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Senior Science Lead - (Food Systems, Nutrition and Health)

The Wellcome Trust

Job Summary

The Wellcome Trust Our Planet, Our Health (OPOH) programme seeks a Senior Science Lead in Food Systems, Nutrition and Health. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of the links among food systems, nutrition, environmental sustainability and health, and will be a recognised authority on these links.

The Senior Science Lead, Food Systems, Nutrition and Health will be tasked in providing scientific insight, guidance and oversight to OPOH’s food systems portfolio. This will come through close familiarity with scientific literature and active participation in networking, scientific meetings and committee processes.

Additional info

To succeed in this role, you will:

  • Oversee and steward OPOH’s funding portfolio in food systems, nutrition, environmental sustainability and health, beginning with strategic framing and extending through the selection of grantees, and forming and maintaining strong working relationships with grantees.
  • Steward existing partnerships, and identify and build new partnerships, with key stakeholders to advance OPOH’s work in food systems, nutrition, and health.
  • Provide regular reports on plans, deliverables, priorities and budgets.
  • Maintain an international presence and influence in the food systems arena, representing Wellcome through meetings, committee service, publications and media.

Please see job description

Experience & Skills

To succeed in this role, you’ll need to be:

  • A systems thinker with an appreciation of complexity and a track record of applying multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems
  • Articulate with strong verbal communication skills, including presentations
  • Ability to negotiate complex relationships with high-profile partners
  • Evidence of strong writing skills with ability to synthesise information conveying key points clearly and concisely

Background / Experience:

  • A doctoral degree in a relevant field
  • Substantial post-doctoral experience in research, teaching, government, civil society, and/or private sector settings with a focus on food systems, nutrition, and health.
  • Experience with food systems, nutrition and health research, including a substantial publication record.
  • Established network of stakeholders across the food systems, nutrition and health field including academics, government officials, professional organisations, and funders.

Education & Qualifications


  • MD or PhD in a relevant discipline


  • Training in public health e.g. an MPH degree.

About us

We believe great ideas can change the world and improve health for everyone. At Wellcome, we help great ideas to thrive by supporting scientists and researchers, taking on big problems, fuelling imaginations and sparking debate.
Wellcome isn't just a supporter of great ideas; it's a great place to work. We offer excellent benefits and help our employees to develop in an open, respectful culture where differences are valued.

Next steps

If you are talented and passionate about our work and want to use your skills, knowledge and experience to improve health for everyone, then we’d like to hear from you. You can apply using the link above.

Location: London
Salary: £75,000 to £85,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th September 2018
Closes: 29th September 2018
Job Ref: 413BR
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