Funding Panel vacancies

Our Funding Panels are responsible for assessing the scientific excellence and 3Rs impact of diverse, innovative applications for research and career development funding, and advising the budget holder on funding decisions. Each Panel acts as a single decision-making body, with all members sharing collective responsibility for its decisions.

We are currently inviting applications from talented researchers to become Panel members from January 2020 for the following Panels:

  • Grant Assessment Panel
  • Skills and Knowledge Transfer Assessment Panel
  • Studentship Assessment Panel
  • Training Fellowship Assessment Panel

The deadline for applications is 4pm, 14 November 2019.

Prospective panel members must have both permission and support from their host institution before applying.

Current vacancies

For this recruitment round, we are looking for Panel members with expertise in the following areas:

Disciplines and techniques
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Computational/ in silico modelling
  • Diabetes/ pancreas
  • Experimental design and statistical analysis
  • Genome editing (e.g. CRISPR-Cas9)
  • In vitro models including bioengineering and complex 3D cell models
  • Non-mammalian models incl. Drosophila spp., Zebrafish, G. mellonella
  • Pharmacology/ Toxicology
  • Oncology
  • Stem cell biology
  • Tissue engineering

Applications are particularly welcomed from individuals who also have:

  • Industry experience
  • Interdisciplinary expertise
  • Experience of commercialisation of life sciences research e.g. spin-outs or start-ups.

If you have any queries, or you would like further information, please email recruit@nc3rs.org.uk

Person Specification | Selection Criteria | CommitmentInduction for successful candidatesHow to apply | Key dates | Related Documents


Person specification

Applications are sought from committed senior scientists, who have relevant experience and expertise, to become NC3Rs Panel members.

Applicants should be based in leading UK or European research organisations, including from the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Chemical, Agrochemical and Industry sectors.

We ask that prospective Panel members have a sound knowledge of experimental design and statistical approaches and have undertaken unconscious bias training.

Our Panel members demonstrate:

  • A commitment to the mission and objectives of the NC3Rs 
  • A good understanding of the use of animals in research and an interest in the development of all three ‘Rs’
  • A productive track record in research related to one of the areas specified below
  • Significant experience of contributing to peer review processes
  • A proven ability to exercise judgement across a broad spectrum of research issues including those outside their main areas of expertise
  • A successful track record in applying for and obtaining major grant funding over a number of years (not essential for applicants from Industry)
  • An ability to work effectively within the public sector requirements for accountability and openness, and within financial constraints

For this recruitment round, we are looking for Panel members with expertise in the following areas:

Disciplines and techniques
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Computational/ in silico modelling
  • Diabetes/ pancreas
  • Experimental design and statistical analysis
  • Genome editing (e.g. CRISPR-Cas9)
  • In vitro models including bioengineering and complex 3D cell models
  • Non-mammalian models incl. Drosophila spp., Zebrafish, G. mellonella
  • Pharmacology/ Toxicology
  • Oncology
  • Stem cell biology
  • Tissue engineering

Applications are particularly welcomed from individuals who also have:

  • Industry experience
  • Interdisciplinary expertise
  • Experience of commercialisation of life sciences research e.g. spin-outs or start-ups.

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Selection criteria

The following general criteria will be used for shortlisting:

  • Scientific ‘fit’ for the vacancy
  • Breadth of knowledge
  • Appropriate level of experience
  • Geographic location - we are seeking broad representation across the Panels
  • Gender and ethnicity balance

Assessment of your suitability for the role will be made on the information provided in your application form and CV.

The NC3Rs values the diverse skills and experience of the members of its Panels and is committed to achieving equality of treatment and to creating an environment that encourages excellence in scientific research; all individuals shall have equal opportunities for advancement on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and abilities. 

The NC3Rs particularly welcomes applications from currently under-represented groups: female candidates, ethnic minority candidates and candidates with disabilities.

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Commitment

For each of our funding schemes there is one call for applications per year. Further information on the assessment procedures and Panel involvement for each of the schemes for which we are recruiting can be found below:

  • The Grant Assessment Panel assesses Project grant applications that support the development of new 3Rs approaches and technologies. Applicants are required to submit formal outlines which are assessed by the Panel at a two-day shortlisting meeting at the start of March. Only applicants successful at the outline stage are invited to submit a full application which is then assessed at a one-day Panel meeting in July.
  • The Skills and Knowledge Transfer Assessment Panel reviews applications submitted to the Skills and Knowledge Transfer grant scheme. Awards made under this scheme support the wider adoption and use of 3Rs models, tools and technologies through the transfer of knowledge, skills and expertise. All applications are assessed at a one-day Panel meeting in April.
  • The Studentship Assessment Panel considers PhD studentship proposals that aim to embed the 3Rs in the training of graduate scientists from a broad range of scientific backgrounds. A triage meeting is held in September and shortlisted applications are then assessed at a one-day Panel meeting in October. 
  • The Training Fellowship Assessment Panel makes funding recommendations on Training Fellowship applications. This scheme supports the development of promising early career researchers with less than three years’ post-doctoral experience. All applications are assessed at a one-day Panel meeting in November.

As it is not possible for the membership of a Panel to reflect all the relevant areas of expertise, members are expected to contribute to discussions in their own field and also to advise on other issues, sharing responsibility for the decisions of the Panel as a whole. Panel members are expected to attend and participate in its associated meetings and to read all applications, with a specific focus on those assigned to them and relevant to their area of expertise. Panel members may also be asked to contribute to other NC3Rs activities and meetings during their tenure.

New Panel members will initially be appointed for a three-year term with an option for extending for a further two years following review by the Panel Chair. Appointments are made in a personal capacity.

2019 Panel meeting dates
Grant Assessment Panel
Outline shortlisting meeting 3 and 4 March 2020
Full application meeting 7July 2020
Skills and Knowledge Transfer Assessment Panel
Panel meeting  1 April 2020
Studentship Assessment Panel
Shortlisting  22 September 2020
Panel meeting 13 October 2020
Training Fellowship Assessment Panel
Panel meeting 19 November 2020

New Panel members are expected to attend and participate in the 2020 Panel meetings.

Declarations of Interest

Panel members are expected to abide by the principles set out in the ‘The Code of Practice for members of Council and MRC boards’ and are required to declare any private, professional or commercial interests that might, or that might be perceived to, conflict with the NC3Rs interest.

Remuneration

An allowance is payable per day for attendance at Panel meetings (the current rate is £160 per day). Travel (standard class) and subsistence expenses for attendance at Panel meetings will be reimbursed.

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Induction for successful candidates

All new Panel members are expected to attend a half-day induction meeting on 29 January 2020 at the NC3Rs Office, London. If making an application please keep this availability. The meeting will provide newly appointed Panel members with guidance on their role and an overview of the NC3Rs including its functions/methods of operation where these relate to the work of the funding panels.

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How to apply?

Please submit a completed application form and a CV (no longer than two sides of A4) to recruit@nc3rs.org.uk before 4pm, 14 November 2019.

If you have any queries, or you would like further information about the role, please email recruit@nc3rs.org.uk.

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Key dates 

Application deadline 4pm, 14 November 2019
Notification of outcome By 12 December 2019
Induction meeting for appointed Panel members 29 January 2020

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