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Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland

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Job summary

£90k (FTE) circa
Around 22.5 per week
Closing Date
10 April 2015 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

This is a unique opportunity for an exceptional scientist with strong relationship and communication skills, to ensure that scientific and engineering evidence supports the Scottish Government’s ambitious programme for boosting the economy, tackling inequalities and protecting and reforming public services.

The Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland both champions science as a key driver of the sustainable economy, and ensures that the Scottish Government uses scientific evidence effectively in policy making across Government. 

This Senior Civil Service role is advertised as either a fixed-term appointment at circa £90k (FTE) or on a secondment basis.  The appointment is part-time for up to 3 days per week for 2 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce, which reflects the people of Scotland.


Please download the full job description for details of the role and person specification.

Applications are invited using the on-line application form and by downloading the separate Supporting Statement Form:

1. Supporting Statement

This should be no more than 2 sides of A4 and should explain how your qualifications, skills and experience meet the key essential criteria for the role. If you feel that one example is sufficient to demonstrate the level of your competency in more than one of the essential criteria you do not have to provide additional examples. Please provide details of the specific professional qualification you hold that is required for this role. You may be asked to provide evidence of at a later date.

2. CV

Your CV should provide details of your qualifications, career history with dates and reasons for leaving.

Please e-mail all of the above documents to SCSHR@scotland.gsi.gov.uk quoting reference IRC16263.

Contact for Further Information

For a discussion about the post, please contact Aileen McKechnie, Director of Advanced Learning and Science (Tel 0300 244 1264).  If you have any questions in relation to the terms and conditions of appointment please contact Carolyn Murdoch, Senior Staff Team (Tel 0131 244 3969).

The closing date for applications is Friday 10 April 2015.

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