Senior Fish Pathologist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 18 Feb 2019

Reference number



£45,386 - £54,824


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability
Operational Research
Veterinary Services

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Weymouth, South West

About the job

Job description

Working within the Cefas Centre of Excellence for Aquatic Animal Health, as an integral member of the Pathology team, a core purpose of the job is to provide scientific leadership and the provision of expert histopathology assessments of fish for statutory diagnostic and research purposes. In addition, you will provide expert scientific advice and management support for the OIE Collaborating Centre (CC) for Information on Aquatic Animal Disease. This will include specialist input to diagnostic cases, emerging aquatic animal disease occurrences reported to the CC and, as required, representing the CC at OIE meetings.
In addition to provision of pathology expertise for fish and sharing knowledge on this with colleagues in the pathology team, you will be required to gain a working knowledge of invertebrates to interpret mollusc, annelid and crustacean material as required. Fieldwork for collection of samples for research or diagnostic purposes may also be required.
You will be expected to seek and develop research opportunities and work closely with Cefas colleagues and others to secure national and international collaboration for these as required. Attendance at national and international conferences and participation in expert groups (e.g. ICES, OIE) will be expected.


The job will involve:
• Working with the Fish Health Inspectorate for investigations of mortality events and will require close liaison with other diagnostic facilities in the laboratory.
• Leading delivery of research independently or with a multidisciplinary team.
• Production of reports and leading scientific peer reviewed publications.
• Presentation of scientific information to a variety of customers and at conferences.
• Participation on international expert groups.
• Provision of training and mentoring for histopathology as required within Cefas and as part of our ongoing international activities in aquatic animal pathology.

Cefas is committed to providing ongoing personal development and training for staff to enable them to be at the forefront of their work area.

Both national and international travel will be expected to engage in conferences, meetings and field trips. In addition, Cefas is increasingly engaging in projects overseas in a wide range of countries across several continents.

Person specification

You should have:

• Experience in fish histopathology and ultrastructure.
• Expertise in pathology of animal groups other than fish.
• Experience in presenting scientific data to customers and scientific audiences.
• Proven track record of peer reviewed publications in high impact journals.
• A proven ability in diagnostic reporting and awareness of statutory responsibilities.


Formal training in veterinary pathology (Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists, dipECVP or dipACVP or equivalent)


Membership of professional associations dealing with pathology


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Knowledge in OIE procedures
  • Presentation Skills



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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead behaviour Communicating and Influencing, candidates must pass this behaviour for their application to be progressed. Please note each behaviour is limited to 250 words.

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.

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

Contact point for applicants

Cefas Resourcing Team

Sift/interview dates and location

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

Interview date to be confirmed

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses, however, we can offer an initial interview via Skype for candidates who are unable to travel to Weymouth

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 access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Any move to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

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