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Senior Scientist - Epidemiology (Emerging Infections)

Senior Scientist - Epidemiology (Emerging Infections)

Posted 24 November 2023 by Reed Talent Solutions
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The post-holder will be a member of scientific staff working on a range of activities undertaken by the Emerging Infections, Zoonoses and Travel Health (EIZ&T) team. The principal responsibility of the post will be undertaking epidemic intelligence activities for potential emerging infectious threats, the assessment of threats from emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases and generating weekly and monthly reports to a defined schedule. The post also involves the development, implementation and maintenance of new and existing reporting and risk assessment systems and outputs for potential threats. The post-holder will also be required to provide both regular and ad hoc information outputs to a range of national and international stakeholders, in a timely manner often with limited notice. These duties will require close collaboration with colleagues working on emerging infections and emergency planning and response both within the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and other UK agencies. The post-holder will also provide scientific and administrative support to the Human and Animal Infections and Risk Surveillance (HAIRS) group - a multidisciplinary cross-government horizon scanning and risk assessment group for emerging and potential zoonoses, as required.

The post-holder will undertake specific projects to support other work areas of the EIZ&T team, including the response to incidents.

Responsibilities section:

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

Horizon scanning and event surveillance and reporting

  • Responsible for undertaking the epidemic intelligence activities of the team, including maintaining the horizon scanning log and alerting the Principal Scientist and Lead Epidemiologist to incidents needing immediate attention.
  • Production of information outputs on emerging threats to a range of national and international stakeholders.
  • Liaise with colleagues in UKHSA and other Government Departments to ensure robust reporting lines for emerging infectious events.
  • Provide expert advice and assistance to other staff and agencies involved in emerging infections.

Risk analysis

  • Lead the risk assessment work for potential emerging infections, including zoonoses. Review the risk assessment processes and develop as appropriate.
  • The post also involves the development, implementation and maintenance of data systems to support this work, analysis and interpretation of complex data, compilation of reports and dissemination of information. These duties will require close working relationships with colleagues working on emerging infections and emergency planning and response both within UKHSA and in other agencies.

Other

  • Contribute to the development of the Emerging Infections, and other relevant sections within the gov.uk website; responsible for version control, accuracy and consistency of content.
  • Develop effective working relationships and facilitate liaisons between agencies, organisations and individuals working in surveillance and risk assessment for emerging infections.
  • Assist and participate with control of major incidents and emergency planning exercises as required.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary.

Please see the attached job description for a full list of responsibilities

Essential Criteria:

We are looking for an exceptional Senior Scientist.

It is important through your application and Statement of Suitability of 1500 words that you give evidence and examples of proven experience of each of the following criteria:

Essential

  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist area
  • MSc or equivalent experience in public health, epidemiology, health-care research or similar
  • Training in research methods, infectious disease epidemiology, surveillance and/or public health
  • Relevant work experience in public health including communicable disease epidemiology, and surveillance
  • Of using computers and database software packages (particularly Microsoft ACCESS and Excel)
  • Of interpreting and evaluating epidemiological data
  • Of data management, analysis and reporting
  • Presentation skills
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships, both in terms of day-to-day working practices, but also in relation to management systems

Desirable

  • PhD or equivalent experience in public health, epidemiology, health-care research or similar
  • Experience of emerging infections and risk analysis
  • Peer review publication record

Please see the attached job description for a full list of essential/desirable criteria

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