Senior Scientific Adviser

NICE - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Senior Scientific Adviser

NICE - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Manchester/London, United Kingdom

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.

2020 has been 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 a skilled Senior Scientific Adviser 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 is 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 Principal Scientific Adviser, the Senior Scientific Adviser for NICE International will be responsible for supporting the planning, design and delivery of NICE international activities. You will work closely with colleagues and academic experts to provide technical input on a portfolio of fee-for-service international advisory and educational projects, and support the Principle Scientific Adviser in developing the range of educational and consultancy service offerings, delivering these projects and liaising with representatives from international governments, HTA agencies and guideline development groups, key opinion leaders, global health organisations, academics, patient organisations and manufacturers of health care products. You will also be required to promote and develop the service at external meetings, educational seminars and conferences.

In addition, you will also support the work of NICE Scientific Advice on an ad-hoc basis, and be involved in critically reviewing materials submitted by clients (pharmaceutical, diagnostic or medical technology companies) detailing their clinical trial programmes, evidence generation proposals and any plans for an economic evaluation.

To be considered for this role, we are looking for:

  • Providing support in project design and delivery of NICE international portfolio of projects including educational and consultancy activities;
  • Providing advice and support to international organisations that are developing systems to improve health and social care evidence-based decision making by sharing NICE's learning and expertise with other organisations worldwide and learning from others;
  • Preparing briefings on international projects, conducting literature reviews, searches and contacting experts if needed;
  • Participating in discussions with national and international stakeholders, face-to-face and by web and tele-conference;
  • The Senior Scientific Adviser for NICE International will also have the opportunity to work with the NICE Scientific Advice team providing advice to the life sciences industry on the requirements to capture clinical and other research information relevant to HTA from national and international clinical trial programmes.

The post holder should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Advanced level university degree (doctorate or masters preferrable) in economics or related science discipline. The qualifications and/or experience should be in subject or subjects related to HTA/evidence-based medicine (health economics, medical statistics, clinical trials, public health and health policy, epidemiology, systematic reviewing). Further specialist training or equivalent level of knowledge and experience in global health policy development is desirable;
  • Expertise in guideline development, health technology assessment and/or public health research and assessment methodology;
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles of evidence-based healthcare, critical appraisal and the interpretation and synthesis of health care and public health research evidence;
  • Working knowledge and experience of the following areas and specialist expertise in at least two of the following:
    • Clinical trials;
    • Health economics;
    • Medical statistics;
    • Cost effectiveness modelling;
    • Systematic reviewing;
    • Evidence synthesis;
    • Transferability;
    • Global health policy.
  • Excellent diplomatic, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate highly complex ideas to a range of audiences (international organisations, regulatory authorities and key opinion leaders etc.), where there may be significant barriers to acceptance which need to be overcome or reactions may be hostile.


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 NICE Scientific Advice team is responsible for delivering the NICE scientific advice portfolio and NICE International, sits within NICE Scientific Advice, being responsible for the delivery of the NICE International portfolio. You will join a team of over 20 people from technical and management background.

For an informal discussion please contact Pilar Pinilla-Dominguez, Principal Scientific Adviser,

Closing date: 28th January 2021

Interview date: TBC/Mid February

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.


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