1. Overview

Salary: £120,000 - £130,000 dependent on skills and experience. Fixed term 3 year contract

Location: London (with flexible remote working)

Closing date: 11.55pm, 30 October 2020

Define the future of science and technology in policing.


As our Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), you’ll be our resident expert on the use of science and technology in the policing sector. It’s a hugely influential role where your knowledge will guide critical strategies, policies and decisions. If you’re a respected senior leader with a strong scientific background, you could shape policing - and help us protect millions of people.

Reporting to the Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), you’ll provide independent, high quality scientific advice. You’ll also support the sector as a whole, including the College of Policing, the National Crime Agency, the APCC, individual constabularies and even Ministers. Your advice will direct everything from a new science and technology strategy for policing to spending on science and research. And, at the same time, you’ll challenge the way science and analysis are currently used in policing.

In many ways, collaboration is at the heart of this role. To ensure that your advice is based on the best research and practice, you’ll build an outstanding network of external expertise and take insights from world-leading research groups in academia and industry. In particular, you’ll collaborate with the Home Office STAR function, which is linked to many complex, high-level multi-million work programmes that will depend on your scientific advice. You’ll also be part of a cross-government community of CSAs, representing policing and sharing good practice.

With the chance to support horizon scanning, advise on emerging innovations and be involved in key issues on a national and international level, you must be a leading expert in science, industry or academia, or have an exemplary track record of using science or technology within policing or government. Whatever your background, you’ll be a leader who can weigh ambiguous or contradictory evidence, explain complex information and connect at the highest levels.

If you have the expertise and gravitas we need, you could play a pivotal role in future policing around the world, by helping to launch a new, world-leading National Crime Laboratory.