Details of current vacancies within the SPECTRUM Consortium

SPECTRUM is a multi-university, multi-agency research consortium focused on the commercial determinants of health and health inequalities funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership. Our consortium is comprised of a highly experienced team of researchers from ten UK and one Australian University in addition to partners from policy, practice and commercial organisations.

Together we are generating new evidence to inform the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) caused by unhealthy commodities, including tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food and drink.

See details of our current vacancies below.


Knowledge Broker

Fixed term for 18 months

University of Stirling Grade 08 (£43,414-£51,805)

Closing date: 27 March 2023


The Knowledge Broker will play a key role in delivering enhanced impact from SPECTRUM research through enhanced collaboration between SPECTRUM and public health agencies and policymakers, particularly in Scotland, and other mechanisms. The role involves gaining a strategic understanding of the research conducted by SPECTRUM teams and the interests and concerns of senior research users, in order to broker strong, sustainable and effective relationships between the two by building knowledge and understanding, establishing evidence within policy discussions, and facilitating policy changes.


The post holder will report to Professor Niamh Fitzgerald, SPECTRUM Deputy Director for Impact. They will work closely with a corresponding SPECTRUM Knowledge Broker (to be appointed) based within the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities in the UK Department of Health and Social Care, the SPECTRUM Consortium Manager (Sancha Martin), the Communications and Engagement Officer (Jess Conway), SPECTRUM Co-Investigator Dr Garth Reid at Public Health Scotland, SPECTRUM Director Professor Linda Bauld and others.


They will be responsible for planning and building strategic and practical links between SPECTRUM research teams and stakeholders/decision makers in policy and practice in Scotland, in particular, but not limited to, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Government and key advocacy groups in Scotland. They will be required to horizon scan for policy opportunities, lead SPECTRUM responses to relevant government consultations or proposals, broaden our networks to groups beyond health (e.g. community planning), and identify events and opportunities to engage and influence relevant stakeholders. 


They will support research teams and research users prepare and deliver on co-production of knowledge whilst further developing SPECTRUM’s theory of change. The post holder will sit on the Impact Group of SPECTRUM and will play a lead role in delivery of stakeholder events, topic-focused knowledge exchange workshops, and public engagement panels to enhance the impact of our research. There will be the opportunity to contribute to SPECTRUM research and publications where relevant to the post holder’s interests and skills, where capacity permits, interpreting findings obtained from and developing new insights.


All enquiries about the post should be submitted to Professor Niamh Fitzgerald, SPECTRUM Deputy Director, on Informal enquiries welcome.


Full details and apply via University of Stirling