Scientific Adviser: Science Policy and Research Programme

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

2 year fixed term, full time (applications for part-time working or job-sharing will be considered)

NICE is a world-renowned, independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the use of medicines and treatments to improve health and social care.

The Science Policy and Research (SP&R) Programme has established a programme of scientific policy and research activities to develop improved methods for health technology assessment and guideline development (clinical, public health and social care). The aim is to ensure that NICE maintains its international reputation as a leader in the field and continues to produce high-quality guidance for the NHS and social care services. 

We are looking for a Scientific Adviser who will be responsible for 3 main areas of work:

  • Developing Institute responses to science policy issues. Typically, a policy response is needed when new research findings, or new policy decisions by government or regulators, mean that NICE’s policies and methods require updating. The post-holder would work with colleagues to understand the issue, draft a policy response in consultation with internal and external stakeholders, and lead the project through senior sign-off and implementation.
  • Leading internal dissemination of research findings and supporting implementation. NICE has several ongoing methodological research projects. As these projects come to an end, the post-holder will be responsible for working with the research teams to plan and deliver activities that disseminate the results to other teams at NICE and encourage implementation of the results in NICE methods and processes.
  • Developing applications for external research funding. The post-holder would work with internal teams to identify NICE’s research needs, develop collaborations with external researchers, identify funding opportunities, and draft or review applications for research funding.

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated, enthusiastic and technically skilled individual to join our team. You will have advanced knowledge of the methods of health technology assessment or guideline production. Ideally, you will also have research experience and/or experience in developing methodological guidance on technical issues. We are looking for someone with a flexible approach to work and a willingness to develop new skills where needed.

Our team offers a positive and supportive working environment, training and development opportunities, and a range of policies that support work-life balance.

For an informal discussion please contact Rosie Lovett, Senior Scientific Adviser in the Science Policy and Research Programme: or 0207 045 2229.

For further information and to apply online, please visit the NHS Jobs website:

Closing date: 20 August 2017
Interview date: 18 September 2017

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