Aquatic Animal Health Specialist (fish)

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 21 May 2019

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£34,541 - £40,650


Senior 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

Purpose of job:

The post provides an opportunity to join leading scientists in the field of Aquatic Animal Health. You will initiate, lead and deliver scientific programmes (fin fish sector)underpinning the Aquatic Animal Health National Reference Laboratories at the Cefas Weymouth Laboratory, UK. As well as leading and influencing scientific work programmes you will be required to support the development of overseas programmes of work in the sector.
You will be responsible for producing and reporting scientific findings to the Competent Authority and the wider scientific community through peer reviewed publications and via a range of other media.

Main duties and responsibilities:

• To lead development of scientific projects and to carry out research in the field of aquatic animal health pertinent to the fin fish sector specialism.

• To work closely with colleagues from across the Aquatic Animal Health Theme (including the Fish Health Inspectorate) to provide evidence-based scientific advice and support national and international programmes pertinent to the fish health sector.

• To produce and communicate scientific outputs via a range of published, visual, spoken and social media and, to enhance scientific excellence and reputation within the Aquatic Animal Health Theme at Cefas.

• To collaborate with colleagues in external institutes in the UK and abroad for the advancement of aquatic animal health science and advice offered by Cefas at both national and international level.

Person specification

Experience needed:

• Sectoral experience in fish health evidenced by publication record and other relevant representation and outputs.

• Demonstration of independent project delivery (and production of outputs) to deadlines.

• Experience of delivering overseas projects or developing international links within the sector.

• Experience of leading investigations on new and emerging diseases of fish.


PhD, or equivalent, in aquatic animal health.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Laboratory skills
  • Publication 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 changing and improving, candidates must pass this behaviour for their application to be progressed.
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.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift dates to be confirmed.

Interviews will be held at the Cefas Weymouth Laboratory, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT48UB at a date to be confirmed.

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

Further information

Reasonable adjustment

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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.

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