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Research Scientist - Swine Fever and Pestivirus Unit

Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB   •  £32,557 - £35,888  •  Permanent, Full time


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.

Join us as a Research Scientist in our Mammalian Virology workgroup and you’ll play a key role in combating swine fever viruses and pestiviruses. This will involve research and development into the pathogenesis and epidemiology of veterinary viruses and providing expertise and consultancy, both internally and to relevant national and international stakeholders. In short, you’ll help formulate and enhance our response across a range of settings.

Specifically, you will:

  • Support the Workgroup’s senior scientist team, contribute to strategic planning and act as deputy disease consultant for swine fever and related diseases, including CSF, BVDV, BDV and provide expertise on ASF.
  • Be our technical specialist for ASF and support the NRL through local consultancy in APHA.
  • Develop opportunities to collaborate on national and international research proposals by applying for government funding.
  • Manage research projects and design approaches for scientific investigations, ensuring they meet key objectives and milestones, as well as the requirements of budget, the customer and Quality Assurance standard ISO9001.
  • Provide consultancy to stakeholders such as Defra, and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), and also the industry.
  • Supervise and train staff, students, and visitors in the workgroup, as well as liaising with our scientific and the Quality Assurance Unit (QASB), e.g. as commentator for external quality assurance (EQA) schemes.

We’re looking for a PhD-qualified scientist with at least two years’ post-doc experience or equivalent experience. You will also need a strong background in Veterinary Virology, together with an insight into virus characterisation, particularly through pathogenesis studies and molecular characterisation. As you will be delivering manuscripts, presentations, applications and reports, strong all-round communication skills are essential, as is bio-safety expertise/experience.

The nature of our work means you will work rostered on-call duties, weekends, Bank Holidays and occasional evenings. There may also be the opportunity to work overtime which means you may be eligible for additional payment. APHA Management reserves the right to change overtime patterns to meet requirements. You may be eligible for overtime payments and where overtime is approved you will receive appropriate payment.

This challenging opportunity means you will be contributing to vital, strategically important work. Due to its sensitivity, you will need a valid Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) security clearance.

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Related skills: Biology, Biomedical Science, Cell & Molecular Biology, Life Science, Laboratory, Research

  • Employer: Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Posted: 29th June 2021
  • Expires: 8th August 2021

Animal and Plant Health Agency

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