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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a mathematical modeller to develop innovative, data-driven models in the field of antibiotic resistance and to use these models to evaluate control strategies in order to inform policy in this high priority area. There are few public health issues currently of greater importance than antimicrobial resistance in terms of impact on the health of society. The rise in AMR bacteria, coupled with a lack of existing antibiotics (and with none expected in the near future) means that the number of infections that are untreatable is ever increasing. In 2011 the Chief Medical Officer recommended that antibiotic resistance be put on the government’s national risk register of civil emergencies, while the World Health Organization has stated that resistance to antibiotics could bring “the end of modern medicine as we know it”.
This post will contribute to the innovative research required to identify and rigorously evaluate solutions, in order to inform health policy. The research conducted by the post-holder will improve our understanding of AMR development, transmission and control in hospital and community populations. The research will be expected to provide practical and clinically relevant insights to directly inform national policy.
The post-holder will gain valuable experience working closely with policy colleagues at PHE, the Department of Health, as well as in a multi-disciplinary environment of clinicians, epidemiologists, microbiologists, modellers, economists, statisticians and bioinformaticians at PHE and collaborating institutions.
This post provides an ideal opportunity to gain experience in infectious disease research to inform policy, in a particularly high profile, high priority area. While the post will be part of the AMR Programme the post holder will sit within the Modelling and Economics Unit of PHE’s Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control (CIDSC) in Colindale, in NW London. CIDSC is an internationally-renowned centre of excellence for expertise, reference and research, surveillance and epidemiology in relation to human health. It is an excellent place to conduct public health research that can help shape policy both nationally and internationally.
We are seeking an able modeller with proven high-level skills in data analysis and interpretation and an interest in infectious disease epidemiology or public health. Experience in handling multiple complex datasets and/or using surveillance data would be a distinct advantage. The application deadline for this post is July 10th, 2016, with interviews taking place on July 14th, 2016.
Applicants who are invited for interview will be asked to give a 5-minute presentation explaining how they meet the selection criteria. Applicants are very strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification at the end of this document as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria.
PHE Colindale’s modern purpose built centre is well equipped and provides excellent Library, Occupational Health and Refectory facilities. There is also a Gym on site.
Stage 4 vacancy
Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).
Appointment to this post is on PHE terms and conditions of service. Only previous continuous service in the Civil Service is recognised for contractual purposes.
If you wish to discuss this post then please contact Dr Julie Robotham (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview. If you have not been contacted within 4-6 weeks of the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted for the next stage.
Interview expenses will not normally be paid but will be paid in exceptional circumstances in agreement with the Deputy Director of HR.
If you are attending for interview where a nursing registration is required please ensure you bring with you evidence of progress with your revalidation portfolio. You will be required at interview to show you are up to date with each requirement.
PHE is required to check employment and/or education history covering three consecutive years. Please therefore supply referees (with email addresses) to cover this period. Additional documentation such as P60s may be required as evidence. You MUST give details of at least two different referees, even if you were employed in one company for three years or more
For more information please go to the PHE website.