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Research Fellow (Behavioural Science)

Salary:
£35,686 - £42,269 pro rata
Location:
Porton Down
Company:
Public Health England

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This vacancy exists within the Emergency Response Department of Public Health England (PHE), working in the Behavioural Science Team of the Emergency Response Department Science and Technology Group (ERD S&T).

The Emergency Response Department is a multidisciplinary environment that includes: infectious disease biologists and epidemiologists, mathematical modellers, behavioural scientists, specialists in geographic information systems, scientific computing, exercise and training managers, medical intelligence specialists and public health emergency response professionals. In partnership with others both within PHE and from outside, we collate data and information from across the world on new and emerging infectious disease threats including potential bioterrorist threats. This information is integrated with a wide range of other UK specific data in order to develop risk assessments and mathematical models and other IT/computer-based applications to assist in the design and delivery of emergency planning, training, exercising and response functions.

The post will suit a post-doctoral behavioural scientist or psychologist with research experience in public health, health protection, emergency preparedness and response, experimental psychology or a related applied field. As the post will be working as part of an integrated multidisciplinary team and with external collaborators within and outside PHE, you will be a team player with a strong academic background, experience of report writing and academic publication, and willing to develop your knowledge of public health emergency preparedness and response processes.

Please note that these posts are subject to obtaining a UK Government National Security Vetting Clearance at SC Level. This requires applicants to have been continuously resident in the UK for the last 5 years.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria.

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer.

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:

Richard Amlôt (richard.amlot@phe.gov.uk, 01980 612917).



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.

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