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Mammalian Influenza Research Scientist

Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB   •  £32,557 - £35,888  •  Contract/Temporary, Full time

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
Mammalian Influenza Research Scientist
Higher Executive Officer: £32,557 - £35,888
Three-year, fixed-term contract
Full Time or Job Share
New Haw, near Weybridge, Surrey

Use your practical research expertise to combat serious diseases

About us

At the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), we safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy. Part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), APHA’s Weybridge site is strategically important in supporting the Government’s response to national emergencies, including disease outbreaks.

About the job

Joining our Mammalian Influenza team as a Research Scientist, you will conduct laboratory research into mammalian viruses by leading the experimental design and execution of work. This will include collaborating internationally to deliver results and reports on swine influenza as part of a research consortium co-funded by Defra, the EU and ICRAD/ERAnet.

We’ll look to you to use your bioinformatic and viral genomic expertise to support research within the team, work group and International Reference Laboratory. It’s also an opportunity to progress the implementation of specialised technologies (for example, nanopore whole genome sequencing) and associated data analysis capability. We’ll expect you to share your results through participation in internal and external meetings, and through publication in peer-reviewed journals.

About you

You’ll need a PhD or equivalent research experience in infectious diseases, aligned to expertise in bioinformatics and molecular biology, scientific computing and whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis. The ability to conduct biological assays and research experiments is essential. You must hold a valid full driving licence and be ready to work within the restrictions of biosecurity such as the wearing of Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment (RPPE). A strong collaborator and clear communicator, you’ll be committed to improving vital scientific understanding, and developing yourself and others.


We aim to support the professional and personal wellbeing of everyone in Defra. 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 and a variety of learning and development opportunities.

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 27th June 2021.


Related skills: Bioinformatics, Cell & Molecular Biology, Life Science, Research

  • Employer: Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Posted: 8th June 2021
  • Expires: 27th June 2021

Animal and Plant Health Agency

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