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Public Health Wales

Senior Epidemiological Scientist

Job description

Public Health Wales provides integrated health protection services to the people of Wales, through information, advice and taking action to protect people from communicable disease and environmental hazards. Services are delivered through health protection teams, a range of national health protection programmes, the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (CDSC), the environmental health protection team and a national network of microbiology/ reference/ specialist laboratory services.
The Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (CDSC) is the epidemiology and surveillance branch of the Health Protection Division. This is a senior role in CDSC with a responsibility to lead departmental work supporting the surveillance, field epidemiology and genomic response to infectious diseases in Wales. The post holder will lead teams of epidemiologists and analysts to maintain existing surveillance systems, develop new systems, supervise field epidemiology investigations, and engage in teaching and research. This role is likely to involve close working with the Gastrointestinal, Emerging Infections and Zoonoses specialty group in CDSC

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will have very advanced knowledge in the field of health protection and communicable diseases. They will use highly developed skills in epidemiology, research and scientific communication to generate and lead epidemiological work, and communicate findings to stakeholders, including the public, health professionals within Public Health Wales, the NHS, Health Boards and Welsh Government.
The post holder will have a role in developing and delivering training on a variety of scientific topics. To do this the post-holder will be required to liaise with individuals from varied backgrounds in a range of organisations.
The post holder will be required to line manage and/or co-ordinate work of junior team members. They will be required to train staff, supervise or mentor junior staff and demonstrate specific tasks or work as required to others.
The post holder will contribute to Public Health Wales's Research Strategy by identifying knowledge gaps in healthcare settings, and undertaking research & development activities that may include the preparation of applications for funding. They will be expected to work within any budgets set by the department but will be expected to make recommendations on the most appropriate allocation of resource.
The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

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