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Senior Scientist - International Partnerships

Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB   •  £38,751  •  Permanent, Full time


Help the nation develop better understanding of veterinary viruses.

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.

Join us as a Senior Scientist in our Viral Zoonoses workgroup and contribute to the scientific research programme within the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) remits for rabies, SARS-CoV-2 and viral haemorrhagic fevers. As a scientist with a proven track record in veterinary virology you will develop the science and surveillance activities for viral zoonotic diseases of veterinary and public health importance and provide expertise and consultancy, both internally and to relevant national and international stakeholders. A clear personal drive and enthusiasm to investigate the relationships at the host virus interface through both in in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo approaches is central to this role. The utilisation of diagnostic tools also features in the research remit where confirmatory testing is required for animals with suspected disease including the genetic and phenotypic characterisation of field and experimental virus isolates.

The role will involve team working both within the immediate Virology research team and with other colleagues, including pathology and animal services within SAPO4/ACDP3 containment laboratories. Clear scientific and matrix management communications are another key attribute for both internal engagement and with external collaborators. APHA Virology is a multi-disciplinary department with globally recognised expertise on a wide range of viruses. The programme of work on emerging zoonotic diseases is expanding at APHA and has strong national and international dimensions, seeking to apply better solutions for threat detection, mitigation and control, to protect UK and global biosecurity.

In return for your dedication, we will support your ongoing scientific and personal development through appropriate training. You will also enjoy excellent Civil Service benefits including pension.

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

  • Employer: Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Reference: 141289
  • Updated: 17th September 2021
  • Expires: 1st October 2021

Animal and Plant Health Agency

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