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Senior Scientist

Animal and Plant Health Agency - Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) Research FTA (SD22/139)

Location: New Haw
Salary: £40,262 to £44,724 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd November 2022
Closes: 19th December 2022
Job Ref: 248897

New Haw, South East England, KT15 3NB

Job summary

This role will plan, manage and execute research on Hepatitis E virus (HEV), in particular the research project: "HEV in Pigs: Understanding Infection Dynamics and Deciphering Prevention Strategies". The role will generate expertise and provide consultancy both inside the agency as well as to national and international stakeholders. In addition, as a senior scientific officer the post-holder will be expected to contribute to the overall scientific strategy of the Mammalian Virology workgroup.

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

Act as the lead for HEV research and specifically the project: "HEV in Pigs: Understanding Infection Dynamics and Deciphering Prevention Strategies"

Manage research project(s) and design approaches for scientific investigations, 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

Manage the in vivo experimentation associated with the research project, including e.g., HO licence application amendments

Interaction/relationship building with project collaborators (internal and external)/sub-contractors/farms/others as applicable for the delivery of research objectives

Provide consultancy to stakeholders such as Defra as required

Support the Workgroup’s senior scientist team, through deputising and delegated tasks, contribute to strategic planning

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

Develop and seek opportunities for the initiation of (collaborative) research proposals, both nationally and internationally, specifically through accessing opportunities outwith UKgov funding

Draft applications for funding bodies and to obtain permissions for work (e.g., HSE) as required

Supervise and provide training for members of staff, students, and visitors in the workgroup as required

Ensure appropriate CPD for self and team in accordance with AZVDP and APHA strategies

Ensure that self and team maintain safe operation of the laboratory, including CL3, ensuring staff are aware of and adhere to appropriate safety procedures and emphasise a culture of continuous improvement in health and safety

Participation in the disease emergency response in the event of a disease outbreak and participate in on-call rotas or out of hours work if/as required

Closing date: 11:55, Monday 19th December 2022

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