Exciting Opportunity for Members of the Public Interested in Research

Closing Date: Friday 3rd August

The Imperial College Science, Engineering and Technology Ethics Committee is seeking to appoint four members of the general public to serve as lay members of the committee.

Research ethics review forms an important part of the oversight of the College’s research involving human participants, ensuring that research is conducted safely and effectively.  To obtain a balanced view of potential ethical issues before a project begins, the Committee includes four members of the general public in addition to technical experts from the College. One member of the public will be asked to Chair the Committee so that it can operate impartially.   

Lay Committee members will need to have an interest in science, social science and engineering research, be able to understand and analyse complex issues, and look at a situation from several perspectives. A background in science or engineering research is not a requirement for these positions.

Practical Considerations:

  • You will need to be able to attend up to six committee meetings per year with meetings lasting around two hours
  • You will need to be fluent in written and spoken English to be able to assess the research papers and discuss the projects
  • You will need to have good communication skills
  • You will need to be open to other members of the committee disagreeing with your opinion, and be able to discuss your views with them.

Travel expenses for attendance at Committee meetings will be reimbursed. 

If you think you fit the above criteria we would like to hear from you. To apply, please submit an application form and CV to Nooreen Shaikh: n.shaikh@imperial.ac.uk

If you would like to discuss the role please email Nooreen with your contact details and we will call you.