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Science Policy Intern

Royal Society of Chemistry
Cambridgeshire (GB)
£22,148 - £24,612 (FTE) per annum plus benefits
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Full Time, Part Time
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The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a great opportunity for a Science Policy Intern to work with us on a part-time or full-time (28-35 hours per week) six month fixed-term contract basis to start by end of April 2023. 

The RSC’s purpose is ‘to help the chemical sciences community make the world a better place’. One way we do this is by using evidence to persuade decision-makers (like members of Parliament and the Government) on issues that affect the chemical sciences – or where science plays an important part.

You will help us to do this by analysing a range of data, drawing conclusions from it and writing this up in a clear way, to help convince decision-makers of the need for action. You will also be involved in supporting events and round tables that involve members of our community and government policymakers, by organising these and helping to write the recommendations. Through round tables, consulting members and desk research, you will gather evidence for developing policy positions. You will also provide some administrative support to the team.

Our science policy activities cover issues that affect chemistry research and innovation and issues where the chemical sciences play an important role in informing decisions. You will be part of the Policy and Evidence Team, which works on some of the hottest topics such as the UK’s future scientific relationships and science policy, chemicals policy, environment, science and infrastructure funding, climate change and industrial strategy.

What we are looking for:

  • A first degree or higher in a relevant subject (chemistry, other science, economics, politics, or other social science) with a good academic track record (either a 2:2 or above, or expected to achieve this), with a basic knowledge of chemistry (at least GCSE chemistry or equivalent and ideally A-Level/ Scottish Higher or equivalent).
  • Strong research skills, especially the ability to find, understand and evaluate information relevant to solving a given problem, drawing and explaining conclusions from that, with the ability to scan information for relevance to a given topic or problem.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills – in particular, the ability to summarise key points from a discussion clearly in writing in a timely manner, to make clear requests of others and negotiate politely where necessary.
  • Interest in Government, Parliament and public policy that affects science.
  • Able to use the MS Office suite easily to produce documents, analyse data, collaborate with others (including Word, PowerPoint and Excel).

The Royal Society of Chemistry offers excellent benefits and a great work environment. As an organisation we are embracing hybrid working, and homeworking/remote working within the UK could be considered for this role. Applicants should be aware that there is an expectation that employees will attend our Cambridge and London offices as needed for their role. This role is also likely to involve some UK travel and occasional evening work.

If you are interested, please apply by the end of our closing date and include your availability in your application.

View and download the full job description here.


The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.


The RSC has a broad range of diverse career opportunities. Our teams are highly motivated and successful with our employees citing 'the people' as the best thing about working at the RSC. Working for the RSC provides a great opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in science without working in a lab.

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Royal Society of Chemistry
01223 432441
Thomas Graham House
Science Park
Milton Road
United Kingdom
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