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Head of the NIS Bioinformatics and WGS Software Development Service

Job Reference: 919-RD-32939822-EXT

Employer:
Public Health England
Department:
NIS
Location:
Colindale, London
Salary:
£64,156 - £75,035 per ann

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

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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.

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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.


The Bioinformatics and WGS Software Development Service delivers a coherent unified WGS service for PHE. Its strategic ambition is to ensure unified informatics solutions for assembling, analysing and reporting WGS results for a wide range of bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens. It continues to build on extensive work establishing bespoke and successful routine WGS-based services for several key infectious disease agents.

We are looking for a capable, highly motivated individual to lead and further develop the Bioinformatics and WGS Software Development Service. The successful candidate will be skilled in developing and utilising applications for processing genomic data and development of new world-leading solutions to support the expanding WGS services across PHE. They will be expected to work with academia and other public health institutions to develop and deliver research and accredited pipelines for WGS.

Responsible for leading and managing the delivery and development of analytical and data processing services in the Core Bioinformatics and WGS Software Development Service, the post holder will be responsible for providing leadership, management and oversight for the day-to-day running and development of the Bioinformatics and WGS Software Development Service. They will ensure effective working with embedded bioinformaticians and software developers in topic specific services within NIS.

Option 3 – External

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

For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr. Susan Hopkins, Deputy Director, National Infection Service, Public Health England via Susan.Hopkins@phe.gov.uk




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.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application may be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system. If imported, all subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from apps.trac.jobs. You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Public Health England transferring the information to its preferred applicant management system. Please note, all communication regarding your application will be made via email, please ensure you check your junk/spam folders.

Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

For more information please go to the PHE website.



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