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Virology Diagnostician

Job summary

£24184 - £25709
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
29 June 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Fixed Term Appointment - Fair and Open

We are currently seeking applications for a Virology Diagnostician within the Directorate for Agricultural and Rural Economy based in Edinburgh. This is a 23 month fixed term 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.

This post sits within the Potato - Virology & Zoology Branch which is part the Agricultural and Rural Economy Directorate's SASA division. The Virology laboratory carry out diagnostic testing for a range of viruses to meet the Scottish Government's commitments in relation to Plant Health legislation and Seed Potato classification. The Virology laboratory provides an efficient, cost effective and up to date service to customers through its skilled staff, modern equipment and facilities.

The Virology laboratory currently operates within a Quality Assurance system working to the ISO9001 standard and is accredited to ISO17025 standard for a range of virus diagnostic tests.

Working under the instruction of the Virology Laboratory Manager, the primary role of the post of Virology Diagnostician is to provide a diagnostic service for the detection of potato viruses in support of the Scottish Seed Potato Classification Scheme (SSPCS).

SASA employs some 150 staff providing a range of scientific advice and services to SG agricultural staff and the agricultural industry. Virology & Zoology operates in three main work areas: Virology, Nematology & Entomology. Although this post is primarily based in the Virology Laboratory, staffing within the branch is flexible and staff must be prepared to move between work in all areas in response to seasonal demand. SASA is housed in a modern laboratory facility, to the west side of Edinburgh, within its farmland at Gogarbank. It has dedicated facilities including a staff restaurant and fitness room. The site is readily accessible by car and has an arranged transport link with the city's bus network for staff commuting by public transport.

The post will be for an initial term of 23 months, however there is the possibility of 12 months extension for the successful candidate.

Qualifications Required
You must hold a degree in a biological science or equivalent relevant experience.

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 in using serological (ELISA) and/or real-time PCR techniques.
2. Experience of working within a Quality Management System.
3. Proven organisational skills and a methodical approach to work.
4. Good knowledge of plant pathology.

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

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 Christophe Lacomme (Senior Virologist) on +44(0)131 2448916 or at Christophe.Lacomme@sasa.gov.scot / Catherine Thomson (Virology Lab Manager) on +44(0)131 2448860 or at Catherine.Thomson@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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