Technical and Scientific Officer - 28098

2
East of England
Brampton
Brampton Office
Staff Grade 3
Permanent
Full Time
Environment & Sustainability, Science, Analytical
£25,042
We are seeking Technical and Scientific Officers to join the National Fisheries Laboratory in Brampton, Cambridgeshire, a high achieving, innovative national team that contributes to the protection and development of freshwater fisheries across England.
These roles will involve work across several disciplines to help ensure delivery of our services to Environment Agency area operational teams and external fisheries customers. We would be particularly interested in hearing from candidates with fish biology / fisheries ecology and / or molecular diagnostic/research laboratory experience.
Our technical and scientific officers have varied roles and work to the highest standards across a range of laboratory diagnostic areas. This includes in support of fish disease incident investigations, with involvement of ageing, parasitology, histology, bacteriology, micro-biology and molecular disciplines. They also perform fish health checks and support non-native fish investigations and national fisheries management and development projects.
The roles will support the delivery of our services in the detection, monitoring and management of fish pathogens and non-native fishes, to support our incident response and regulatory responsibilities. Duties are likely to include fish dissection and the collection, management, and preparation of samples for analysis and processing across our state-of-the-art laboratories, as well as vital reporting elements.
Duties will also likely include operational laboratory support, with responsibilities to maintain accurate records and laboratory supplies, assist with maintenance and servicing contracts and ensuring laboratory, fish holding and associated waste facilities (i.e. chemical and clinical) are well managed. You will also actively embody the highest standards of health, safety, and wellbeing, in line with EA guidance. You will also be required to support with our incident response responsibilities relating to fish disease and non-native fish species and to support incident response across the business.
The National Fisheries Laboratory team act as a single point of expertise to identify, monitor and limit the impact of current and future threats to fisheries and the aquatic environment from fish disease, parasites, pathogens, non-native species and ageing.
A laboratory and office-based team, our work consists of the delivery of post-mortem and laboratory diagnostics (parasitology, bacteriology, histology, molecular, ageing) and the provision of technical advice and guidance to inform our regulation.
A background and interest in fish biology/ecology/disease, fisheries management and/or laboratory experience.
You will be self-motivated and organised with excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
You will have demonstrated experience of customer service, will be an excellent communicator with the ability to convey a variety of information to different audiences.
You should be able to prioritise demanding workloads, be comfortable working to tight deadlines, and have a pragmatic approach to achieving objectives.
A strong team ethic is essential, as is an ability to work independently.
Knowledge of one or more of our core disciplines would be of benefit, namely fish ageing, microbiology (bacteriology), molecular diagnostics (nucleic acid handling, PCR, qPCR, sequencing), parasitology, histology and dissection.
Excellent IT skills, you will be able to work across a range of software's to communicate, store, analysis and interpret data.
A full UK driving licence would be beneficial.
The roles are office and laboratory based, situated within the National Fisheries Laboratory, Brampton, Cambridgeshire. Occasional travel for meetings, events and site visits may be required.
We operate a 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday service. You will also have an incident role and will be expected to support our fisheries incident response service, which may on occasion be outside of these hours.
We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities for everyone. We offer flexible working as well as a host of other employee benefits. For further information please download the candidate pack.
If you have any other questions, please contact the hiring manager Emma Nolan at emma.nolan@environment-agency.gov.uk

26/11/2023, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Communicates Effectively
Please note that your answers to the capability questions will be blind assessed and used for shortlisting purposes. You may find researching the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) useful when answering the questions. Please demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the role in your answers.
We are a small team with a strong work and team ethic. An ability to work alongside others, to be flexible in approach, communicate effectively and to provide support to colleagues in a professional, timely and courteous manner is integral to the role. Please provide examples of your experience with this.
Takes Decisions and Solves Problems
Please note that your answers to the capability questions will be blind assessed and used for shortlisting purposes. You may find researching the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) useful when answering the questions. Please demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the role in your answers.
Please give us an example of when you have encountered a problem at work and describe how you used your analytical knowledge and experience to identify the root cause and rectify it.
Achieves Results
Please note that your answers to the capability questions will be blind assessed and used for shortlisting purposes. You may find researching the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) useful when answering the questions. Please demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the role in your answers.
Please provide an example that demonstrates your ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and within tight deadlines. Please highlight how you planned and prioritised your work.
Technical Skills
Knowledge of fish biology, fish ecology, fisheries management, and any experience across our fundamental laboratory disciplines would be beneficial. Please tell us about your experience of this.
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

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