Nutrition Research Manager

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is a registered charity. It provides impartial, evidence-based information on food and nutrition. Its core purpose is to translate evidence-based nutrition science in engaging and actionable ways.  BNF has a long-established reputation for partnership working and its ability to bring together those with an interest in food and nutrition from diverse sectors – academia, medicine, education, communication and the food chain. Find out more:

We are seeking an individual who has actively been working in a research environment, with at least five years of post-Doctoral work experience, with proven skills in writing project grants/bids, managing staff, and undertaking systematic reviews. This is a senior appointment and the successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with the senior team on BNF’s many work streams and help to raise the profile of the Foundation to a range of audiences.

All BNF staff reflect the values, mission and vision of the Foundation in their work at all times, internally and externally (see  BNF staff must display excellence in working independently to a high standard, as well as working well in a team.



  • A passion for evidence-based science and the wide dissemination of high-quality research.
  • PhD qualified, in a related nutrition field.
  • At least five years post-Doctoral work experience.
  • Actively working in a research environment, managing and mentoring staff/research teams (evidenced by publications and grants/awards).
  • Evidence of undertaking ‘scoping’ reviews (evidence synthesis approaches) and systematic reviews
  • Experience in peer reviewing papers, appraising research and editing the work of others.
  • Evidence of ability to write successful bids/funding applications, such as translation of pathway to impact and multi-institution bids.
  • Experience of working with other university research departments, government, health charities and/or food industry.
  • Ability to translate scientific information into clear evidence-based messages for a range of different audiences.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. High-level written and oral communication skills. Excellent IT capabilities.
  • Evidence of presenting at scientific conferences.
  • Confidence to develop contacts and network externally.
  • Excellent organisational, time management and project management skills.
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and hard working. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Prepared to travel, with occasional overnight stays, evening and weekend work.

An advantage:

  • Registration in Nutrition and/or Dietetics.
  • Experience of working with the media and/or social media.
  • Lecturing experience.
  • Supervising undergraduate projects, masters and PhD students.

The post is full time (35 hours per week, core office hours are 10am – 4pm) and primarily office based (Covid-19 restrictions currently apply). Travel outside the UK may be required on occasion, as well as some travel within the UK. The post is initially for a two-year period, which may be extended.


A range of benefits are provided, including pension and healthcare package. Annual leave entitlement is 27 days per year, plus bank holidays. For salary information, please contact Sara Stanner.


Please send a covering letter and your CV to Sara Stanner, Science Director, by 5pm 12 March 2021.

Job description

All Science Managers at BNF, under the direction of the Science Director:

  • support the delivery of the BNF strategy;
  • support the Science Director to manage an effective package of work programmes, helping with project planning to ensure timely delivery of high quality outputs;
  • help to ensure financial security through membership recruitment and retention activities, and project/consultancy income generation;
  • lead effectively on projects, ensuring accuracy and quality of outputs, delivered by agreed deadlines;
  • mentor and support members of staff;
  • represent BNF at external meetings/stakeholder events;
  • undertake activities (including work with the media and other communications channels) to raise visibility of BNF and enhance its reputation for sound, evidence-based science with its members and external stakeholders;
  • work with the Science Director and other senior members of the science team to ensure high quality engagement with the media and through communications channels across BNF.

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