• East Belfast
  • £ 16.18 an hour
  • Temporary
  • AAK-HSO-East Belfast
  • gemma.black@premiere-agency.com
Our client, a leading public sector organisation, based in East Belfast are looking to recruit a Higher Scientific Officer-Epidemiological Scientist join their team.
The role is available immediately, for 3 months initially with the provision for extension up to 12 months. 
Hourly Pay: £16.18
37 hours per week Monday to Friday.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Data management, including extraction and collation of data from pre-existing datasets.

The post-holder will carry out data management practices, in keeping with best practice. The post-holder will have knowledge of databasing systems, their use, and the ability to manage data for large-scale epidemiological or disease surveillance (or equivalent) programs. The post-holder will interact with a number of large datasets, which will be linked via (relational) databasing for further filtering and data processing. The post-holder will work closely with other team members involved with data extraction and dataset creation. Database programming, including meta-data management, would be desirable.

  • Undertaking data validation (data cleaning and checking), analysis, interpretation, report writing and results publication

To carry out accurate collation of research and surveillance data; develop and refine appropriate summary statistics and analyses and interpretation of data using methodologies appropriate to the project(s), for example, trend analyses and time series. The post-holder will utilise [an] appropriate modern statistical package[s]. This is likely to involve data from a range of different epidemiological/ecological studies in relation to bovine TB, other relevant animal notifiable diseases and zoonoses, and other endemic or emerging diseases in Northern Ireland.
The post-holder will prepare reports, as required, to communicate relevant results, including dataset creation, and to meet project deadlines.  The post-holder will be required to provide support in preparing material for peer-reviewed publication in national and international journals and reports to key stakeholders.

  •  Delivering specialist advice

The post-holder will act as an expert on the coordination, collation, validation and management of data from ongoing and new projects.  When required, the post holder will participate in appropriate scientific and technical committees

  • Communication

To communicate in a timely and effective manner, orally and in writing, with  staff, visiting groups, scientists and others. Present regular progress reports on research, and data management, to members of the group or to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.

  •  Undertaking continuing professional development

To maintain specialist knowledge of relevant scientific literature and to demonstrate personal development in all relevant areas of coordinating data management, being up-to-date on best practice, and databasing software.

  • Fulfilling other duties

The post holder will be required to fulfil any other duties and responsibilities as determined by management that fall within the ambit of the post. This list of key responsibilities is not intended to be rigid and inflexible. Rather, it should be regarded as working guidelines within which the post will work.

Essential Criteria:
  • At least an undergraduate degree in scientific, statistical or clinical subject with 2 years postgraduate experience in epidemiology, public health, ecology, information analysis or other relevant field
  • Knowledge and application of a variety of statistical tools and methods
  • Experience analysing spatially explicit data
  • Knowledge and application of statistical software/ programming language suitable for data analysis (e.g. R, python, STATA)

          Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience working with animal disease data
  • Experience producing official reports
  • Proven ability in disseminating work (peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.)
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders
To apply please send your CV via the link.