Molecular Biologist

Animal and Plant Health Agency


New Haw, Surrey

As part of Defra, the Animal and Plant Health Agency safeguards animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy by identifying, managing and eradicating animal diseases. We are seeking a molecular biologist for a permanent post in our pestivirus disease research team, who will play a major part in helping us achieve these goals.

Leading scientific investigations into mammalian diseases caused by pestiviruses, you will design and undertake investigations to improve disease control and increase understanding of viruses such as classical swine fever virus. It is varied and exciting work where you will be part of a vibrant, intellectually curious team. You will complete and design projects, oversee day-to-day laboratory work and maintain rigorous safety regulations in our high containment facilities. As a senior scientist, you will develop junior team members and supervise visiting scientists and students. To share knowledge and secure funding we will expect you to publish in peer-reviewed journals and present your work on both the national and international stage.

A published researcher, with experience in modern molecular biology and cell biology techniques, and with a deep understanding of virology or infectious diseases, is sought. To interrogate host - pathogen interactions you will also have a practical appreciation of -omics technologies and be confident analysing bioinformatics data. Immunological knowledge would also be an advantage.

In return for your dedication, we will support your ongoing development with opportunities for training. You will also enjoy excellent Civil Service benefits including pension.

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Closing date: 02 November 2016

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