MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, is advertising for new panellists.

The successful candidates will contribute to the Panel’s mission to advise government, industry and academia on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology in Northern Ireland.

An appointment to the MATRIX panel gives individuals from different backgrounds and with specific skills and expertise a chance to help make decisions that affect all our lives. Appointment to the MATRIX panel is a great opportunity to give something back to the community, whilst developing your own skills and network.

Panellists will be expected to:

  • Provide sectoral leadership and stimulate engagement and collaborative working of industry with academia and government;
  • Contribute to building a wide network of constructive working relationships from a wide range of constituencies and stakeholders;
  • Input to the MATRIX work programme;
  • Bring a depth of knowledge and expertise to MATRIX themes, formulate innovative proposals for change and challenge existing policy and outcomes; and
  • Disseminate relevant information within respective organisations and wider as necessary.

Appointments will be made on merit from those individuals who best satisfy the selection criteria. The appointment is for an initial term of 5 years which may be extended for a further defined period by agreement. The maximum total term of appointment is 10 years.

Panellists can come from any science & technology based sector, but applications are particularly welcomed from those working in the following sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Engineering
  • Life & Health Sciences
  • Renewable Energy
  • Advanced Construction
  • Agri-tech
  • Digital ICT

Applications are particularly welcomed from women, who are currently under-represented on the panel.

We currently have sufficient academic representation through ex-officio membership from HE institutions and FE colleges, so we are specifically seeking applications from the commercial sector.

The closing date is 5pm on 7th May 2019, with interviews being held in early June. The new panel will hold its inaugural meeting in late June.

Full details on how to apply to the panel are available at the links below.

Panellists will receive remuneration payments in line with those offered for other public appointments in order to reflect the respect the Department for the Economy has for the time and effort MATRIX members put in to the role.