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Statistical modeller vacancy at Health Protection Agency

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Ian Hall <[log in to unmask]>

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Ian Hall <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:45:59 +0000

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Dear all, 

Please follow link for details: 

https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/cgi-bin/vacdetails.cgi?selection=912366432 

though the main advert text is copied here too 

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The HPA is an independent body that protects the health and well-being of 
everyone in England and Wales. The Agency plays a critical role in protecting 
people from infectious diseases and in preventing harm when hazards involving 
chemicals, poisons or radiation occur. We also prepare for new and emerging 
threats, such as a bio-terrorist attack or a virulent new strain of pathogen. 
The Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) team within the Health Protection 
Agency (HPA) currently has a vacancy requiring a candidate with a PhD in 
Statistics or Mathematics, or substantially equivalent experience to that which 
would be gained by PhD, preferably with Bayesian statistics as a significant 
component. The role demands employing your considerable statistical skills in 
order to develop predictive and/or inferential models to help assess and 
mitigate the risks posed by disease threats arising from emerging exotic, 
zoonotic and vector-borne infections. Such diseases may be introduced 
through deliberate or accidental releases, or through importation, whilst 
change to the ecology and/or epidemiology over time must be considered in 
the developed models. A robust knowledge of probability distribution theory is 
essential and the application thereof to Bayesian/frequentist inference 
techniques. The MRA team is a multidisciplinary group of mathematical 
modellers, infectious disease biologists, epidemiologists, geographic information 
system (GIS) and IT development specialists that provides a range of 
underpinning research, and technical and scientific support to assist in 
emergency preparedness and response operations. This includes developing 
evidence-based risk assessments to help advise the Department of Health, 
Health Protection Agency and related sister agencies and departments on 
policy, contingency planning and public health countermeasures ahead of time 
for new and (re-) emerging infectious disease threats, including those posed 
by bioterrorism. The group also develops and provides specialist systems to 
help with training exercises and real-time outbreak management and control 
based on its recognized capabilities in GIS, data analysis, visualisation and 
modelling. With excellent computer literacy and proficiency in the application 
of mathematical and statistical software to the interpretation of data you will 
be able to produce formal reports and peer-reviewed scientific research 
papers. With some experience of or a strong interest in modelling infectious 
disease processes you will be able to work in a team and collaborate 
effectively with key groups within and outside the Agency. The successful 
candidate will be encouraged to apply for UK Security Clearance. Interview are 
due to take place the week commencing 7th December 2009 

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