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Senior Scientific Officer - Crop Pathology

REF: IRC222105

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

SALARY: £36,448 - £40,072

LOCATION: AFBI Newforge, Belfast

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

AFBI is seeking to fill a key scientific position which will provide a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic and innovative scientist to lead and manage the crop plant health team which undertakes testing for bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens of arable crops and grasses.

Leading a nationally recognised postgraduate research team you will be responsible for the provision, forward planning, and expansion of statutory diagnostic and advisory services within AFBI, developing strategic management initiatives, maintaining high standards of corporate governance, budget planning and control and staff management.

With a PhD in a scientific discipline related to agriculture or plant science, you will have at least two years’ experience of working in plant pathology, plant virology, plant bacteriology or plant nematology and a proven track record in winning and managing a funded research project.

For more detailed information, inlcuding 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 IRC222105

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 6th October 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