Senior Scientist

Public Health England - Vaccine Evaluation Unit, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Public Health England will provide 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.  Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health, which started on 1 April 2013. We are a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support Government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

The Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership (MMMP) is a collaboration between Central Manchester Foundation Trust (CMFT) and Public Health England (PHE). The microbiology partnership provides comprehensive services and specialist services to a wide range of hospitals across the North West and beyond.

The laboratory is accredited by CPA; and we actively encourage CPD activities and post-graduate qualifications.

We are looking for the right individual to take on this Senior Scientist post within the Vaccine Evaluation Unit (VEU), Manchester Royal Infirmary. You will be responsible and act as lead scientist for the day to day running of the Meningococcal B section of the VEU. He or she shall ensure laboratory assay performance and supervision of personnel is carried out to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) standards and external contracts met. He or she will assist in strategic scientific research and development programmes within the Unit including the development of new specialised immunoassays. You will contribute to the operations of the Unit to maintain an efficient service and provide advice on scientific and technical issues. He or she will maintain an area of highly specialised knowledge and take day to day responsibility for provision of scientific services in that area. Accuracy and attention to detail are essential.

The successful applicant will possess a BSc Hons and PhD in an appropriate biological discipline.

We are looking for an individual with good Information Technology skills with knowledge of specialised immunoassay analysis software and Microsoft Office in particular MS Access, who has good communication skills and who can work well as part of a team.

For further information/informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof Ray Borrow on 0161 276 8850.

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Closing date: 4 November 2016.

Stage 4 vacancy

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

In addition, it has been agreed that the PHE can extend this vacancy to our host Trust for staff working alongside PHE microbiology services. Employees of (enter name of trust – i.e. Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust) are therefore eligible to apply for this post. This includes those who are on secondment to other organisations or are away from their place of work for any reason, such as maternity leave.

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. Please also see job description for competencies.

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