Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health.
Please note that if the pay scheme is listed as ‘Other’, the post advertised will be subject to Public Health England Civil Service Terms and Conditions of employment unless otherwise stated.
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This is a Non Reserved post under the Civil Service Nationality Rules and is therefore open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members. For more information please refer to the supporting documents detailing the Civil Service Nationality Rules.
For posts on Public Health England Civil Service terms and conditions, on appointment the salary is normally the minimum point (see salary range above). This will be dependent on the successful candidate’s current salary and terms and/or equivalent experience. The Civil Service pay structure and progression is different from NHS Agenda for Change, most local authority pay grades and other systems which have annual pay increments. Salary increases are awarded based on performance assessed through the annual appraisal cycle. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining PHE.
PHE is bringing together its national scientific laboratories and headquarters to create one of the world’s leading centres for public health science in Harlow, Essex, in the heart of the London and Cambridge life sciences corridor. Between 2021 and 2024 all posts based at the Porton, Colindale, Skipton and Wellington House sites (except positions in Centres & Regions) will move to PHE Harlow as part of this major development. For more information please search ‘PHE Harlow collection’.
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To perform a range of routine tasks, including sample reception and preparation and to work as part of a team to perform routine examination of samples and update laboratory IT systems. The post holder will be expected to work 37.5 hours flexibly between 8:00 and 19.00 Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sunday as required.
We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic team player to work in a busy laboratory environment who is pro-active, reliable and professional at all times. The role is essential for the provision of an analytical microbiology service for food, water and environmental samples, including the production of accurate and relevant results and reports. You will be able to demonstrate a high level of motivation and commitment to high standards, and be prepared to work flexibly and out of hours when business needs demand.
The post-holder will have good standard of General Education i.e. GCSE in English, Maths and Science or Education to NVQ 2, ideally with previous experience in Public Health Microbiology in the area of food and water testing. The post holder must demonstrate an understanding of Quality Management Systems, especially in relation to UKAS accreditation.
He/she must have working knowledge of the laboratory environment, including both practical and theoretical knowledge of the various methods employed. In return you will benefit from an excellent pension, and the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment, using modern equipment and practices, where you can develop your specialist skills and scientific education.
Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).
Appointment to this post is on PHE terms and conditions of service. Only previous continuous service in the Civil Service is recognised for contractual purposes
Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see job description for competencies
Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer
For further details / informal visits contact:
Martin Lodge, Laboratory Manager on 0208 327 6550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how the PHE Charter is an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver a service.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles (attached as a supporting document). PHE is a disability confident employer and is committed to inclusion and diversity. We welcome applications from people with a disability or long term health condition.
Employees who feel they have been unfairly treated during a recruitment process can use the civil service commission’s grievance procedure. External candidates should complain to the hiring manager handling their campaign. In addition both internal and external candidates have the right to complain to the Civil Service Commissioners.
After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application may be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system. If imported, all subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from apps.trac.jobs. You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Public Health England transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. Please note, all communication regarding your application will be made via email, please ensure you check your junk/spam folders as emails are sometimes filtered there.
Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.
For more information please go to the PHE website.