The SIN Officer will support the delivery of the UK Government’s Science & Innovation priorities in Belgium, with a particular focus on health and life sciences, climate and energy science, and critical and emerging technologies. Belgium has a thriving science and innovation landscape with world-class research institutions and particular strengths in the life sciences, pharmaceuticals and biotech, as well as in the fields of sustainable energy and digital and emerging technologies. We are looking for someone who has a good understanding of and strong interest in the Belgian or international science and innovation landscape and who is able to identify and spot opportunities to drive forward UK and Belgian collaboration in these areas.
The jobholder will be expected to get to grips quickly with UK science, technology and innovation policy and objectives, in order to be able to explain and project UK science excellence and leadership in Belgium, and facilitate dialogue on shared priorities such as diversity in science. They will part of the SIN Europe network, a welcoming and expert team, and will work closely with SIN managers based in Paris and The Hague.
The jobholder will sit within the Political and Public Diplomacy (PPD) team in the Embassy, which engages the Government of Belgium and provides reporting, analysis and external communications to support a range of UK interests in Belgium, including economic, security, climate change and foreign policy. The jobholder will also work closely with the Embassy’s trade and investment team. As such this is an exciting opportunity to support the UK’s ambitious agenda in Belgium, at a fascinating time following the UK’s departure from the EU.
Information on the UK’s Science and Innovation Network
The UK is a global leader in science and innovation. International collaboration is essential to maintaining the excellence of the UK’s research base. The UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) has approximately 100 officers in over 40 countries/territories around the world, engaging with the local science and innovation community in support of UK policy overseas and creating strategic relationships to build partnerships and collaborations on science and innovation.
The work of the UK S&I Network is guided by the following objectives:
The network focusses on the three main thematic areas of science and innovation:
More information on the UK Science & Innovation Network is available at UK Science and Innovation Network - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Roles and responsibilities:
The job description is subject to change and may evolve over time in response to changing circumstances (such as external events or political priorities). The role exists as part of a team and all staff are expected to be flexible in supporting colleagues, particularly at busy times.
The job of an Embassy is to understand the country it operates in. The job-holder may be required to travel to different parts of Belgium to engage with interlocutors as necessary. We encourage our staff to share their expertise and insights on Belgium, particularly across the areas on which the Embassy focusses, in order to deepen our understanding and promote a culture of learning.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
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