Salary: £31,080- £34,940
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:
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.