Senior Public Health Data Scientist

at UK Health Security Agency
Published March 28, 2023
Location London Area, United Kingdom
Category Data Science  
Job Type Full-time  


About the job

Job summary

The Gastrointestinal Infections and Food Safety (One Health) Division (GIFSOH) is located within UKHSA’s Clinical and Public health Directorate at Colindale. The Divisions remit includes providing specialist epidemiology and surveillance for Gastrointestinal Infections (GI), coordinating the investigation of national outbreaks, advising government on the risks posed by various gastrointestinal pathogens and responding to national and international health concerns.

The role of Senior Public Health Data Scientist will undertake analyses, interpretation and presentation of public health data to provide surveillance and outbreak intelligence to meet the needs of local and national stakeholders. You will lead the delivery of analytical work on a wide range of public health priorities in Gastrointestinal Infections and related  topics driven by the needs of internal UKHSA colleagues and external stakeholders and you will support the GIFSOH Division.

The role will include data analysis, production of risk indicators, quality assurance of data systems as well as supporting the provision of training and translational support to enable stakeholders to understand and act on clinical, epidemiological and microbiological information.  You may also be required to manage staff at EO or HEO level.


This role will be located at UKHSA Colindale, London, NW9 5HT.

The UKHSA offers hybrid working – this means that whilst the role will be based at our Colindale offices, there will be opportunities for an element of working from home. The balance between home and workplace working is to be agreed with the line manager, determined primarily by business needs and in line with departmental policy.

*Please be aware that this role can only be worked from within the UK and not overseas. Relocation expenses are not available.*

Working Pattern – Full Time

Job description

As the Senior Public Health Data Scientist your main responsibilities will include:

  • Providing expert advice and support across a range of public health data.
  • Planning, managing and delivering on a range of projects requiring potentially complex analytic input, including negotiating and agreeing the most appropriate data output, initiating and planning workloads and setting delivery timescales.
  • Analysing and interpreting complex data and undertake statistical analyses across a number of areas
  • Coordinating the collection and collation of data from stakeholders based in epidemiological sections and specialist laboratories.
  • Supporting the analytical work of other members of GIFSOH Division.
  • Using and developing database queries and spreadsheets to undertake complex analysis.
  • Checking for data anomalies prior to and during analyses, considering corrective action or bringing to the attention of principle analysts as required.
  • Carrying out quality assurance of other’s data.
  • Taking the lead in developing and promoting quality assurance procedures.
  • Managing the technical and analytical aspects of outbreak investigations, under the supervision of the Lead Epidemiologist,
  • Communicating analytical/statistical matters to non-analytical/statistical professionals.
  • Performance management of relevant staff as directed.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary.

Person specification

It is important through your application and Statement of Suitability of up to 750 words that you give evidence and examples of proven experience of each of the following criteria:


  • Educated to first degree level or equivalent relevant experience, preferably in a numerate discipline such as epidemiology, statistics, mathematics, sciences, social sciences, economics, or similar.
  • Post-graduate degree or equivalent experience in public health, health economics or related field including health intelligence, statistics, knowledge transfer, health economics or data science.
  • Demonstrable experience in the use of complex statistical and epidemiological methods for analysing data sets.
  • Significant demonstrable experience of working with multiple sets of data and information systems.
  • Extensive experience of collating, analysing and presenting surveillance outputs at national level.
  • Knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, statistical and graphics packages (e.g. R/Stata/Python/Panda).
  • Ability to create and present complex data analysis to a varied group of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to undertake clear and concise scientific writing.


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Things you need to know

Selection process details

Selection process details


You will be required to complete an application form and a statement of suitability of up to 750 words. This will be assessed in line with the advertised essential criteria – please do provide evidence of how you meet this.

If you are successful at this stage, you will progress to an interview.


This competition will involve an interview either by face or face or via video.

As part of the process, candidates will be invited to interview which will involve an in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence in relation to the criteria set out in the Person Specification.

Please be aware that as part of the interview process you may be asked to complete a technical test.

You will also be asked to provide information within the ‘Employer/ Activity history’ section of the application form. This is equivalent to the information you would provide on a CV, setting out your career history.

Expected Timeline:

Advert close: 23:55hrs on 6th April 2023 – unfortunately, late applications will not be considered. Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Interviews: TBC

Please note these dates could be subject to change.

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


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

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Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).

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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Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :Jon Payne
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