Aerosol Scientist (SEO)

Public Health England - CRCE Toxicology Department

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (full-time)
Job Type: Fixed Term - 3 years

To apply for this vacancy, please visit and search for job reference number: 919-JM-18985317-EXT.

The Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) provides advice, research and services to protect the public from hazards resulting from exposure to chemicals and poisons, radiation (both ionising and non-ionising) and ultrasound and infrasound.

The CRCE Toxicology Department undertakes research on chemicals that underpins its role in providing advice on the public health risks from environmental hazards. Within the department the Nanoparticle Research Group undertakes research on the potential health impacts of engineered nanoparticles and other airborne contaminants in collaboration with a number of UK universities and other research organisations. A post has become available in the group for an aerosol scientist to undertake a range of specialized laboratory work and research in support of the work of the group and wider department.

A key aspect of the group’s work is the development and operation of systems for the production and characterisation of aerosols. The successful candidate will take responsibility for specific aspects of the design, development, maintenance and operation of the group’s laboratory facilities and equipment, liaising as necessary with internal staff and contractors to ensure their continuing efficient operation. They will also contribute to (and in some cases take responsibility for) the management of research projects, including: planning, experimental design, procedures and data analysis, and collaborate with internal and external partners in the undertaking of experimental studies. In addition they will be expected to contribute to the development of proposals for funding with internal and external collaborators, produce sound scientific papers for external peer reviewed publication, give presentations in various fora, including international conferences, and assist in the supervision of junior staff and students.

Candidates require a good honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate science subject (e.g. physics or chemistry), and a higher degree or equivalent experience involving a significant component of aerosol science. Practical experience of techniques for the measurement of aerosol characteristics is also essential. The candidate will have experience of complex laboratory work in a research setting, and to possess general laboratory and experimental design skills. They should be able to work with others as part of a team but also work independently and to have good time management skills. Effective written and verbal communications skills are also essential for the post.

Experience of working with nanomaterials is desirable, but not essential.

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Rachel Smith email, tel: 01235 825191.

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.

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

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