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Scientist
Grade
Civil Service: Senior Executive Officer SEO (Inner)
Contract
Fixed term: Until 30 September 2021
Hours
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
919-LO-33499109-EXT
Employer
Public Health England
Employer type
Public (Non NHS)
Site
Porton Down
Town
Salisbury
Salary
£36,329 - £42,481 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
30/10/2020 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Scientist

Civil Service: Senior Executive Officer SEO (Inner)

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.

  • 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.

Given the nature of the work of PHE, as a Category 1 department, you may be required in an emergency, if deemed a necessity, to redeploy to another role at short notice. You may also be required to work at any other location, within reasonable travelling distance of your permanent home address, in line with the provisions set out in your contract of employment.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: PHE website    

On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced plans to establish the National Institute for Health Protection and consult on the best future options for strengthening health improvement and other public health functions in the wider system. Public Health England and many of its employees will be in scope for transition to new organisations in Spring 2021. Any new or current employees working for Public Health England during this time, will receive appropriate communications and consultation prior to any formal transfer taking place.  Employees who compulsorily transfer to successor bodies will remain on their existing contractual terms and conditions and this applies both to current employees and those recruited during the transition.  The recruitment, growth & development of our workforce is vital for the continuing success of PHE and the future National Institute for Health Protection

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 Research Department in Microbiology Services, of which MS Porton has approximately 200 staff, perform a range of research activities, including high containment level work. The department’s work covers a broad range of projects involving the development and evaluation of interventions into a range of infectious diseases e.g. haemorrhagic fevers, arboviruses, and bacterial agents including anthrax and plague. The Diagnostic Support Team reviews, develops and implements diagnostic assays and evaluates equipment for use in the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL) as part of the panel of frontline tests and/or support outbreak responses.

An opportunity has arisen for a senior scientist to join the project team and/or provide serological/molecular expertise in a team responsible for the delivery of the scientific and technical activities within the project team. Ensure delivery of new/improved/refined diagnostic assays for use in RIPL as well as training and surge capacity in the event of an outbreak.

Duties include:

  1. Implement and utilise a range of molecular and serological methods in support of all diagnostic development activities for ACDP HG 2/3/4 pathogens within the project aimed to ensure project targets are met.
  2. Take responsibility for the provision of reagents and consumables required for the project and documented storage of materials generated.
  3. Lead members of the project team or project area to identify, evaluate and adapt new diagnostic technologies where appropriate and to ensure that the project operates to a high scientific standard using current methods.
  4. Establish links and collaborations within and outside the PHE as necessary to benefit the project and/or department including submission of proposals.
  5. Take lead responsibility for the supervision and training of junior staff allocated to the project and RIPL in specific areas of expertise.
  6. Provide reports through analysis of data using software and databases as necessary, to meet project targets and lead on preparation of presentations and publications.
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Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

For further information please contact Richard Vipond - richard.vipond@phe.gov.uk

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such 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 to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Richard Vipond
Job title
General Project Manager
Email address
richard.vipond@phe.gov.uk
Telephone number
01980 612430
Additional information

Richard Vipond - Richard.Vipond@phe.gov.uk

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