Research Assistants X 2, Behavioural Science Team

Job Title: Research Assistants X 2, Behavioural Science Team
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Salisbury
Salary: £27,254 to £34,496 per annum, pro rata
Reference: 919-JM-22144746-EXT
Contact Name: Dr Richard Amlôt
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 25, 2016 16:53

Job Description

Emergency Response Department


Research Assistants X 2, Behavioural Science Team

£27,254 to £34,496 per annum, pro rata

Fixed-term - 24 months, 37.5 hours per week

Locations: Porton Down, Salisbury

Ref: 919-JM-22144746-EXT


Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health.

This vacancy exists within the Emergency Response Department of Public Health England (PHE), working in the Behavioural Science Team of the Emergency Response Department Science and Technology Group (ERD S&T).

The Emergency Response Department is a multidisciplinary environment that includes: infectious disease biologists and epidemiologists, mathematical modellers, behavioural scientists, specialists in geographic information systems, scientific computing, exercise and training managers, medical intelligence specialists and public health emergency response professionals. In partnership with others both within PHE and from outside, we collate data and information from across the world on new and emerging infectious disease threats including potential bioterrorist threats. This information is integrated with a wide range of other UK specific data in order to develop risk assessments and mathematical models and other IT/computer-based applications to assist in the design and delivery of emergency planning, training, exercising and response functions.

We are looking for two Research Assistants to support the delivery of a new, high-profile Department of Health (DH)-funded project that will be conducted by the Behavioural Science Team.

Working as part of an integrated multidisciplinary team and with external collaborators within and outside PHE, these 2 year appointments will contribute to a research project investigating technical aspects of mass casualty decontamination in emergencies and incidents involving hazardous materials. The appointees will manage the day to day running of the project, and will play a significant role in the delivery of the scientific outcomes of the research programme. They will work closely with other staff working on related projects and will be a key point of contact for project partners. They will join a multidisciplinary team conducting operational and behavioural research and will be expected to contribute to a range of other ongoing activities.

You will be a team player with a strong background in the behavioural and/or social sciences, have experience of quantitative research especially experimental methods, ideally experience of clinical trials and have good report writing skills. Awareness of public health emergency preparedness and response arrangements is desirable. You will be required to apply for, and obtain, UK Security Clearance.

Please note that these posts are subject to obtaining a UK Government Security Check (SC).

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.


For further information/an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Richard Amlôt at or on 01980 612917.

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer.

To apply for this vacancy, please go to and search for reference number 919-JM-22144746-EXT.

Closing date: 9 December 2016.