Senior Environmental Scientist (Climate Change - Biostatistician)

Public Health England - Chemical and Environmental Effects Department

Location: Chilton, Harwell, Oxfordshire  
Hours: 37.5 hours per week 
Job Type: Fixed Term (until 31/03/2019)

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health providing strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in the protection and improvement the nation’s health.

Job Purpose / Summary

PHE is committed to assessing and reducing/preventing the public health impacts relating to environmental hazards. This post is a rare opportunity to contribute to the development of an exciting and dynamic area of environmental public health. PHE develops and delivers evidence-based advice on the health effects of climate and environmental change.

This post will contribute to the research programme of the Climate Change Group, with a view to publishing peer reviewed articles, and contributing to the Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Environmental Change and Health funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). This HPRU is a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Public Health England, University of Exeter, the UK Met Office, and University College London (UCL). This post will mainly contribute to the Natural Environment programme (Theme 3) of the HPRU.

The post holder will develop and build on epidemiological methods for examining the climatic and other drivers of infection. The data will derive from diverse sources both within the UK and across Europe. The post holder will be based within the Climate Change Group at CRCE (Chilton) and work closely with others, such as the Gastrointestinal Emerging and Zoonotic Infections Group at PHE’s Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control at Colindale (London), the Medical Entomology and Zoonoses Ecology Group at Porton, and with the other institutions involved in the HPRU, particularly those involved in Theme 3 (Exeter University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Met Office). The post holder will provide expertise in epidemiological methods, biostatistics, and infectious disease modelling, with a view to publishing peer reviewed articles. They will also ensure integration across PHE centres/departments and between the HPRU partners.

In addition, the post holder will provide support for climate change adaptation policies through the Climate Change Risk Assessment and the National Adaptation Programme, for example. They will seek out and develop collaborative working between the Climate Change Group and other stakeholders, both within PHE and externally. They will work closely with the other members of the Climate Change Group and other Groups within PHE, and deputise for senior staff as required.

The post holder will have PhD in a relevant discipline and have relevant post-graduate experience working in environmental science.

The post is based in Chilton, Oxfordshire.

For further information and an informal discussion please contact Dr Clare Heaviside on 01235 825142.

Full details and how to apply are here: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/0a0ba376f425f3f79604d43df914a6dc/?vac_ref=914738252

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