Department seeks lay member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition

14 February 2013 update. The department is seeking to appoint a lay member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). The…


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  • 14 February 2013 update

The department is seeking to appoint a lay member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

The position

SACN is a UK wide advisory committee that advises UK health departments on
scientific aspects of nutrition and health. Members are appointed as independent scientific experts based on their specific skills and knowledge and are supported by a secretariat from the Department of Health.

A lay member of this committee will be expected to work effectively with scientific members of the committee to ensure the committee’s advice addresses the concerns of, and can be understood by, the UK population as a whole.

Applicants for the lay member position on SACN must have a good track record of
communicating scientific issues to a non-technical audience, experience in the
assessment and interpretation of data, and strong analytical skills. Applications are particularly sought from those with experience and expertise in working with expert committees.

Time and pay

The lay member will receive £160 per meeting.

The time commitment will be up to 10 days per year, including at least 3 meetings.

Initial appointment will be for 3 years. The appointment can be renewed at the end of the first period of office subject to consistently good performance. There should therefore be no expectation of automatic reappointment. The maximum total term is 10 years.

How to apply

If you require an alternative format such as Braille, large print or audio please call Samantha Alcock on 0113 254 5845 quoting the reference A12-34.

Closing date

  • The closing date is midday on 21 February 2013 (the original closing date was midday on 14 February 2013).

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