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Molecular Biologist / Bioinformatician

£31,080- £34,940 per annum

United Kingdom

Molecular biologist/Bioinformatician

Salary: £31,080- £34,940

Ref: 1584110

If there is one characteristic that marks us out at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), it is pride. We are proud to use our professionalism and expertise to safeguard animal and plant health across the UK for the benefit of the environment, the economy and the millions of people who live here.

Join us and you will be part of a diverse team of over 2,000 skilled and committed professionals who share this inspiring goal. Together, we protect endangered wildlife, conduct research into bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases and vaccines, facilitate the international trade in animals, identify and control endemic and exotic diseases, and manage a programme of bee inspections, diagnostics, research and training.

We currently have a vacancy for a Molecular Biologist/Bioinformatician to join our team in New Haw, Surrey. In this role, you will:

  • Manage the work of the Molecular Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Resistance (MEAR) cluster in the Department of Bacteriology, providing clear guidance and support to a team of scientists, staff and students
  • Undertake genotypic and phenotypic investigations into bacteria that is significant to food safety and public health, applying relevant molecular techniques such as PCR, microarrays, whole genome and metagenomics sequencing and susceptibility testing. This work will comprise of both research projects and surveillance contracts
  • Ensure research results engage the wider scientific community through relevant publications and presentations
  • Share your knowledge with colleagues and outside organisations such as PSREs and universities. You will also develop the skills of your colleagues and offer mentorship to MSc and PhD students.

You will work collaboratively with the team to ensure we are capable of providing a comprehensive emergency response for examination of isolates from poultry and farm animal premises, feed mills and hatcheries. Out-of-hours work may be necessary in the event of an incident.

You may also be asked to visit farms, abattoirs or other post mortem facilities, so you would need to avoid farmed animals for up to two days before a visit. As such, if you live on a livestock farm, you may not be ideal for this role.

On a personal level, we are looking for good problem-solving, decision-making, communication and leadership skills. You will need a BSc in Microbiology or Biology (or similar) with a good knowledge of molecular microbiology and bioinformatics. If you have an MSc or PhD, excellent, though it is more important that you can work at pace and see the bigger picture.

We are an organisation that takes the inclusion, support and development of our people very seriously. You can look forward to learning, mentoring, coaching and continual professional development all designed to help you get the very most from your career.

We also aim to support the 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.

Closing date: 8 June 2018.



APHA – Animal Plant & Health Agency
SectorAgronomy
Job TypePerm
RecruiterThird Party Employer
Job ID62375

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