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Histopathology Laboratory Lead

Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB   •  £38,751 - £43,847  •  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.

As a member of our well-respected Pathology department, you will be at the heart of this vital work. Taking on a wide variety of research and surveillance challenges, you will see to it that the team are delivering high-quality results. Specifically, you will:

  • Lead the Pathology Laboratory Science team in their day-to-day activities, delivering histopathology and specialist microscopy requirements. As such you will be responsible for supervising the safety, quality and technical outputs of the team.
  • Help detect and characterise endemic and exotic diseases by supporting the design, development and execution of molecular, microbiological and histopathology laboratory methods. You will share this knowledge with peers, including through scientific publications.
  • Actively contribute to the development and refinement of pathology technologies. You will also help us broaden our capabilities by maintaining awareness of pathology technologies that we should be adopting.
  • Work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including Veterinary Pathologists and internal and external customers. This will include supporting the workgroup leader in delivering the strategic aims of the Pathology department.
  • Take responsibility for developing the capabilities of your team. As such you will be willing to implement change, and you will take ownership of succession planning and talent management.
  • See to it that we are complying with all expected standards including ACDP/SAPO safety and biocontainment legislation for laboratory facilities.

As an inspirational leader with a background in leading a multidisciplinary team in a biocontainment laboratory environment, you will be able to make effective decisions in a fast-paced environment. You will have an in-depth knowledge of applying histopathology or microbiology techniques in surveillance and research scenarios, and you will be well-versed in key methods such as immunohistochemistry, in-situ hybridisation, immunofluorescence, tinctorial stains, electron microscopy and confocal microscopy. You will also have a postgraduate degree in Biological Sciences (or a similar subject) or you will have equivalent experience. Crucially you will have a keen interest in disease pathogenesis, neuro pathology or host response to infections.

To excel in this highly varied role, you will have good verbal and written communication capabilities with the capacity to translate scientific data and information for a wide variety of audiences. As such you will have well developed scientific report writing and presentation skills, and you will be comfortable using IT packages. In turn, we can offer an unparalleled working environment in which your skills will be developed through ongoing training and development opportunities. You will also benefit from a generous benefits package, plus the full support of colleagues who are committed to delivering exceptional results.

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

  • Employer: Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Reference: 147934
  • Posted: 17th September 2021
  • Expires: 19th October 2021

Animal and Plant Health Agency

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