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Seed Analyst

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Job summary

£23344 - £24909
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
11 May 2021 at midnight
IRC86429 E
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for an Seed Analyst within SASA based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Official Seed Testing Station (OSTS), SASA, is responsible for testing of all certified seed in Scotland through supervision of Licensed Seed Testing Stations and provision of a testing service to Government and the seed trade. Testing is also conducted for advisory purposes allowing industry and growers to make informed decisions on their seed stocks. Supporting this testing is a research and development programme investigating emerging industry concerns in the form of field and laboratory experiments, development of test methods and health surveys of cereal seed in Scotland.

The successful candidate will play a key role in the provision of seed analysis for the Scottish Government, seed trade and farmers.

The Official Seed Testing Station(OSTS) comprises 16 staff a mix of Senior Scientists (Seed Testing Manager/Quality Manager, Seed Pathologist and GMO Manager), Seed Molecular Biologist, Purity & Germination Laboratory Manager, Senior Seed Analysts, Seed Analysts and a Laboratory/Administrative Assistant. You will work closely with all Analysts and report to the Senior Seed Analyst for the area you are working in or the Seed Testing Manager.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1–3) or Ordinary Grades (A-C) including English and a numerical subject.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience of working in a biology-based laboratory, preferably plant sciences.
2. A proven team player who is able to work well with others but also carry out individual tasks as required.
3. Good attention to detail ensuring accuracy when carrying out tasks.
4. Good organisational skills and ability to use own initiative to prioritise workload.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Annabella Stirling  at annabella.stirling@sasa.gov.scot.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.

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