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Senior Epidemiological Scientist

Band 8a

Main area
Health Protection Division - Epidemiology
Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
To be discussed
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum
Salary period
Today at 23:59


Welcome to Public Health Wales, the National Public Health Institute in Wales

Our vision is Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales

To find out more visit Public Health Wales and read about our Strategic Plan

Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference

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Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English. To support our all Wales service, we particularly welcome applications from Welsh speakers.



Job overview

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.  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 research response to the BBV, STI, TB and inequalities programme and the wider Communicable Disease Inclusion Health Programme.  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.

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. 


Working for our organisation

Public Health Wales is the National Public Health Institute in Wales. Our vision is 'Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales' where we play a pivotal role in driving improvements in population health and well-being, reducing health inequalities, improving healthcare outcomes, protecting the public and supporting the development of health in all policies across Wales.

Our organisation is guided by our Values, 'Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference'. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values equality, diversity and inclusion.  We welcome applications which represent the rich diversity of the communities we serve and from those wishing to work part time or on a job share basis.

To find out more about working for us, the benefits we offer and guidance on the application process, please visit  

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click “Apply now” to view in Trac.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • An undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in a numerate, scientific or health related discipline.
  • A Masters qualification in epidemiology, Public Health or related field or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrable advanced training/ experience in public health, health protection or epidemiology
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of qualification/training in programme or project management
  • Evidence of management / leadership training


Essential criteria
  • Clearly able to demonstrate a rich experience of utilising large and highly complex public health and related datasets to answer epidemiological / public health related questions and of the design and development of surveillance systems
  • Experience of field epidemiology investigation methods
  • Experience of complex team work planning tasks
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of research and development


Essential criteria
  • Highly numerate with advanced skills in epidemiological and statistical analysis and interpretation of data
  • Report writing skills
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of ability to meet tight and challenging deadlines, managing complex and multiple pieces of work

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Josie Smith
Job title
Senior Epidemiologist
Email address

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