Steering Committee recruitment

We are currently recruiting to two vacant positions on the DRNS Steering Committee.  We invite applications from people willing to provide leadership to the network and help develop our work in years 2 and 3 of our current contract with the Scottish Funding Council.  Two posts are currently available:

1.  Social Scientist with relevant experience
This person will provide expertise, advice and insight from a social science perspective, and support effective communication with, and involvement of, social scientists in Scotland and DRNS-supported projects.  Responsibilities include:

  • Advise the DRNS Steering Committee on developments in social science methods and research findings – and implications for the Scottish drugs research agenda;
  • Support development of two-way communications between the DRNS Steering Committee and Scottish / UK networks of social scientists;
  • Provide a social scientist’s perspective and advice on the development of DRNS-supported research proposals and associated funding bids;
  • Contribute to the development of DRNS evidence summaries, training and policy briefs – esp. those grounded in, or with implications for, social science methods and practice.

2.  NHS Scotland representative
This person will provide expertise, advice and insight on Scottish policy, practice, epidemiology and national data sources relating to problem drug use, and ensure effective communication between the DRNS Steering Committee and NHS Scotland.  Responsibilities include:

  • Advise the Steering Committee on developments, funding opportunities, and emerging issues in drugs-related, NHS-involved policy, practice, need and research;
  • Support the development of two-way communications between the DRNS Steering Committee and NHS Scotland constituent organisations;
  • Identify and promote opportunities for mutually beneficial developments across DRNS and NHS Scotland;
  • Provide technical expertise and advice on the development of DRNS-supported research proposals and associated funding bids.

We estimate these roles will require a contribution of around 1 day per month, although there will be busy and quieter periods through the year, so some flexibility will be required.

Those in salaried roles should check with their employers for agreement on time to contribute to the network and whether they can claim travel expenses. Those who cannot get travel costs reimbursed from their employers can claim these from the DRNS. Those who are unsalaried can claim for time spent attending DRNS Steering Committee meetings.

For more information, and to submit an expression of interest in either post, see our recruitment pack.

Expressions of interest should be submitted by 1700 on Fri 21st Dec.  We look forward to hearing from you.