Senior Scientist (HIV/STI Surveillance and Prevention)

Public Health England

PHE is bringing together its national scientific laboratories and headquarters to create one of the world’s leading centres for public health science in Harlow, Essex, in the heart of the London and Cambridge life sciences corridor. This post will move to PHE Harlow between 2021 and 2024 as part of this major development. For more information please search ‘PHE Harlow collection’.

The HIV and STI department collects some of the richest and most complex surveillance data on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) globally through the GUMCAD STI Surveillance System and the Chlamydia Testing Activity Dataset (CTAD). In addition, the department has access to data on STI management in general practice held in a large UK primary care research database.

The post-holder will lead the development of analytical tools and methodologies in STI surveillance using these data-sets and, in particular, will lead on improving surveillance of STIs diagnosed and managed in primary care. He/she will oversee development and quality assurance of standard and ad hoc surveillance reports and analyses for scientific publications. He/she will be expected to develop scientific projects and prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications, particularly in the field of STI management in primary care. He/she will play a crucial role in advising departmental colleagues on epidemiological analysis and statistical programming and oversee an analysis training programme for junior scientists.

All applicants must hold an appropriate post-graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) with relevant research experience. He/she must also have experience of programming in advanced statistical packages, such as Stata, and of coordinating projects in complex and challenging environments.

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.

For further information/an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Hamish Mohammed (

For further information please visit And search for 919-AP-12522803-EXT

Closing date: 11 February 2018.

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

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