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​Could you be our new scientific advisor?

19 October 2020


The BDA is seeking to appoint a dentist as a new scientific advisor to be a lead media spokesperson, brief our board on dental health and science issues and act as a scientific advisor to the British Dental Journal (BJD).


Our current scientific advisor is standing down and the position is available now. The successful candidate would be expected to remain in post for at least three years.


What does our scientific advisor do?

You will be significantly involved in the work of the BDA’s Health and Science Committee and will contribute to the development of BDA health and science policy by liaising with government, opinion formers and the media, to promote the interests of the profession and better public health.


In accordance with standard BDA policy, general dental practitioners are paid the normal BDA sessional allowance for time away from their practice.


For salaried dentists, employers are expected to cover time away. Travel and subsistence costs are reimbursed.


What skills do you need to apply?

  • Do you have research or public health experience?
  • Do you have access to a network of knowledge and authority in relation to the evidence base of clinical practice?
  • Can you think strategically, communicate persuasively and act decisively?
  • Are you a BDA member?
  • Are you a dentist registered in the UK?


How to apply

Further details, including person specification and role description, are available from Arianne Matlin: or telephone 07595 056883.


Applicants should send a CV and personal statement showing how they meet the person specification to Dr Matlin by 30 October 2020.


Virtual interviews will be held late afternoon/early evening on 9, 16 and 18 November 2020.