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Epidemiological Support Scientist

Animal and Plant Health Agency

At the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), we have a mission we’re very serious about: safeguarding animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

Created in 2014, following a merger of several other agencies, we are an Executive Agency of Defra, and our responsibilities are diverse and far-reaching. These include the identification and control of endemic and exotic diseases and pests in animals, plants and bees; the facilitation of international trade in animals, products of animal origin and plants; and the protection of endangered wildlife through licensing and registration. We also act as an international reference laboratory for many farm animal diseases and regulate the safe disposal of animal by-products to reduce the risk of potentially dangerous substances entering the food chain.

Contributing to large-scale research and surveillance projects that relate to national and international veterinary health challenges, you will:

  • Design documents according to the specific requirements of each project. This will include writing protocols and questionnaires, and you will create data collection forms and schedules.
  • Work with large animal health datasets, conducting descriptive analysis.
  • Present your findings in meticulously accurate publications and presentations. As such, you will generate disease surveillance reports, and you will maintain progress reports on your research, creating a final report once each project has concluded.
  • Apply the highest standards to your work, remaining alert to any issues that may affect the expected outcomes. You will therefore work flexibly, adapting approaches that will keep your projects on track such as simplifying or speeding up processes.
  • Explain complex scientific information to colleagues across APHA.
  • Work rostered weekends, Bank Holidays and occasional evenings. You will also work out-of-hours in the event of an incident.

As you will be working with the farming and veterinary communities, and engaging with senior level APHA colleagues in meetings, we will expect you to have excellent verbal and written communication capabilities, cemented by good Word and Excel skills. With a degree in a relevant scientific discipline, you will be confident working with quantitative data, with the associated skills such as data cleaning, validation and results reporting.  An interest epidemiology and veterinary public health is essential, and we will expect you to be able to conduct descriptive analysis. It would be useful if you have basic statistics skills, and other factors that would be desirable – but are not strictly essential – are the ability to design project documents, experience of field-based sampling, and a knowledge of the British livestock industries. It would also be beneficial if you familiar with MS Access, Stata and ArcGIS.

Closing date: 24 February 2019.

Location: Weybridge
Salary: £26,877 to £29,510
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 18th January 2019
Closes: 24th February 2019
Job Ref: 1615516
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