Biological scientist. The Institute seeks a general Trustee Director who is a high-achieving biological scientist, ideally in the fields of virology or immunology. They will use their specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the Trustee Board reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which they have particular expertise. They will have the communication skills and ability to advocate persuasively on behalf of the Institute, and be collaborative, decisive and diplomatic in approach.
Candidates will be a leader in their field and bring a strong background in academic virology or immunology whilst having strategic-level experience. This person will have a strong track record of winning grants through external agencies (preferably international funding and UKRI funding) and commensurate publication record. Having up-to-date knowledge of current trends on relevant technologies being applied by the Institute (such as CRISPR technology) would be advantageous.
In additional to being a highly respected Bio-Scientist, applicants will bring some leadership experience in addition to their academic activities and have an understanding of project management and people and culture. The will have management experience including managing staff and overseeing budgets for example. Board experience would be an advantage but is not essential as the successful candidate will be provided with a comprehensive learning and development programme in addition to the standard induction.
Generalist leader in a science organisation. The Institute now seeks a Trustee Director who brings generalist leadership experience from an organisation which is science-based. This may include but is not limited to pharmaceuticals, biological sciences or health.
Candidates will bring strategic experience across any leadership role within their given science-based organisation and will offer strong commercial acumen, advanced communication skills and ability to advocate persuasively on behalf of the Institute, and be collaborative, decisive and diplomatic in approach. Experience in the application of science in commercial, government policy and / or international disease control settings is particularly interesting. Board experience would be an advantage but is not essential as the successful candidate will be provided with a comprehensive learning and development programme in addition to the standard induction.
For both roles, it is essential that the successful candidate will bring a commitment to act as an ambassador for the Institute, and be in alignment with Pirbright's mission to be the world's leading innovative centre for preventing and controlling viral diseases of livestock.