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Laboratory Preparedness Manager

Public Health England - UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST)

Location: Salisbury
Salary: £36,329 to £42,481
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2021
Closes: 28th September 2021
Job Ref: 919-LO-28264282-EXT

Job overview

We are seeking a Laboratory Preparedness Manager for the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST). You will be employed by Public Health England (PHE) with an honorary contract with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). You will be expected to work closely with both institutions.

The UK-PHRST has a triple remit is to support outbreak response, outbreak-related research, and capacity building in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The UK-PHRST is a partnership between PHE and LSHTM, with contributions from numerous academic partners. The team monitors infectious diseases and other hazards globally to identify situations where the deployment of specialist expertise can mitigate these threats. It rapidly deploys a team of multidisciplinary public health professionals and researchers on behalf of the UK Government to areas of need in support of national governments, the World Health Organisation and other partners.

Main duties of the job

As a member of the Core Deployable Team, you will be available to be deployed to outbreaks within 48 hours’ notice. You will also be expected to conduct research projects and provide capacity development in low and middle-income countries on behalf of the UK-PHRST. You should expect to spend up to 40 percent of their time overseas. You may be asked to act as team leader for outbreak deployments if needed.

You will ideally have a good understanding of managing diagnostic laboratories and be able to demonstrate experience in safety and/or quality management to enable you to lead associated programmes of work. Expert knowledge of working in ACDP containment level 3 together with a thorough understanding of multiple diagnostic methods are critical criteria for the post.

Working for your organisation

The UK-PHRST team is comprised of epidemiologists, microbiologists, clinical researchers, infection prevention and control experts, social scientists, and data managers, in addition to the Director and Deputy Directors and core management team. The principal role of the post is to ensure operational preparedness of the UK-PHRST flight case laboratory, including developing and maintaining all quality and safety processes and documentation. In addition, you will be responsible for managing the laboratory during overseas deployments, and less frequently to support research and capacity development projects in LMICs.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

It is vital that you are able to manage and prioritise your workload to ensure the delivery of objectives within set timescales. Successful UK-PHRST Microbiology operations are dependent on good team dynamics, so strong team building and working skills are an essential requisite of the job. Effective communication skills will be needed to support team function and to maintain and develop good working relations with partners both in the UK and overseas.

Option 3 – External

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

Closing date: 28 September 2021.

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