Assistant Scientific Officer – Laboratory

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)

LOCATION: Successful applicants may be employed within any of the various locations within the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute i.e. Newforge Lane, Stormont, Crossnacreevy, Hillsborough, Loughgall, Omagh, and Bushmills.

Assistant Scientific Officers (ASOs) play a key role in AFBI’s mission of using scientific excellence to advance the local and global agri-food sector.  The role of a laboratory based ASO varies widely across the Institute. However, all are tasked with providing analytical support to senior scientists who may be leading programmes of analytical or research work in animal and plant health, food safety and quality, environmental protection, and marine and aquatic ecosystems. 

Organisational skills and attention to detail are both key in terms of planning workloads to meet deadlines and ensuring sample reception, analysis and reporting is performed to the highest standards and in accordance with quality procedures.   

Working in AFBI will provide the opportunity to work in a varied and exciting environment which will be challenging and rewarding.

Further appointments may be made from this competition should AFBI positions become vacant which have similar duties and responsibilities.

For more detailed information and to apply, please go to

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330. Email:

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC222027.

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Applications are particularly welcomed from Roman Catholics and females as these groups are currently under-represented within AFBI.

AFBI is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

All applications for employment are considered strictly on the basis of merit.

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