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Head of Food Microbiology - Principal Scientific Officer

REF: IRC233236

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

SALARY: £48,226 - £52,857 (under review)


This post offers the exciting opportunity to join a well-established and multidisciplinary scientific group and to play a key role to support AFBI to deliver food safety and animal health commitments by leading programmes of work in food microbiology, zoonotic bacterial diseases, gut health and novel approaches to the control of foodborne pathogens. The Food Microbiology Unit provides innovative research, analytical services and specialist advice on the detection, characterisation and control of foodborne pathogens, food hygiene, food preservation and related areas in support of Government Departments, the agri-food industry and other customers. There are significant opportunities to undertake innovative research work in conjunction with research scientists from other disciplines within AFBI and in collaboration with other academic groups and centres of excellence.

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.

In order to apply for this position, please click on the "Apply for this job online" link below to register to this vacancy and to submit an online application.

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:
HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330. Email:

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC233236.

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 23rd November 2018.

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

AFBI is an Equal Opportunities Employer