SSAC membership applications

30 October 2015

~~The Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) is Scotland's highest level science advisory body. It provides independent advice and recommendations on science to the Scottish Government.

We are looking to appoint a Chair and members to the Council.

SSAC members will play a key role in supporting the Scottish Government to make effective use of science advice, knowledge and techniques when formulating and implementing policies that will benefit Scotland's economy, environment and people, further enhancing Scotland's status as a science and innovation nation. 

The SSAC’s work will be expected to support Scotland’s Economic Strategy, and its two mutually supportive goals of increasing competitiveness and tackling inequality.

Applications for both Members and a new Chair of SSAC are sought from suitably qualified individuals who are able to demonstrate a broad understanding of strategic science, engineering or technology issues, expertise and leadership in their own area of science, and connectivity to science networks in Scotland and further afield. Members and the Chair are also expected to be operating at a senior level, most likely in academia or business and industry. Experience in a similar advisory or committee environment is desirable.

Appointments will be for two years initially, with the possibility of extension. Members are not remunerated but reasonable expenses involved in attending meetings will be paid. The Chair will be paid a daily rate of £250 per day for time spent on Council business.

We will also be recruiting for a Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) shortly.  Applicants for the SSAC may also apply for the CSA role.

How to apply:

An Application Form and Application Pack with full details of the process and criteria are available below. 

For further information contact: SSAC Secretariat, Area 1C South, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6  6QQ. Tel: 0131 244 2192 email:

Closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 22 November 2015 and interviews are expected to be held in December 2015.

SSAC welcomes applications from eligible candidates from diverse backgrounds and actively encourages applications from disabled people.
Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.


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