Independent Members: HSE’s Science Quality Assurance Group (SQAG)

4-year appointment starting in January 2023

Location: England, Wales, Scotland
Remuneration: £4800 (honorarium payment) plus reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses.

HSE is looking for  experienced scientists ,engineers and analysts to be members of a new Science Quality Assurance Group which will provide the HSE Board, Chief Executive and Chief Scientific Adviser with independent and objective assurance on the relevance and quality of the science, engineering and evidence produced across HSE which is commissioned and delivered in support of HSE’s strategy and plans. This Group will provide an assurance function, and it will have no decision-making powers.

We would welcome applications from people who have substantial expertise in areas relevant to the breadth of HSE research and who show the ability to work across a wide range of relevant scientific disciplines. This experience could include industrial, academic, government or other sectors as long as it includes activities related to applied research in an interdisciplinary environment.

It is anticipated that this role would involve a maximum of 8 days- worth of effort per year. Each independent member is expected to prepare for and attend a minimum of 2 full group meetings each year. The HSE Chair, HSE Board or the Accounting Officer (AO) may ask the SQAG Chair to convene further meetings to discuss particular issues on which they want the Group’s assurance.


Each Independent Member will also be a subgroup member and will undertake at least one “deep dive” each year; this will be an intensive review of the science relating to a particular area. The deep dive may include a range of activities such as presentations of research by HSE’s scientists, engineers and analysts, assessment of reports, papers and abstracts, visits to research facilities and discussions with HSE scientists and their leadership teams. Each deep dive will have a member of the subgroup nominated by the Chair to be the leader for the deep dive. Each deep dive will take up to three days to complete.

Meetings will be held face-to-face, with the option for some hybrid meetings depending on the nature of the discussions.

For full information on this opportunity please refer to the Information Pack.

To Apply
Please email a comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements, a covering letter highlighting your suitability and setting out how you meet the essential criteria. Please note that the supporting statement is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.

Please email your CV, supporting letter and completed monitoring form to quoting SQAG APPLICATION in the subject field. Attach your supporting letter, CV, and monitoring form as separate documents to your email.

Applications must be received by midnight 21/10/2022. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email.

Interviews (virtual via TEAMS) will be conducted with shortlisted candidates throughout November.

If you have any questions about this opportunity and would like to discuss either the role or the application process, please contact HSE’s Chief Scientific Adviser

SQAG Indepedent Member Applicant’s pack_