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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/12/2021.

Technical Adviser (Data Science)

Job Reference: 907-163

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Centre for Guidelines
£54,764 - £63,862 pa

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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Role title: Technical Adviser (Data Science)

Location: Manchester or London

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.

As a result of the above we are looking for skilled Technical Adviser (Data Science) to guide the organisation through this period of dynamic transformation.

Why choose NICE.

As an organisation we all collaborate to achieve the same goal through empowering our workforce to do great things. Health and well-being are a top priority for us because we understand the importance of creating a respectful, supportive, and transparent environment for all our employees.

The Role:

Reporting to the Senior Technical Adviser, the Technical Adviser (Data Science) will be responsible for undertaking and commissioning analyses of large, routinely collected health and social care datasets to support the development of NICE guidance, as well as providing technical advice and support to other staff undertaking such analyses.

They will also provide professional leadership across the Centre to improve the routine consideration of large-scale data and analytics across the guideline development process, including surveillance, scoping, economic modelling and implementation.

The post holder will work closely with colleagues across the Centre to scope opportunities for the use of large-scale data and analytics, to advise on appropriate sources of data and methodological approaches, to liaise with external groups (for example academics, data controllers and owners etc) to better understand opportunities for accessing data as well as conducting and commissioning analyses to inform guideline development. The post holder will also contribute to the implementation and update of a framework for routine consideration of health and social care data.

What you will bring to NICE:

The post holder should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of a range of data analysis/statistical techniques and practices, particularly those applying to the analysis of large-scale datasets
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles of evidence-based health care, critical appraisal and the interpretation of health research evidence
  • Working knowledge of all of the following areas and specialist expertise in at least one of the following: data science, statistical modelling, epidemiology or systematic reviewing
  • Experience of undertaking primary and secondary research in health and social care
  • Experience in working with and analysing large and complex data sources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences and to generate trust and confidence in individuals at all levels both within and outside the organisation
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, both internally and externally


  • 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.

The Department:

The Centre for Guidelines is a world-leading authority in developing clinical, public health and social care guidelines. It provides recommendations for the NHS and local authorities on appropriate prevention, treatment and care options for people in England, based on systematic appraisal of the best available evidence of effectiveness and cost effectiveness. The Methods and Economics team provides technical, economic and methodological oversight, development and quality assurance across all stages of the guideline development process. The post-holder will also work closely with the Data and Analytics team, which provides a central management, advice and support function to embed and improve the use of healthcare data and analytics in the development and update of NICE’s outputs.

For an informal discussion please contact Joshua Pink, Senior Technical Adviser (Economics), Tel: 0161 413 4069, email:

Closing date: 3rd December
Interview date: 15th December

We have modern offices in Manchester city centre and Stratford, London. However, we’re all working from home at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please take into consideration that you may be required to commute to one of our offices when we’re all allowed to do so again.

We are a flexible employer, and you will have the opportunity to discuss any potential for flexible working with your manager

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 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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We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

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