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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/03/2020.

Bioinformatician

Job Reference: 919-RD-33354031-EXT

Employer:
Public Health England
Department:
Microbiology
Location:
Colindale, London
Salary:
£31,759 - £39,493 per annum

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

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
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 PHE 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 that have annual pay increments. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining PHE.
  • For clinically ringfenced AfC or Medical/Dental posts, you must obtain the correct professional registration to be appointed. The pay will follow the AfC or Medical & Dental terms & conditions. You may be asked to provide evidence on previous service whilst we are conducting pre-employment checks to determine starting salaries.

Any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Temporary Appointments: If you are external to the Civil Service, you will take up the post on a Fixed Term appointment, if you are an existing Civil Servant, based outside of PHE, you will take up the post as a loan and if you are an existing PHE member of staff, you will take up the post as either a level transfer or a temporary promotion as per PHE’s Pay and Grading policy. If you are an existing Civil Servant, (in PHE or elsewhere) you must have prior agreement from your Line Manager before applying for this post.


A vacancy exists for an enthusiastic Healthcare Scientist/Bioinformatician in the Gastrointestinal Bacteria Reference Unit (GBRU). The GBRU is part of the PHE’s Microbiology Services based at Colindale London and is the national microbiological reference laboratory for a range of gastrointestinal pathogens. The laboratory offers a full identification and typing service using a variety of both conventional microbiological and molecular techniques such as PCR and sequenced based identification and typing. The laboratory has an active research and development program investigating the genetic diversity of pathogens and rapid techniques for the detection of food, water and environmentally borne diseases.

This post is funded by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The post holder will provide laboratory and bioinformatics support for a project investigating the levels of Campylobacter species isolated from poultry, and monitoring trends of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The focus of this aspect of the project is to analyse the phylogenetic relationships, and genome-derived and phenotypic AMR profiles of the Campylobacter species isolated from poultry in the context of those causing human gastrointestinal symptoms.

We are seeking a Healthcare Scientist/Bioinformatician with experience in molecular microbiology, epidemiology and bioinformatics, with an understanding of the principals of DNA sequence analysis and phylogenetics. Additional requirements for these posts are good interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate complex information both written and oral, clearly and concisely, flexibility, team work, working to deadlines and an enthusiastic outlook.

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 details / informal visits contact:

Claire Jenkins 0208 327 6035 or Tim Dallman 0208 327 6291.




The Civil Service (CS) embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the CS 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.

The law requires that selection for appointment to the CS is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the CS Commission's Recruitment Principles.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact PHE recruitment team in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from PHE, you can contact the CS Commission.

If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

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Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

For more information please go to the PHE website.


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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.



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