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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/04/2021.

Scientific Adviser

Job Reference: 907-NICE-3007457

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Science, Evidence & Analytics
London or Manchester
£53,168 - £68,891 (inc. HCAS where applicable)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.

Our role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. We do this by:

  • Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
  • Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services;
  • Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

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Are you a proactive and enthusiastic researcher with experience in health technology assessment, guideline development, health economics, or epidemiology? Do you want to contribute to cutting-edge international work in the space of health and social care?

We have a vacancy for a Scientific Adviser in NICE’s Science, Policy and Research team. The team has established a programme of scientific policy and research activities to develop improved methods for health technology assessment and guideline development. We build on and enhance NICE’s reputation as a methodological innovator and aim to improve our methods to take account of novel technologies and changes in the wider health and social care system.

The Department

The Science Evidence and Analytics (SEA) Directorate is responsible for ensuring that NICE uses the best available evidence in its guidance to support health and care decision makers across health and care. Although the Science Policy and Research (SP&R) Programme sits within SEA, our remit is to support the whole Institute. The SP&R programme undertakes methods research and works with and influences external policy partners on scientific and research issues related to the work of NICE. The team works to develop NICE’s methods and encourages partners to commission research relevant to the work of NICE.

The Role

The Science Policy and Research team has a broad portfolio of grant-funded research projects. These include multi-national projects such as HARMONY, IMPACT HTA, GetReal Initiative, EHDEN, HTx, Value Dx, NEURONET, and ERA4TB.
The post holder may work on one or more of the current projects. The team adopts a flexible approach, meaning that the specific tasks assigned to the post-holder may change in response to business needs.

What you will bring to the team:

  • Doctorate, or equivalent level of knowledge acquired through training and experience, in health economics, health outcomes research, or a related discipline
  • Experience in conducting methods research and disseminating findings
  • Ability to effectively lead complex projects and deliver work to a high standard with conflicting and demanding deadlines
  • An understanding of the social, political, economic and technical context that NICE operates within
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and engage effectively with a wide range of senior stakeholders and policy makers from multiple countries
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to communicate highly complex ideas to a range of audiences including patients and the public


  • Here at NICE we are passionate and proud of the work we do and the impact we make.
  • We can offer you a great place to work with good benefits, flexible working and a supportive, friendly and inclusive environment.
  • We have an academic culture committed to producing high quality work and we take collective responsibility.

2020 was the year that has changed the way we view the world we live in, and as a result, here at NICE we are going through an exciting period of change and rapid growth. There could not be a better time to join us.

This is an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual with advanced knowledge of NICE’s work, and an understanding of emerging opportunities and challenges in providing guidance to health and social care. 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. If you feel this is the type of environment you would enjoy working in then please feel free to contact us for more information or apply now.

For an informal discussion please contact Dr Dalia Dawoud, Senior Scientific Adviser, Science Policy and Research( or Dr Páll Jónsson, Associate Director, Science Policy and Research (

Closing date: Sun 11 April
Interview date: Fri 23 April

Important - Due to NICE’s use of anonymised recruitment practices we ask all candidates not to include any personal details within their CV. Please ensure you provide sufficient information in the profile section to allow our team to make an informed judgement about your suitability for this role at this stage.

NICE is committed to the equality, diversity and inclusion of all our candidates and staff, and we are committed to creating a workforce which represents the communities we serve. We welcome applications from everyone, and in particular we encourage applications from candidates with disabilities, and candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently under-represented in our workforce.

Please contact if you wish to discuss any additional needs or reasonable adjustments which may support your success at interview.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued.

We offer a range of benefits including:

  • NHS pension scheme and childcare voucher scheme
  • We provide a thorough induction programme
  • Personal development is supported through extensive training and development opportunities
  • We promote flexible working to help staff achieve a healthy work life balance
  • We value equality and diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community
  • We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria in line with the NHS Guaranteed Interview Scheme

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification as your application will be shortlisted against these criteria.

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