Scientific Research Officer | Breast Cancer UK

Scientific Research Officer

The Scientific Research Officer will play a key role in developing the charity’s expertise around lifestyle and behavioural risk factors for breast cancer.  We’re looking for a skilled researcher, with top class attention to detail and a passion for communicating sound science to a public audience, to help us bring about change for good.                                                                        

Salary and benefits

  • £25k - £28k depending on experience (pro rataed if part time) + London weighting if residing in London.
  • 25 days holiday per year (pro rata) plus public holidays, plus three days when the office is closed over the Christmas period (when holiday time must be taken).
  • Supportive and positive working environment.
  • Good opportunities for learning and development.
  • Up to 4% contributory pension scheme.
  • Flexible working hours.

Purpose of role

The main purpose of the Scientific Research Officer is to help develop Breast Cancer UK’s expertise and scientific information on the preventable risk factors for breast cancer, in order that we can offer scientifically informed opinion and advice to stakeholders and target audiences.  This role will lead on dietary and lifestyle risk factors but will also support the work of the charity on environmental risk factors including exposure to harmful chemicals. 

The role will play a key part in the development and implementation of all Breast Cancer UK’s campaigns.  

Knowledge & Qualifications

  • Have an honours degree (Minimum BSc 2.1 - a Masters or PhD would be an advantage) in a relevant science subject e.g. nutritional, biological, biomedical, environmental or public health/health science
  • Some knowledge and understanding of breast cancer risk factors, especially those associated with lifestyle and/or diet
  • Some knowledge and understanding of the environmental chemicals associated with an increased risk of breast cancer would be an advantage   
  • An understanding of the EU and UK policy making arenas of public and/or environmental health – including knowledge of the relevant institutions, stakeholders and regulations would be an advantage. 


  • Have a scientific background in the relevant issues, with demonstrable experience in the field of biological, biomedical, nutritional or public health/environmental health science
  • 1 or 2 years’ experience of research within the workplace in a biological, biomedical, nutritional or environmental science
  • Demonstrable experience of communicating complex scientific issues to a non-scientific audience. 
  • Some experience of dealing with the external stakeholders – e.g policy makers, members of the press.
  • Any experience of working for or with a health information provider would be an advantage


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent research skills and ability to analyse information
  • Ability to use a comprehensive range of IT software and social media
  • Be flexible in working with environmental health and technically complex topics


  • Have an affinity with environmental, health or cancer NGOs - an interest or affinity with breast cancer prevention would be an advantage
  • Strong team worker
  • Sound judgement and the ability to make effective decisions
  • Hard-working and reliable
  • Well organised and self-motivated
  • Able to combine strategic overview with consistent attention to detail
  • Able to work to tight timeframes
  • Empathy with Breast Cancer UK’s aims, values and objectives
  • Be able to work from home or on their own initiative where appropriate 

Other Information

Full details of the role and break down of responsibilities can be found in the Job Application Pack.  The job description helps the post holder to understand her/his main duties.

It is not exhaustive and the role’s duties may change from time to time, in discussion with the post holder and consistent with the level of responsibility of the post.

Breast Cancer UK is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of background.  Please help us monitor the effectiveness of our equal opportunities policy by completing our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.  This will be seperated from your application on receipt and any information gathered anonymised and used only for statistical purposes. 

Breast Cancer UK has no head office and all staff are expected to be able to work from home.

The post holder will be required to travel within the UK and occasionally to the EU, for example to attend meetings or conferences in other parts of the country. This may occasionally require overnight stays. The post holder may also be required to undertake occasional evening and weekend work where, for example, we hold events or conferences.

Please forward a completed application form with covering letter explaining how you meet the above person specification, why you would like to work for Breast Cancer UK and what you would bring to the organisation, to by the 20th June 2018.

Please note CVs will not be accepted.  (Interviews are expected to be held in early July).

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