Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 11 Dec 2017

Reference number



£21,920 - £25,529


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Weymouth, South West, DT4 8UB

About the job

Job description


The purpose of this post is technical project delivery in practical molecular virology within the Food Safety Group at Weymouth, including support of research and development activities carried out for external customers.


Main duties are:

• Responsibility for production and delivery of virus lenticules for PHE proficiency testing.
• Delivery of commercial norovirus testing as well as testing for statutory and research projects relating to the detection and/or enumeration of viruses in foods.
• Support for reference laboratory activities (specialist advice, ring-trials, validation studies, analysis of outbreak-related and other samples) as required.
• Support of research activities. Current research activities include the development of approaches for determining the potential viability of norovirus detected by PCR in shellfish, the application of next generation sequencing to characterisation of norovirus strains in environmental samples, studies on the transmission and impact of norovirus and other enteric viruses (HAV, HEV) in shellfish and the marine environment, improving understanding of the public health burden associated with virus contamination of shellfish, and development of improved risk management approaches.
• Delivery of other aspects of the food safety contract portfolio as agreed with managers and following appropriate prioritisation.

PLEASE NOTE: This post is not suitable for anyone with a shellfish allergy. The successful candidate will be required to have, and maintain, up-to-date tetanus immunisation. Hepatitis A vaccination will also be required.


The following skills and experience are required:

Practical experience in the application of molecular techniques preferably linked to the analysis of viruses and/or complex samples (e.g. shellfish or environmental)

Experience of good microbiological practices, including aseptic technique, and familiarity with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and /or Good Laboratory Practice.

Person specification

You must describe how you meet the skills criteria outlined in the job description.


A degree or equivalent in molecular biology or a related discipline.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Delivering at pace
  • Science and Engineering - Securing, Maintaining and Developing Relevant Technical Expertise
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
  • Science and Engineering - Understanding and Complying with Statutory Requirements and Standards

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Please note depending on volume of applications an Initial Sift may be conducted on the Lead Competency, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and Interview dates to be confirmed

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, The Nothe, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8UB

Further information

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair or if you have a hearing impairment, a Language Service Professional

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