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Research Scientist

Animal and Plant Health Agency - Mammalian Virology Workgroup FTA

Location: New Haw
Salary: £33,827 to £36,606 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd November 2022
Closes: 18th December 2022
Job Ref: 248866

New Haw, South East England, KT15 3NB

Job summary

This post will plan, manage and execute research and development into the pathogenesis control of veterinary viruses, with a focus of Hepatitis E virus. The post holder will be expected to work with both internal and external stakeholders to assist in the delivery of common research goals.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and works on behalf of the Scottish Government and Welsh Government. Our diverse teams of over 2,000 skilled and committed professionals come together to provide research, advice, and support to UK Government for safeguarding animal, public and plant health for benefit of the environment and economy.

Job description

  • Conduct laboratory research into veterinary viral pathogens by leading experimental design and execution of work within a team, ensuring completion of project objectives and milestones to the customers satisfaction; delivery of science in accord with relevant Quality Assurance standard ISO9001 and within budget.
  • Maintain awareness of viruses handled in the VI5 workgroup and bioinformatics issues by reading literature and attending appropriate meetings/conferences/workshops.
  • Monitor the horizon for technological developments that may be used for research programmes and to update or develop diagnostics in the VI5 workgroup.
  • Progress the implementation of specialised technologies (e.g., genome sequencing) and associated data analysis capability for self and colleagues.
  • Support the Workgroup’s senior scientist team, through deputising and delegated tasks and contribution to strategic planning.
  • Develop and seek opportunities for the initiation of (collaborative) research proposals, both nationally and internationally specifically through accessing opportunities out with UK.gov funding.
  • Line manage, supervise and provide training for members of staff, students, and visitors in the workgroup.
  • Ensure that self and team maintain safe operation of the laboratory, (including CL3 and 4 high containment laboratories, if applicable), ensuring staff are aware of and adhere to appropriate safety procedures and emphasise a culture of continuous improvement in health and safety.
  • Act as room officer for a designated laboratory, implementing and maintaining good laboratory practice and standards therein.
  • Participate in the disease emergency response in the event of a disease outbreak and on call rota if/as required
  • Draft applications for funding bodies and to obtain permissions for work (Home Office and HSE) as required.
  • Communication of science through participation in internal and external meetings, but also to ensure a high quality programme of scientific approaches published in Q1 peer reviewed literature with high impact.

Closing date: 11:55, Sunday 18th December 2022

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