U.K. nationals: Environmental Scientist (Climate Change)

Public Health England
Chilton, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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PHE is committed to assessing and reducing/preventing the public health impacts relating to environmental hazards. This post is a rare opportunity to contribute to the development of an exciting and dynamic area of environmental public health. PHE develops and delivers evidence-based advice on the health effects of climate and environmental change.

A new position has arisen for a Healthcare Scientist to support the Climate Change Group within the Chemicals and Environmental Effects Department at CRCE (Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards).

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated individual, with excellent project coordination skills, a track-record of delivering good quality work and exceptional organisational skills. He/she will have highly developed communication skills and must be able to engage effectively and develop excellent working relationships with a wide range of individuals and stakeholders at local, national and international levels. He/she must be able to work both independently and as part of the wider team.

This post is an excellent opportunity to work within a successful research and development environment, working alongside other dedicated and innovative individuals in the field of health protection. It will be essential that the post holder builds close working relationships with other departments (Environmental Hazards and Emergencies, Toxicology, and Epidemiology) in the Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards.

The post holder will provide support the work of the Climate Change Group, my assisting with the development of advice on the human health effects of climate change.

The post holder will also provide support for climate change adaptation work through the Climate Change Risk Assessment and the National Adaptation Programme, for example. This post will contribute to the research programme of the Climate Change Group, with a view to publishing peer reviewed articles, and contribute to the Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Environmental Change and Health funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). This HPRU is a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Public Health England, University of Exeter, the UK Met Office, and University College London (UCL). The post holder will seek out and develop collaborative working between the Climate Change Group and other stakeholders, both within PHE and externally. They will work closely with the other members of the Climate Change Groups and other Groups within PHE, and deputise for senior staff as required.

The post holder will have BSc or Masters in a relevant discipline and have relevant post-graduate experience working in environmental public health.

The is a permanent post, based in Chilton, Oxfordshire.

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

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