Royal Society ECR Placement – Emerging Technologies Team

Deadline 5th August 2021

The Royal Society is looking for an early career researcher to complete a placement of up to six months who will work on and support policy projects within their emerging technologies team. The team’s main output is a series of Perspectives. These future-facing, speculative reports focus on emerging areas that could significantly impact humanity in the coming decades and consider the ethical, social, and regulatory issues they may raise. The successful candidate will work on a number of varied projects including developing the third Perspective, which will assess the opportunities and risks associated with emerging space technologies and also address the global governance of space.

No specific academic background is required but an interest in, and knowledge of, emerging technologies and their technical, scientific and societal challenges would be beneficial. There will be opportunity to lead on and complete discrete pieces of work and build networks with leading academics, government officials, and industry experts. The placement offers an excellent opportunity to gain an understanding of how policy is made and influenced, both in the UK and worldwide.

This placement would be eligible to be supported by the University of Leeds STFC IAA fund. Please contact Ruth Rayner ( in the first instance to discuss.