U.K./Commonwealth/E.E.A. nationals: Wastewater Researcher

United Kingdom Department of Health and Social Care
London, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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Location

These roles can be performed remotely. The central office is 39 Victoria Street, London.

About the job

Summary

The Joint Biosecurity Centre

The establishment of the new Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) unit, announced by the Prime Minister, aims to break the chains of COVID-19 through expert analysis and insights, enabling evidence based decisions at the national and local level.

The JBC collects a wide range of data and contextual information to build a picture of COVID-19 infection rates across the country and internationally – from testing and environmental data to local infrastructure testing (e.g. swab tests). This information is analysed and assessed to inform the overall level of risk to health from COVID-19 for the UK, including its primary drivers and concentrations which enables decision makers and responders to manage the COVID-19 risk.

Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace service is central to the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy. It is designed to enable life to return to as close to normal as possible, for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care. It brings together testing contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service.

We have some exciting opportunities to join the team and are looking for people to join us from across a range of professions and experiences. These are rewarding roles that require flexibility and versatility, to help deliver excellence and lead others.

This role will focus on generating data and assessing the levels of COVID circulating in the community, as an essential part of developing an effective strategy to prevent the re-emergence and further spread of COVID-19 within England. You will help facilitate the generation and use COVIS-19 RNA related data in the wastewater group, leading on mathematical modelling of wastewater, and maintenance of data stores. Specialist knowledge around wastewater and related molecular activities, a breadth of knowledge in water and wastewater sciences, and mathematical modelling ability are all essential skills, along with the ability to impart knowledge to a wide range of stakeholders.

Job description

This role will focus on generating data and assessing the levels of COVID circulating in the community, as an essential part of developing an effective strategy to prevent the re-emergence and further spread of COVID-19 within England. You will help facilitate the generation and use COVIS-19 RNA related data in the wastewater group, leading on mathematical modelling of wastewater, and maintenance of data stores. Specialist knowledge around wastewater and related molecular activities, a breadth of knowledge in water and wastewater sciences, and mathematical modelling ability are all essential skills, along with the ability to impart knowledge to a wide range of stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities
• Lead on derivation of community infection rates from wastewater SARS-CoV-2 quantification.
• Advise on the specific use of wastewater Covid data for routine reporting and modelling.
• Contribute to the experimental design and data collection, handling and processing protocols for wastewater pilots.

Additional roles in DHSC and Test & Trace

This recruitment process will be used to fill Grade 7 posts in the Joint Biosecurity Centre. There are also additional roles in the wider Test & Trace Programme, national testing programmes and additional analytical roles in DHSC.

We will hold a reserve list for further successful candidates and that will be used to fill future Grade 7 posts in these areas over the next 12 months.

Allocation of those on the reserve list to Grade 7 posts will be based on performance in this exercise and suitability of the individual to the post.

Many roles require shift and/or weekend working, with some shift patterns covering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 

Responsibilities

Essential Criteria:

• Substantial relevant experience within Environmental or similar scientific disciplines (academic or industry).
• Specialist knowledge or wastewater and related molecular activities is highly regarded, alongside expertise in water and wastewater sciences, and mathematical modelling.
• Experience of relationship management in complex matrix environments, working across a wide range of stakeholders (many from non-scientific backgrounds)
• Ability to effectively gather, access and report on data in a timely and accurate manner, with strict attention to detail.
• Confident in summarising then presenting findings and conclusions that can be interrogated and acted upon by both scientific and non-scientific stakeholders.

Qualifications:

• Masters or Doctorate degree in relevant discipline (e.g. medical/pharma, environment/biology, or similar) including exposure to data modelling via academic research.
• Industry experience along with some exposure to a project delivery environment would be an advantage.

Desirable Criteria:

• Quickly wins respect and gains trust of others and seen as credible when building relationships with stakeholders.
• Organised, able to prioritise the use of limited resources (money, time, people).
• Engaging communicator (written and oral), emotionally intelligent, able to influence peers and stakeholders at all levels.

Behaviours

• Communicating and Influencing - Communicate with others in a clear, honest and enthusiastic way in order to build trust. Explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand. Take into account people’s individual needs. Deliver difficult messages with clarity and sensitivity, being persuasive when required. Consider the impact of the language used. Remain open-minded and impartial in discussions, whilst respecting the diverse interests and opinions of others. Introduce different methods for communication, including making the most of digital resources whilst getting value for money. Monitor the effectiveness of own and team communications and take action to improve where necessary.

• Leadership - Promote diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity, respecting difference and external experience. Welcome and respond to views and challenges from others, despite any conflicting pressures to ignore or give in to them. Stand by, promote or defend own and team’s actions and decisions where needed. Seek out shared interests beyond own area of responsibility, understanding the extent of the impact actions have on the organisation. Inspire and motivate teams to be fully engaged in their work and dedicated to their role.

• Seeing the Big Picture - Develop and maintain an understanding of economic, social, political, environmental and technological developments to ensure activity is relevant. Ensure plans and activities in your area of work reflect wider strategic priorities and communicate effectively with senior leaders to influence future strategies. Adopt a government-wide perspective to ensure alignment of activity and policy. Bring together views, perspectives and diverse needs of stakeholders to gain a broader understanding of the issues surrounding policies and activities.

• Working Together - Actively build and maintain a network of colleagues and contacts to achieve progress on shared objectives. Challenge assumptions while being willing to compromise if beneficial to progress. Build strong interpersonal relationships and show genuine care for colleagues. Ensure consideration and support for the wellbeing of yourself and individuals throughout the team. Understand the varying needs of the team to ensure they are supported and their experiences are utilised. Create an inclusive working environment where all opinions and challenges are taken into account and bullying, harassment and discrimination are unacceptable. Remain available and approachable to all colleagues and be receptive to new ideas.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together

Benefits

• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation to us via CS Jobs:

A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

A Statement of Suitability (no more than 1250 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application. Please ensure that both documents contain your full name, and your current level of security clearance if applicable.

If you are shortlisted, you will then be asked to attend an interview, in order to have a more in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence. We will assess you on the following behaviours during the interview process:

- Communicating and Influencing
- Leadership
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Working Together

Candidates will be asked to deliver a five minute presentation at interview stage. Further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may
be carried out.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre- stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to JBC will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You will however have access to the Government's Tax Free Childcare scheme.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Name :
 
Jamie Carter

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Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Kate Caulkin, People and Workplace Director at in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.