Animal and Plant Health Agency

At the Animal and Plant Health Agency, we safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy. Joining our Virology department you’ll be instrumental to our important work in identifying, managing and eradicating disease.

Virology at APHA is a vibrant, varied and exciting specialty. You will enjoy scope to develop interesting work and grow personally and professionally. We will look to you to carry out lab based scientific investigations drawing on your immunological experience. Specifically, you’ll develop immunological approaches to address strategic research questions around influenza virus infection in pigs, as well as other mammalian and avian species. Investigating the mechanisms of vaccine-mediated protection, you will supervise and develop the skills within the team. You’ll forge strong links with scientists across APHA and other organisations, present data and publish data in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferably qualified with a PhD, you will certainly have immunology expertise - from flow cytometry to ELISPOT analysis. Ideally, you’ll demonstrate experience in the fields of infectious diseases and pathogenesis. It would also be an advantage to have working knowledge of serological and virological assays such as ELISA, virus neutralisation and hemagglutination inhibition assays. Molecular biology skills including PCR and transcriptomics techniques would really set you apart. To join us, you must be willing to comply with health and safety stipulations such as ACDP/SAPO requirements. While not essential, experience of training colleagues including staff, students and visitors will enable you to hit the ground running.

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

FTA for 2 years

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Closing date: Monday 12th December 2016.

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