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Head of Population Cancer Research

Job Reference: 028-AC216-0819-A

Public Health Wales NHS Trust
Cancer Research
Capital Quarter 2, Cardiff
£44,606 to £50,819 per annum

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Job title: Head of Population Cancer Research

Area of work: Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Public Health Wales

Base: Capital Quarter 2, Cardiff

Tenure: Fixed Term until 31 March 2021

Salary: Band 8a

Working pattern: 37.5 hours per week

Initially fixed term until 31 March 2021, following which the post will be reviewed, and subject to funding and agreement, may be extended.

We are seeking a highly motivated Head of Population Cancer Research to lead and develop the high-quality research undertaken at the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU) of Public Health Wales. This is a new senior research post based at Public Health Wales in central Cardiff. The post is initially until 31 March 2021, following which the post will be reviewed, and subject to funding and agreement, may be extended. We are also seeking an honorary university position for this post.

You will be collaborative and able to build strong relationships with external research partners and internal investigators, such as in our Screening Division and our new Knowledge Directorate and its Head of Research and Evaluation. You should be an experienced senior researcher and a manager, familiar with research governance and grant applications, with a track record of scientific publications. You will have the ability to take a leading role in the development of a strategic approach to WCISU’s international population-based cancer research programme with its partners, as well as managing research and authoring papers.

WCISU has a strong research track-record. We collaborate across Public Health Wales and the wider public health system, with other NHS organisations such as the Wales Cancer Network, and with academia, the third sector and other cancer registries, particularly in the UK and Ireland (through the UK and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries), and also across the European Network of Cancer Registries and the global International Association of Cancer Registries. We also link with the key the global WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, based in Lyon, France.

Our academic links include, amongst others, Belfast’s Queens University, Leeds University, Swansea University, Glasgow University, Cardiff University, University College London, Imperial College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Bangor University, Milan’s Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori and University College, Cork.

The Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit is the national centre for population-based cancer intelligence. We are part of the wider Health Intelligence Division and the new Knowledge Directorate of Public Health Wales. Our key statutory role is to

  • Create the population-based national cancer registry for Wales
  • Analyse the cancer registry data and Office for National Statistics-derived mortality data to publish and disseminate cancer incidence, mortality and survival statistics as annual official and/or statutory statistics

Public Health Wales also has the following statutory function:

  • To develop and maintain arrangements for making information about matters related to the protection and improvement of health in Wales available to the public; to undertake and commission research into such matters and to contribute to the provision and development of training in such matters;

Shortlisted candidates will be required to bring their three latest published peer-reviewed scientific journal articles for discussion.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interview Date: 3rd December 2019

Closing date: 17th November 2019

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Dyfed Wyn Huws, Director of WCISU on 02921 674916

Public Health Wales, reserves the right to close this vacancy early. We therefore encourage early applications. If you are successful and short listed for interview you will be contacted by email using the address with which you registered. Please ensure you check your email account regularly.

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Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English. To support our all Wales service, we particularly welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

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