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Salmonella Technical Officer

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Location: Weybridge, Hybrid
Salary: £32,136 to £35,857 pro rata if applicable
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 9th February 2024
Closes: 26th February 2024
Job Ref: 339558

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 3,000 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.

The Department of Bacteriology are looking for an enthusiastic individual with laboratory bacteriology testing and auditing experience. The postholder will support the delivery of APHA’s Salmonella strategy. The role will include working with multidisciplinary teams to conduct audits, monitor performance and manage approvals of Defra-approved laboratories, deliver training, and provide technical expertise to international audits.

We are looking for applicants with a degree (or equivalent level qualification) in a scientific subject. Bacteriology experience is essential.

Inclusion, support and the development of our people matter to us. We aim to support the career and personal wellbeing of everyone in APHA. Our benefits include generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, salary sacrifice benefit options, and an employee discount scheme. We also offer flexible working.

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If based at Weybridge: The site is a strategically important national asset due to its role as a reference laboratory supporting the Government’s response to national emergencies including disease outbreaks. For this reason, all postholders based at the APHA Weybridge site must hold a valid Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) security clearance or above. It is up to each person applying for a post at APHA Weybridge to ensure they meet the CTC residency criteria. Applicants must be currently resident in the UK & have a minimum of 3 years continuous UK residency. If you cannot meet this criteria CTC clearance will not be possible as this is part of pre-employment checks before taking up the post.

Closing date: Apply before 11:55pm on Monday 26 February 2024.

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