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UK Health Security Agency

Principal Scientist (Epidemiology)

Job description

This post is within the Healthcare Associated Infection, Fungal, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Antimicrobial Utilisation (AMU) & Sepsis Division (Clinical & Public Health group) of UKHSA. The mission of the division is to protect people from healthcare-associated and antimicrobial resistant infections, through world-leading public health microbiology, outbreak response, surveillance, antimicrobial stewardship, modelling, research and interventions.
The postholder will be a senior member of the scientific staff within the HCAI, Fungal, AMR, AMU & Sepsis Division. The postholder will work within a multi-disciplinary team including epidemiologists, microbiologists, public health specialists, bioinformaticians, behavioural scientists, data managers, statisticians, IT specialists, and operational and administrative staff.
The Division is responsible for a range of national surveillance programmes that collect epidemiological data on a number of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) and invasive bacterial infections; monitoring resistance to and usage of antimicrobials; providing specialist epidemiology; coordinating the investigation and cause of national outbreaks; advice to government. In addition to epidemiological focused work the division also includes national reference laboratory for HCAI and AMR related pathogens.

Main duties of the job

The post holder, based within the AMR and Prescribing Team (AMRP) at the UKHSA Colindale site, will take a senior role responsible for a number of high-profile outputs supporting delivery of the Government’s National Action Plan (NAP) to tackle AMR, providing and developing national surveillance of HCAIs and AMR, and leading research studies. There are a number of areas of focus within the Surveillance and Epidemiology Sections of the Division, including but not limited to:

  • Surgical Site Infection Surveillance (SSI)
  • Streptococcal Infections
  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Prescribing (AMRP)
  • Mandatory Surveillance of Bloodstream Infections including Gram negative infections and Clostridiodies difficile
  • Infections in Critical Care Units (ICCU)
    The role will involve working in a small team to provide scientific support to the analysis, operation, and development of surveillance systems including development of methodology and directing changes to data capture systems in liaison with system architects and software developers. The role may involve day-to-day management of scientific, technical and information staff within their Section.
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