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Assistant Scientific Officer – Laboratory

REF: IRC222027

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

SALARY: £19,811 - £22,514

LOCATION: Successful applicants may be employed within any of the various locations within the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute i.e. Newforge Lane, Stormont, Crossnacreevy, Hillsborough, Loughgall, Omagh, and Bushmills.

Assistant Scientific Officers (ASOs) play a key role in AFBI’s mission of using scientific excellence to advance the local and global agri-food sector.  The role of a laboratory based ASO varies widely across the Institute. However, all are tasked with providing analytical support to senior scientists who may be leading programmes of analytical or research work in animal and plant health, food safety and quality, environmental protection, and marine and aquatic ecosystems. 

Organisational skills and attention to detail are both key in terms of planning workloads to meet deadlines and ensuring sample reception, analysis and reporting is performed to the highest standards and in accordance with quality procedures.   

Working in AFBI will provide the opportunity to work in a varied and exciting environment which will be challenging and rewarding.

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 tor egister 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 IRC222027

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 3rd November 2017.

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

AFBI is an Equal Opportunities Employer