Specialist Research Lead

Job reference: 084687

Location: Flexible

Job closing date: 28/01/2022

Job posted date: 11/01/2022

Salary: Band 7 (£40,872 - £47,846)

Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment

Job Type: Medical and Dental

Hours of work: 30

Department: Clinical Effectiveness (Dental)

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

*** COVID-19 – Please note that during this time all interviews will be conducted remotely.  If successful, you will also initially be working remotely in line with the guidance from the Scottish Government***

Flexible Location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working.  We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.

Duration: Fixed Term Contract for 12 months

*Secondment/SLA in the first instance for NHS Staff

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations.

What you'll do 

Key tasks will include but are not restricted to;

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Dental Directorate within NHS Education for Scotland. We are seeking an experienced researcher to contribute to a portfolio of implementation science, quality improvement and educational research projects carried out in partnership working with the Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen.

Key tasks include but are not restricted to;

  • Conduct national research for NES, including development of project protocols, literature searching, critical appraisal and synthesis, design of research tools, data collection, highly complex data analysis, writing report and disseminating findings.
  • Provide highly specialised research support and advice for senior members of staff.
  • Promote and demonstrate an understanding of best practice in the design, monitoring and reporting of research.
  • Establish project goals, timescales and work plans which meet the requirements of NES.
  • Produce formal reports and academic papers conveying highly complex information in a manner appropriate to and easily understood by a range of intended audiences.
  • Liaise and negotiate with a wide range of individuals at a senior level within NHS and other organisations to ensure the provision of information at a level of quality appropriate to NES.

What you'll bring

These will include but are not restricted to:

  • Experience of a range of research methodologies covering aspects of study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation as evidenced by a research portfolio that includes relevant academic publications. 
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Experience in drafting and producing papers and publications, and report writing.
  • Research and critical appraisal skills with the ability to disseminate complex, highly specialized information.
  • Project management skills and experience.
  • Experience in collection and analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • Knowledge of implementation science research/knowledge translation methodologies.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Linda Young at  linda.young@nhs.scot


For further information please refer to the Job Information Pack below.

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.

Closing date: 28 January 2022

Interview date: Tuesday 8 February 2022

We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief. https://www.careers.nhs.scot/about/who-we-are/

If you have any queries regarding the application portal or the recruitment process, please contact us at:  NES HR Recruitment: recruitment.hr@nes.scot.nhs.uk