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Science Leader in Plant Health Surveillance - Principal Scientific Officer

REF: IRC260196

DEPARTMENT: Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI)

SALARY: £49,806 - £54,588

LOCATION: AFBI Headquarters, Newforge Lane, Belfast, BT9 5PX

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI) seeks to invest in its senior scientific team by recruiting three internationally renowned science leaders in the areas of (i) animal health genomics, (ii) plant health surveillance, and (iii) plant health diagnostics. The successful applicants will contribute significantly to AFBI’s key theme of ‘Protecting animal, plant and human health’.  They will also have access to AFBI’s cutting edge scientific platforms and will work in multi-disciplinary teams delivering excellent science and applied solutions to many of the challenges facing agriculture. 

This post will work very closely with the Science Leader in Plant Health Diagnostics and together the successful candidates will safeguard the plant health in Northern Ireland.  This exciting opportunity will ensure AFBI science delivers local impact with global reach, and this post will deliver impactful science that improves the livelihood of Northern Ireland’s people. The post holder will address the challenge of protecting Northern Ireland’s high plant health status from new and emerging plant health pests (and pathogens). The post holder will be the national expert on plant health surveillance and horizon scanning, and will work collaboratively with national and international colleagues to research, develop and implement horizon scanning and surveillance systems informed by global best practice. There is also scope to develop research programmes in many areas related to plant health surveillance, such as epidemiology, Pest Risk Assessment, biosecurity, IPM and citizen science. 

Further appointments may be made from this competition should AFBI positions become vacant which have similar duties and responsibilities.

For more detailed information, including the duties and responsibilities of the post and the criteria to be used during the recruitment and selection process, please click on the Candidate Information Booklet link below.

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Completed application forms must be submitted no later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Monday 2nd November 2020.

Applications are particularly welcomed from Roman Catholics and Females as these groups are currently under-represented within AFBI.


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