Deputy Director, Whole Genome Sequencing

Public Health England - Development and Implementation Service

Salary: Senior Civil Service (SCS) 1 salary commensurate with the job and successful applicant.

Location: North London with extensive travel.

Permanent, 37.5 hours per week.

The National Infection Service (NIS)

Public Health England (PHE) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, delivering a wide range of public health functions with over 5,000 staff. Following a strategic review of PHE, the National Infection Service (NIS) was established in 2015, with the aim of ensuring that England remains at the leading edge of public health science. Bringing together existing teams of approximately 2,500 scientifi c, medical, administrative and managerial colleagues to reduce the burden of infectious disease and improve public health.

The National Infection Service is the largest directorate in Public Health England and is being reorganised to strengthen multidisciplinary and scientific leadership. Our development programme has commenced and our reorganisation will occur in 2018. We are building on decades of

world-class expertise to develop new organisational arrangements that are fit for the future, and then transferring these to a new Public Health England national centre at Harlow in 2021-2024.

NIS is recruiting to eleven leadership posts for our new management team. Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise in their chosen field (both nationally and internationally), coupled with the ability to build and inspire high-performing teams; leading the development and transformation of the NIS while delivering the day-to-day protection of the public from infectious disease. Implicit in our work is a commitment from our leaders to deliver a safe and seamless transition to PHE Harlow.

We are looking for:

A Deputy Director to lead on all aspects of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) activity across the NIS. A main initial task is to ensure that the dispersed expertise in sample/isolate preparation and processing, whole genome sequencing, computational biology, statistical genetics and software development found across the different components in NIS is brought into a singly managed, effective unit, which provides scalability and resilience in the longer term, in order to meet the future WGS service needs of NIS.

This is a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in realising our ambitions to ensure the NIS is at the forefront of scientific innovation as world leaders in this field of public health-focused Whole Genome Sequencing. You will have significant senior level experience and scientific expertise in this field and a proven ability to build and lead a highly engaged, high performing department to realise these ambitions.

Given the innovative nature of the service, the successful candidate may come from a public sector, academic, research or commercial background.

For further information please visit https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/ and search for job reference 919-RCR-24597296-EXT.

Closing date: 13 October 2017.

Interview window: from 31 October 2017.

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

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