Job Offer: Science Officer

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Job Advert:

Title of position: Science Officer / Attaché scientifique adjoint.
Employer: Embassy of France in the United Kingdom.
Department: Science and Technology.
Direct line manager: Mr Cyrille van Effenterre, Counsellor for Science and Technology.
Contacts: cyrille.van-effenterre[at] or +44 (0)20 7073 1391
and scg.londres-amba[at]

The candidate must live in the UK at the moment he/she is applying for the job. He/she should be entitled to a National insurance Number (NIN).

About the position:

Applications are sought for a scientist or an engineer to fill in the full time position of science officer responsible mainly for the areas of engineering and physical sciences. The position is for 11 months in the first instance and can be renewed three times before becoming open-ended.

Joining a small team, you will carry out a watch on science and technology along with strategy and policy covering R&D and innovation activities in the UK.

You will promote the development of science and technology collaborations between France and the UK via workshops, seminars, colloquia and bilateral research projects.

You will promote, in the UK, French high quality science and technology in R&D, especially through conferences organised with the support of British institutions.

Main activities include:

  • Write in French subject-specific papers of various lengths for our Newsletter on UK science policy, regulation, strategy, budget, etc.
  • Write in French official memos and notes,
  • Search and attend relevant lectures and conferences,
  • Develop relationships and meet stakeholders (Governments, Learned Societies, Universities, Private sector, QUANGOs, etc.) in all UK regions,
  • Organise official visits and bilateral meetings, workshops and symposia.

Qualifications and skills:


  • PhD in one of the following fields: mathematics, physics, chemistry or engineering sciences.
  • Fully bilingual in French and English.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the capacity to convey complex regulatory or policy issues with clarity in both languages and the confidence to interact with a variety of stakeholders such as ministerial departments, public organisations, universities, companies, charities, foundations, learned societies, etc.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and self-management abilities.
  • Autonomy for organising one’s work, ability to work as part of a team, to write short and focused reports/memos.


  • Good knowledge of political and strategic stakes related to science and technology issues (from academia to private sector) and the relevant stakeholders, both in France and in the UK.


  • £2,155 per month = £25,860 per annum.


  • Normal working hours are 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm, Monday to Thursday and 9am-2pm on Fridays, or 37h/week. However, flexibility is essential as you may be required to attend some early evening events.
  • The benefits package for this post includes 28 days leave plus 10 closure days (being a mix between French and British public Holidays).
  • 10% employer’s contribution on transport costs, compulsory pension scheme enrolment with an employer participation of 6.66% and a minimum of 3.34 % for the employee.
  • Possibility of a complementary health with participation of the employer.


  • Deadline: 1st December 2015 at midnight.
  • Interviews will be held on December 7th and 8th and the successful candidate is expected to start on Monday 4th January 2016.
  • To apply: Email your CV and cover letter in French or English to:
    and: scg.londres-amba[at]

Published on 06/01/2016

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