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Technical and Scientific Officer – Molecular

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location   England (East Anglia) - UK
Salary   £29,706 Pro-rata
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   23/07/2023
Company Name   Environment Agency
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Environment Agency

Technical and Scientific Officer – Molecular

Location: Brampton

Post Type: Fixed Term

Working Pattern: Full Time

Salary Minimum: £29,706 Pro-rata

Reference: 26922

We are seeking a Grade 4 Technical and Scientific Officer with experience in molecular biology to join the National Fisheries Laboratory (NFL) team in Brampton, Cambridgeshire on a 24-month contract (with potential for the role to become permanent).

The primary focus of this role will be related to the delivery of our molecular service in support of the detection, monitoring and management of fish pathogens and non-native fishes to support our incident response and regulations. You will work with our molecular technical specialist in managing a growing portfolio of work for internal and external customers. You will deliver scientific evidence to strengthen our operational and regulatory duties with the aim to maintain, improve, and develop freshwater fisheries in England. You will also be required to support across our core disciplines as necessary to ensure delivery of our services to area operational teams and external fishery customers.

You will assist and manage the day-to-day operation of our molecular laboratories and will have responsibilities that include overseeing the processing of samples, ensuring quality standards, data analyses, interpretation, reporting, maintaining equipment through the management of service contracts, writing COSHH and Risk Assessments, maintaining laboratory supplies and more. This is a senior role and will require training of staff from diverse backgrounds and working with other senior team members to ensure smooth delivery of our services. You will adhere to the highest standards of health, safety, and wellbeing, in line with EA guidance.

You will have significant experience of working in molecular laboratories and be comfortable working with internal and external partners to support the implementation and development of our molecular service, for example using innovative monitoring tools for the detection of priority species and pathogens, and for broader environmental monitoring to address future risks.

The team

The National Fisheries Laboratory team act as a single point of expertise to identify, monitor and limit the impact of current and future threats to fisheries and the aquatic environment from fish disease, parasites, pathogens, non-native species, and ageing.

A laboratory and office-based team, our work consists of the delivery of post-mortem and laboratory diagnostics (parasitology, bacteriology, histology, molecular, ageing) and the provision of technical advice and guidance to inform our regulation.

Experience/skills required

Sound scientific knowledge of molecular tools and approaches, degree level or equivalent, with experience in the collection, processing, and analysis of molecular data is essential to this role.

Experience working in laboratory teams, leading people or areas of work and overseeing the day to day running of a laboratory.

Knowledge of disease diagnostic principles, freshwater fish diseases and freshwater fisheries is preferable.

A strong team ethic is essential, as is an ability to work independently and as part of a highly motivated technical team.

Self-motivated, inquisitive, organised, and with excellent attention to detail.

Be able to prioritise demanding seasonal workloads, work under pressure to meet varied demands, be comfortable working to tight deadlines, and have a clear pragmatic approach to achieving objectives.

An excellent communicator at all levels and in various forms, with strong influencing and inter-personal skills.

Contact and additional information

The role is office and laboratory based, situated within the National Fisheries Laboratory, Brampton, Cambridgeshire. Occasional travel for meetings, events and site visits may be required.

We operate a 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday service. However, you will have an incident role and be expected to support our incident management responsibilities for fish mortalities, and must be able to participate in these requirements which may be outside of these hours.

The Environment Agency offers a generous employee offer, flexible working policy, access to a generous Local Government Pension scheme as well as a host of other employee benefits. For further information please download the candidate pack.

If you have any other questions, please contact the hiring manager Emma Nolan at emma.nolan@environment-agency.gov.uk

Closing date: 23 July 2023, 23:55 hours.

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