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Epidemiology and Information Scientist

Job Reference: 919-AP-11955880-EXT

Employer:
Public Health England
Department:
Field Service
Location:
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Salary:
£27,527 - £34,841 per annum (pro rata)

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health.

Please note that if the pay scheme is listed as 'Other', the post advertised will be subject to Public Health England Civil Service Terms and Conditions of employment unless otherwise stated.

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This is a Non Reserved post under the Civil Service Nationality Rules and is therefore open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members. For more information please refer to the supporting documents detailing the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

For posts on Public Health England Civil Service terms and conditions, on appointment the salary is normally the minimum point (see salary range above). This will be dependent on the successful candidate’s current salary and terms and/or equivalent experience. The Civil Service pay structure and progression is different from NHS Agenda for Change, most local authority pay grades and other systems which have annual pay increments. Salary increases are awarded based on performance assessed through the annual appraisal cycle. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining PHE.

PHE is bringing together its national scientific laboratories and headquarters to create one of the world’s leading centres for public health science in Harlow, Essex, in the heart of the London and Cambridge life sciences corridor. Between 2021 and 2024 all posts based at the Porton, Colindale, Skipton and Wellington House sites (except positions in Centres & Regions) will move to PHE Harlow as part of this major development. For more information please search ‘PHE Harlow collection’.


PHE is bringing together its national scientific laboratories and headquarters to create one of the world’s leading centres for public health science in Harlow, Essex, in the heart of the London and Cambridge life sciences corridor. For more information please search ‘PHE Harlow collection’.

Public Health England provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally, and enable locally, a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England, regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It will achieve this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. PHE is an executive agency of the Department of Health. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

The Field Service was established to provide a national comprehensive field service which is geographically dispersed. It integrates epidemiological and microbiological capacity and skills, securing outbreak investigations that are consistently of the highest quality. It provides an effector arm for NIS, supporting the translation of evidence into practice as well as having a role in strengthening surveillance through closer links with the NHS and other partners. The Field Service also provides effective leadership and coordination of the NIS global health and PHE port health functions.

Job Purpose / Summary

An opportunity has arisen to contribute to the surveillance and outbreak response functions of the North East Field Epidemiology Team (FET) based in Newcastle-upon Tyne. This includes data collection, analysis preparation and timely dissemination of reports on the occurrence of infectious diseases in the FET area, providing epidemiology support outbreak investigation teams, and contributing to national level work.

We are looking for a scientist interested in pursuing a career in epidemiology within a health protection environment to fulfil the role of Epidemiology & Information Scientist. You should have a degree in science or maths, and/or a higher degree in epidemiology or related subject, or post graduate experience in a relevant field. You should have an interest in the principles and practice of surveillance, including epidemiological methods, data extraction, statistical analysis and data reporting.

You will contribute to surveillance activities (including assuring data quality and improving and enhancing surveillance systems); ensure provision and constructive interpretation of timely, accurate and appropriate surveillance data; and support field epidemiology investigations of infectious disease outbreaks and other issues of public health significance.

Option 3 - External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

Appointment to this post is on PHE terms and conditions of service. Only previous continuous service in the Civil Service is recognised for contractual purposes.

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Alison Waldram, Epidemiologist or Dr Petra Manley, Consultant Epidemiologist on 0300 303 8596 Option 1.

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer




As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how the PHE Charter is an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver a service.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (attached as a supporting document). PHE is a disability confident employer and is committed to inclusion and diversity. We welcome applications from people with a disability or long term health condition.

Employees who feel they have been unfairly treated during a recruitment process can use the civil service commission’s grievance procedure. External candidates should complain to the hiring manager handling their campaign. In addition both internal and external candidates have the right to complain to the Civil Service Commissioners.

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Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

For more information please go to the PHE website.



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