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Current vacancies

The Pirbright Institute employs a dynamic and vibrant community of around 350 staff covering a diverse set of chosen fields, backgrounds and experience. We all play a crucial role in furthering the Institute’s aspirations, advancing the frontiers of science and knowledge through our excellent scientific research, knowledge sharing and contribution; with a real focus in improving the world in which we live. Our outlook is always balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one Institute’ approach.

Pirbright is a proud holder of the Athena SWAN Bronze Award. The award recognises the advancement of gender equality at the Institute. The Institute also offers a range of benefits, including childcare vouchers, onsite gym, and social club at its site in Surrey.

How to apply

Applications for our vacancies listed below must be made via our recruitment portal. For further information about completing your application, see our guidance notes. If you have any queries about recruitment at Pirbright, please email jobs@pirbright.ac.uk.

Current vacancies

Location: The Pirbright Institute

Organisation position and purpose:      

Applications are invited for two Research Scientists/Assistants to join the Avian Oncogenic viruses group at Pirbright Institute and report to the Head of the group. The purpose of these positions is to recruit two Research Scientists with experience in using BAC mutagenesis and CRISPR/Cas9 editing technologies to develop multivalent herpesvirus vectored vaccine. 

The successful candidate will be required to manage the research project, work independently and liaise with all members of the team, as well as other research groups. You will become a pivotal member of the team striving to bring innovation, and will support the group by delivering excellent high-impact research. You will perform key research, administrative and management duties and report directly to the Head of the Group.

 

Main duties and responsibility

  • The post-holder will carry out research to meet the objectives outlined in the industry-funded project to develop multivalent avian herpesvirus vectored vaccine using BAC technology and CRISPR/Cas9 editing technologies.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data, contribute to developing new techniques and methods.
  • Generating high impact research publications based on the findings from the research projects and enhance the International impact of the Institute by participation in meetings, joint projects and other activities
  • Prepare regular brief reports for collaborators, and contribute to video conference discussions with collaborators.
  • Contributing towards the Knowledge exchange, business development and outreach programmes of the Institute.
  • Participate in the operational and academic management activities.
  • Interact with other members of the group as well as other groups on wider aspects of research innovations into the control of avian viral diseases.
  • Actively participate in Pirbright Laboratory quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following Institute’s policies.

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

 

Personal specification

Intellectually engaging, results driven, excellent time management, good collaborative and problem solving skills as well as the ability to be reliable under pressure, passionate about your research and provide inspiration and creativity to other team members.

 

Specific requirements

Essential

  • Degree in a virology, cell biology, another relevant field of biology or equivalent
  • Proven experience of research in Molecular biology for development of herpesvirus virus vectored vaccine
  • Proven experience of research in virology, immunity, cell biology or molecular biology
  • Publications in areas associated with recombinant vaccine development
  • Experience of a variety of general virology or molecular biology techniques and cell culture techniques
  • DNA extraction for PCR/Sequencing techniques, advanced microscopy
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, including industrial collaborators
  • Evidence in organising Training courses, and outreach/knowledge activities related to avian diseases
  • Evidence of networking skills and the ability to liaise with research collaborators and industrial partners
  • Decision making and problem solving skills
  • Enthusiastic and innovative
  • Self-motivated

Desirable

  • Experience in the application and use of BAC/Fosmid mutagenesis and/or CRISPR/Cas9 editing system in recombinant vaccine development, immunogenecity test of the recombinant viruses and MDV pathogenesis study,
  • Evidence in time management skills, and able to plan own work, and meeting objectives without day-to-day monitoring
  • Experience in working in commercial environment, and track record of delivery of industry-funded projects

 

Due to the nature of the work we do, all successful applicants will be required to go through a comprehensive screening process including reference and qualification checks, financial and security clearances.

We would like to encourage all overseas applicants to consider the Tier 1 Global Talent Visa route. This has been designed to offer fast-tracked entry to the UK for scientific researchers to work and live in the UK. Please see for further information under the link: https://www.gov.uk/global-talent

 

The Pirbright Institute may be able to make a financial contribution towards the cost of immigration to the UK.

 

What we offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

 

To apply for this vacancy please visit our careers page -Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

Location: The Pirbright Institute

Organisation position and purpose:      

The post holder will support the day to day activities of the non-vesicular reference laboratories (NVRL) at the Pirbright Institute within a large multi-disciplinary team. The post-holder will be working in our high-containment facilities with SAPO-3 and 4 viruses and must comply with all biosafety procedures. The NVRL comprises six OIE reference laboratories. The post holder will report to a senior laboratory technician who will oversee the day to day workload and ensure that the quality management system (ISO/IEC 17025) is maintained.

The primary purpose of the NVRL is to provide a national and international diagnostic service and to characterise outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have a strong predisposition for trans-boundary spread including African horse sickness, African swine fever virus, bluetongue, capripox and peste des petits ruminants virus. The NVRL provides support to other research groups within the institute relating to development of tests, epidemiology and control of viral diseases as well as validation work for external customers.

 

Main duties and responsibility

 

This role will be to support the NVRL in day to day laboratory activities, this will include:

  • Receiving samples submitted for testing and assigning appropriate tests
  • Data entry using the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Communicating with customers when additional information relating to submissions is required
  • Taking stock of lab consumables and ordering items to maintain stock levels
  • Assist in the monitoring and maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Participate in group meetings to discuss ideas and progress where applicable

 

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

 

Personal specification

 

For this role we are looking for someone who is reliable, has good attention to detail and good time management skills. They must be able to communicate effectively and keep accurate written records.

 

Specific requirements

 

Essential

  • BSc in biological sciences or related discipline
  • Evidence of accurate record keeping
  • Good computer skills/ knowledge of Microsoft packages
  • Evidence of the ability to organise and multi-task
  • Demonstrated experience of using good communication skills
  • Willingness to undertake a broad range of duties
  • Proven ability to work in a team
  • Time management skills
  • Reliability under pressure

 

Desirable

 

  • Experience in working to ISO/IEC 17025 standards or equivalent
  • Experience of working in a laboratory

Due to the nature of the work we do, all successful applicants will be required to go through a comprehensive screening process including reference and qualification checks, financial and security clearances.

 

We would like to encourage all overseas applicants to consider the Tier 1 Global Talent Visa route. This has been designed to offer fast-tracked entry to the UK for scientific researchers to work and live in the UK. Please see for further information under the link: https://www.gov.uk/global-talent

 

What we offer

 

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

 

To apply for this vacancy please visit our careers page -Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

Location: The Pirbright Institute

Organisation position and purpose:      

The Science Administrator (CCG) supports scientists at the cutting edge of research to control devastating viruses of humans and animals. The Core Capability Grant (CCG) is a £62m infrastructure initiative that enables the science carried out at the Pirbright Institute. You will work directly with the Head of Science Administration and the Science Lead for the CCG, as well as with a range of science staff who manage the Institute’s cross cutting capabilities (https://www.pirbright.ac.uk/facilities-and-resources/cross-cutting-capabilities)  Your job will involve collaborating with a diverse range of individuals at different levels of responsibility across the organisation. Through your high level of personal initiative and organisation you will ensure that we both record strategic decisions made by scientists and follow up on their progress, including helping to organise workshops on specific research areas and recording of impact in research. While previous experience in science is not essential, a keen interest in our area of research would be useful.

The position will report to the Head of Science Administration, with much matrix working across the science directorate. You will be based in the Science Administration office. The Science Administrator (CCG) will be part of a proactive, enthusiastic and professional support team that is well established in the Institute.

Main duties and responsibility

 

The main responsibilities and duties fall into three broad areas:

 

Committee and meeting support (70%)

  • Supporting a range of important internal committees, including (but not limited to) the Institute’s Science, Bioimaging, Flow, and Bioinformatics, Committees.
  • Responsible for convening meetings and taking charge of all meeting logistics.
  • Ensuring documentation is distributed within the agreed timescales, minute taking, and ensuring actions arising from meetings are completed. 
  • Acting as a point of contact for visitors, managing their schedule, itineraries, travel, accommodation and reimbursement of expenses as appropriate. 
  • Organisation of occasional workshops for science areas supported by the CCG

General Administrative Support (15%)

  • Assisting with all aspects of office administration, for the Head of Science Administration and the Science Lead for the CCG.
  • Arrange travel and accommodation for line manager and other senior staff as required.
  • Managing the ordering of departmental goods and services via the Institute web-based purchasing system (Focal Point) and liaising with suppliers to obtain competitive quotes, tenders, invoices and purchase orders.
  • Assisting with management of project-based expenditure, utilising and cross-referencing of correct Project Numbers against Purchase Orders, maintaining accurate records.
  • Maintaining electronic and hard copy filing systems.
  • Data collation and entry, gathering information from a range of sources and presenting it in an easily digestible fashion.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times, the post holder will have access to confidential information including confidential staff matters.

Reporting (15%)

  • Assist with departmental reporting requirements and production or reports.
  • Assist with coordinating the Institute’s reporting on science outputs via Researchfish, with an emphasis on reporting outcomes for the Core Capability Grant. 

 

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

 

Personal specification

For this role we are looking for someone who is a pro-active self-starter, who preferably has experience of working in a fast paced, dynamic support function, with a collaborative and flexible approach and the strength of character to deal with a wide variety of tasks, at times under pressure. You will need to be highly organized, have a keen attention to detail, and have an ability to prioritize a diverse workload with competing demands, you will therefore need excellent time management skills. In order to be successful in the role you will need excellent communication skills (verbal and written), being able to communicate with a range of individuals at all levels and across disciplines. Experience in a similar role, or similar environment would be an advantage.

 

Specific requirements:

Essential

  • Interest and enthusiasm for the studies carried out at The Pirbright Institute
  • 5 GCSE’s (including maths and English language)
  • Appropriate experience of administrative/ secretarial duties
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills, including the confidence to communicate with senior members of staff, where required
  • Experience of database management systems
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and work to a variety of tight deadlines
  • Proactive and reliable
  • Minute taking skills
  • To be discreet with confidential information
  • Ability to work independently, using own initiative, and being proactive
  • Proven ability to build effective working relations

 

Desirable

  • Graduate qualification in a science subject
  • Experience of procurement systems
  • Experience of financial and project administration
  • Experience of controlling costs/managing budgets

 

Due to the nature of the work we do, all successful applicants will be required to go through a comprehensive screening process including reference and qualification checks, financial and security clearances.

 

What we offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities 

To apply for this vacancy please visit our careers page -Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

Location: The Pirbright Institute

Organisation position and purpose:      

The Institute has a vibrant and thriving student community comprised of more than 60 PhD students, MSc research project students, BSc year-in-industry students and undergraduate veterinary students.

The Head of Education plays a critical role in the strategic development and management of the Institute’s undergraduate and postgraduate student programmes, acting as an ambassador for the Institute with our numerous Higher Education Institute, Further Education Institute, research, and industrial partners, both within the UK and internationally. This is critical to maintaining the high regard and reputation which the Institute has for its student programmes. 

The role has ownership for all aspects of the studentship programmes, from funding to completion, ensuring appropriate quality of supervision and progression against key milestones, as well as effective relations with academic sponsors. The post holder has overall responsibility for the pastoral care of all students at the Institute, working closely with and supporting supervisors to achieve the students’ academic progression and acts as the escalation point for resolution of issues between students and supervisors.

The Head of Education will also provide expert advice and advanced pedagogical knowledge, supporting others at the Institute in their development of learning material and assessments for internal training and externally facing courses.

The post holder will report to the Head of Science Administration, being a broader part of a proactive, enthusiastic and professional research management team that is well established at the Institute.  The Head of Education will be responsible for the line management of the Student Officer, and will work closely with many other individuals and teams within the Institute, including scientists, Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation, Finance, Communications and HR.

 

Main duties and responsibility

  • Lead on the strategic development and enhancement of the studentship programmes, ensuring a good fit with the Institute’s overall scientific strategy and helping to drive internal policy making.
  • Take the academic lead to establish, maintain, and strengthen good relationships with partner institutions and funding bodies, both within the UK and internationally.
  • Lead and participate in multi-institutional committees influencing and supporting studentship programmes and initiatives.
  • Maintain a deep and holistic awareness of intellectual developments within the discipline and implement key national and international policy changes that influence the postgraduate programme in terms of quality assurance, academic standards, and funding regulations. 
  • Ownership and development of all processes and procedures associated with the student programmes, including selection of project applications for funding, recruitment, aspects specific to international studentships, and legally binding studentship agreements.
  • Set expectations and standards of conduct through the Code of Practice for Students and Supervisors.
  • Full responsibility for the pastoral support for undergraduate and postgraduate students using an open-door policy and more formal meetings.
  • Lead and facilitate meetings in cases of student-supervisor disagreement, make decisions and implement interventions, and support HR in disciplinary hearings.
  • Facilitate the development of new supervisors at the Institute, and support established supervisors through CPD.
  • Promote the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) agenda with the student population and act as a senior conduit to the ED&I Committee as required.
  • Lead in the celebration of student successes at the Institute.
  • Lead in the promotion of student engagement in wider Institute activities e.g. outreach, sports and social activities.
  • Line management of the Student Officer to ensure the smooth operation of the student programmes.
  • Full responsibility for setting and maintaining the annual budget for undergraduate and postgraduate students (approx. £850K), including the allocation of resources within such.
  • Responsible for compliance with GDPR and the Institute’s Data Privacy Policy as applied to studentships.
  • Provide advanced pedagogical knowledge to support the design and development of training materials by the Institute’s Training Team and Learning & Development Manager.
  • Advise on English language qualifications offered by international students and visitors and oversee use of the Institute’s online English language assessment test.
  • Be a member of the Institute’s Science Committee, which is responsible for science strategy and science delivery.
  • Produce high quality reports for advice and guidance to senior staff (Science Committee, Senior Leadership Board, Science Advisory Board, Trustee Board) as required.

 

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

 

Personal specification

For this role we are looking for someone who has experience working with and supporting undergraduate and post-graduate students. We are looking for someone to take a leadership and management role, having overall responsibility for student body at the Institute. In addition, we are looking for someone with a passion for equality, diversity and inclusion, who can champion the ED&I agenda at the institute.

In order to be effective in this role you will need the strength of character to deal with a wide variety of tasks, including solving complex, and often personal or confidential problems, at times under pressure. Excellent communication, negotiation and diplomacy skills are required, a wide range of relationships will need to be developed and managed as part of the role. In addition, a high degree of emotional intelligence and empathy would be particularly useful. The successful candidate will need excellent decision making/problem solving skills, with an ability to prioritize a diverse workload with competing demands. The role is dynamic and varied, a flexible and adaptable approach will help you to succeed.  

 

Specific requirements

Essential

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant branch of biosciences
  • Knowledge of working in an HEI or FEI environment, and the funding streams available for studentships
  • Evidence of pastoral support for students
  • Evidence of applying pedagogy at degree level or above
  • Budget setting and management
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of autonomy and discretion
  • Line management and leadership skills
  • Negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Excellent communication skills, at all levels internally and at a high level with external partners
  • Evidence of networking skills with the ability to build effective collaborative relationships

Desirable

  • Postgraduate qualification in education
  • Working with and applying the recommendations of governing bodies and legal frameworks within education
  • Formal training in counselling and/or mental first aid
  • Experience of, and an ability to effectively Chair meetings

 

Due to the nature of the work we do, all successful applicants will be required to go through a comprehensive screening process including reference and qualification checks, financial and security clearances.

 

What we offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

Location: The Pirbright Institute

Organisation position and purpose:      

As part of the Pirbright Development Programme Client Team, the Development Clerk of Works reports to the Capability EMS – Engineering & Operations Manager and is a central part of EMS operations.

 

Key functions of the role:

 

  • Complete the final stages of Design Document Review (DDR) process through the final stages of RIBA 4 by reviewing technical submittals and highlighting errors, omissions, or non-compliances with the DDR process, upload comments to BIW and alert the Project Team to any major concerns
  • Provide the technical link between the Development Programme and EMS site operations to ensure knowledge is built within Pirbright staff and suitable expertise is gained to enable safe and reliable maintenance and operation of new DP built assets
  • Review Requests for Information (RFIs) and Requests for Project Managers Instructions (RFPMI’s) from contractors and comment as appropriate.
  • Review Development project Risk Assessments & Method Statements (RAMs) and comment as appropriate
  • Represent the Pirbright Institute as Responsible Person for all development contractor activities on site
  • Attend and actively participate in all relevant project meetings
  • Ensure all work is carried out to Pirbright standards and in accordance with the contractors building information of Employers Requirements (ER’s) and the relevant codes of practice. Report any exception and concerns to the Project Team
  • Whilst on Construction Design Management (CDM) sites ensure that all contractors and operatives are working safely and if any transgressions are observed report through the site reporting process
  • Attend any toolbox talks as appropriate to the status of works on site to ensure awareness of any potential risks on site
  • Regularly produce a Mechanical and Electrical Observation and Defects register highlighting on a room by room, area by area basis any observations, defects, and non-compliances, including photographs to support and highlight any concerns. Upload the document onto BIW, categorize items based on the severity of comments using the RAG system, and regularly update and close out issues
  • Raise any on-going concerns identified on the Defects Register at the weekly Site Inspection Review (SIR) meetings, aiming to ensure any poor workmanship issues are not propagated across site. Provide support and offer pragmatic solutions (where appropriate) to overcome site issues. Escalate to the Development PMO, DP2 projects board or the weekly Progress and Quality meetings, any issues identified on register that are not being resolved to PIRs satisfaction during the SIR meetings
  • Undertake liaison role with Pirbright Client teams and facilitate project delivery to operations process, ensure attendance as far as is reasonably practicable on testing and witnessing of completed mechanical and electrical systems and the de-snagging process is supported with the Client Monitoring Team (CMT)
  • Prior to client witnessing ensure all documentation issued internal Quality Assurance paperwork relevant to the system to be reviewed by the client teams, ensuring due diligence has been observed
  • Provide assurance that PIR RAG items have been cleared along with contractors own internal snag items. Walk down the system to identify the extent of the test on the system, ensuring all test equipment is within its current calibration period
  • Attend Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) and/or arrange for client team attendance as required (may include travel abroad), review any FAT documentation and produce written reports detailing observations, conclusions and any concerns for upload to BIW
  • Liaise with EMS Specialist Equipment Owners (SEOs) and relevant Pirbright stakeholders to ensure a consistent approach to site reporting and ensuring the avoidance of replication. Ensure that the Quality reports are uploaded and updated on a regular basis.
  • Attend Site Acceptance Tests (SATs) and comment as appropriate, reviewing relevant SAT documentation and comment as appropriate via the project process

 

 

Biosecurity / H&S and Security

All Staff

Actively seek to maintain and improve Institute Biosecurity / H&S and Security standards by:

  1. Reading and implementing all Biosecurity / H&S and Security policies, local rules, codes of practice and SOPs.
  2. Reporting all accidents, incidents and near misses.
  3. Attending all mandatory training sessions.

                                   

Specific requirements

Essential:

  • Demonstrable experience in a M&E technical discipline
  • Track record of successful management including completion of defined projects with positive outcomes and career development of staff
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in identifying issues, defining solutions in a collaborative and inclusive way and completion within deadlines
  • Comfortable in delegating tasks, where appropriate
  • Track record of working within an M&E services position clerk of works or similar
  • The ability to multi-task and work under strict deadlines
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desirable:

  • Evidence of exceptional attention to detail, accuracy in documentation & records management.
  • Evidence of networking skills with the ability to build effective collaborative relationships.  Experience of working in biological high containment facilities and/or similar laboratory environments.
  • Awareness of Major Accident Hazard Sites and management processes for control.
  • Evidence of experience of change-management, influencing and strategic vision.

 

Personal specification

  • Time management
  • Reliability under pressure
  • Decision making/problem solving skills
  • Results driven
  • Collaborative – builds strong working relationships across functions

Qualifications

  • Professional Management Qualification Degree/ HND /HNC

In Engineering either or Mechanical / Electrical disciplines

  • Project Management Qualification /APM
  • CSCS qualifications

 

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

 

What we offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

To apply for this vacancy please visit our careers page -Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

Location: The Pirbright Institute

Organisational position and purpose

The successful candidate will provide the Institute with the expert professional support necessary to facilitate control and mitigation of the high consequence biorisk, health safety & environment risk arising from its work; to provide robust monitor and assurance for stakeholders across these areas; and to comply with applicable health safety & environment law and related legislation including maintaining legal authority to operate as a Major Hazard Site and under its Specified Animal Pathogens Order 2008 licence.

HSBS Advisers at Pirbright are pivotal to the organisation, and are expected to render excellent levels of service and exacting standards of work to support research, diagnostics and operations.


Main duties and responsibilities

  • Provide proportionate, reliable and authoritative specialist HSBS advice to staff/students
    and stakeholders, including supporting risk assessment, ensuring biological containment,
    and facilitating operational controls.
  • Develop best practice in all applicable aspects of HSBS risk management and regulatory compliance, particularly biorisk management up to Containment Level 4 for animal health
    and genetic modification hazards, and up to Containment Level 3 for human health hazards.
  • Line manage the post of Environment Adviser, ensuring environmental risks and
    associated legal duties are being satisfactorily managed, monitored and reported.
  • Assist implementation of relevant management systems such as ISO 35001 and ISO 45001, working in conformity to quality management systems such as ISO 9001, and carrying out internal audits to assess and improve conformity to systems and management of risk.
  • Working with other HSBS Advisers, identify training needs,
    and develop and deliver effective training, in support of the above.
  • Working with other HSBS Advisers and other relevant Institute colleagues,
    contribute to HSBS aspects of the site development programme and capital projects.
  • Assist with management and investigation of incidents, including development of emergency preparedness, root cause analysis, identification of lessons learned, and collation of metrics.
  • Monitor and facilitate implementation of corrective and improvement
    actions identified by audits and investigations.
  • Act as duty Biological Safety Officer on a rota basis (training and support for this will be given),
    to provide immediately available advice and assistance on biosafety matters, in both working hours and out-of-hours, subject to a paid allowance for the latter.


This job description is only an outline of tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of the Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Head of Quality. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health safety and security by compliance with relevant policies and all employees are responsible for the health safety and security of staff under their management.


Personal behaviours

Work reliably under pressure, have good time management, be able to rapidly adjust priorities,
be able to work both independently and as part of a team, exhibit tact and sensitivity, develop and exert influence, good problem solving and decision-making skills, work to exacting standards.

Specific requirements

Essential:

  • Degree, or equivalent qualification, in a bioscience subject, or an equivalent subject.
  • Significant research and/or technical laboratory experience.
  • Experience of, or demonstrable interest in, management of biorisk and health & safety.
  • Track record of delivering high quality work, on time, to achieve business objectives.
  • Track record of building effective work relationships and a collegiate working ethos.

Desirable:

  • NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety,
    or equivalent qualifications or training.
  • ISTR BioSafety Practitioner 1 (BSP1) qualification and/or
    experience of biosafety practice or laboratory management.
  • Auditing qualifications or training, and/or experience in ISO 35001 or ISO 45001 auditing.
  • Training qualifications, and/or experience in development and delivery of HSBS training.
  • IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management,
    or equivalent qualifications, training or experience.


What we offer

 

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

To apply for this vacancy please visit our careers page -Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

Location: The Pirbright Institute

Accountability, responsibility and duties:

The Health Safety and Risk Manager (HSRM) will report to the Capability Leader – Engineering and Operations and will be responsible for the development and management of the departments health, safety and risk processes and systems. The post will monitor safety performance, standards of both internal staff and third-party service providers to ensure compliance with TPI approved protocols. The post will personally undertake risk assessments for ‘higher risk’ activities ensuring implementation of appropriate controls and/or alternative methods for safe completion of activities.

 

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of the Capability Estates Management Services Department (EMS) and The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Compliance and Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own Health, Safety and Security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and Security of staff under their management.

 

Organisation position and purpose:

 

Based at the Pirbright Institute site the ESRM shall:

 

· Ensure a safe and compliant working environment working collaboratively at all levels within the Capability and other Directorates to establish (and oversee continual improvement of) robust Health Safety and Risk processes, standards and protocols. The post shall provide regular progress and compliance updates to the EMS management and Risk and Assurance team.

· Ensure that all EMS work activities and those of its service providers and sub-contractors are in compliance with TPI health, safety and risk management policies, procedures, rules and guidance and shall collaborate with TPI Health, Safety & Biosafety (HSBS) and Quality Assurance (QA) to undertake periodic reviews of documentation as necessary.

· Ensure TPI meets its statutory obligations in all areas pertaining to Health Safety and Welfare at Work.

· Working closely with the Risk and Assurance Team to ensure EMS are compliant with all Licensing and Statutory requirements

· Develop and periodically review risk assessments for all maintenance activities and equipment/process operation including high level (OSHENS), planned maintenance work instructions and planned/reactive maintenance tasks at the ‘point of work’.

· Manage the EMS Safe System of Work / Permit to Work System.

· Lead on the process of near miss reporting within EMS and ensure that leading safety indicators are utilised to minimise/prevent accidents and incidents and manage appropriate documentation/investigation processes that deliver safety improvements.

· In conjunction with the central HSBS and Quality team develop a fully documented programme of safety audits, inspections and checks, working collaboratively on implementation.

· Ensure that regular safety Inspections are carried out on all EMS internal processes in all operational areas.

· Ensure full and accurate training records are maintained in conjunction with the Engineering Safety and Compliance Officer in support of the operational teams.

· Ensure the company training/competency record document management process reflects EMS and company requirements and is serviceable to all users.

· Further develop and deliver the toolbox talk schedule actively adding additional talks / briefings for identified areas of risk or as a follow up to investigations as necessary.

· Supporting Operational Managers in developing lessons learned as a key business driver.

· Chair periodic Operational and Health and Safety meetings as required.

· In conjunction with EMS Operational, Risk and Assurance Staff maintain in line with the company system the status of all actions and priorities.

· Develop mechanisms to internalise current best practice in, Engineering Safety and Risk management through external networks, forums and/or professional memberships. Lead on internal communication/education processes.

· Provide regular Health & Safety Reports to inform key performance indicators.

· Lead on the EMS departmental risk review/management process chairing periodic risk register review meetings and maintain departmental risk register. Participate in departmental risk escalation process to corporate register. Provide support on risk review activities investigations to ensure compliance and closure.

· Liaise with the Capability Management Team and the directly employed labour teams (DEL) to ensure compliance and understanding of HSRM processes and systems, including the delivery of inductions in line with company systems to ensure safe and controlled operations.

· Work Closely with the Risk and Assurance Directorate on all matters relating to Functional Safety and Human Factors.

· Fully support the PPM implementation process and ensure all HAZOP recommendations and health & safety issues are fully addressed with appropriate Risk Assessments and controls are in place.

· Participation in health, safety and quality assurance procedures as appropriate to the post.          

30%  

 

Specific requirements:

Essential:

  • The candidate must be qualified to at least NEBOSH and come from a health and safety background
  • The candidate must be personable and have experience in an engineering and maintenance environment with varied types of plant and machinery.
  • The candidate must also have extensive knowledge and experience of Quality and CMMS systems.
  • The candidate must have the ability to liaise with other departments and work in a proactive manner.
  • Good presentation, oral and written skills and the ability to deliver training is required.
  • Ideally the candidate should have a measured and accurate approach to Health & Safety and able to communicate at all levels.
  • We are particularly looking for someone that has a keen interest in ‘Engineering Best Practice’ combined with a drive for continuous improvement within maintenance operations, and an eagerness to develop systems that will become the Institute’s “standard” for best practice.
  • An eagerness to undertake further job-related training is also necessary.
  • Time management Skills.
  • Reliability under pressure.

 

Desirable

  • Operated in a containment environment.
  • Evidence of networking and influencing skills.

 

What we offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

 

To apply for this vacancy please visit our careers page -Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

Location: The Pirbright Institute

Organisation position and purpose:      

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Grant Accountant to join the Institute to support the Veterinary Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VVMIC) and work within our Finance Department.

The ideal candidate will be confident, a team player and have excellent communication skills. Other attributes include the need to be conscientious, punctual, reliable, with a professional can do approach. The successful candidate will display common sense and flexibility as well as a willingness to learn and commit to undertake this apprenticeship.

This will involve in providing a full service to the VVMIC internal manager covering budgetary control, monthly reports, costings and other financial reporting requirements. It will also include the management of the project accounting module providing relevant data for VVMIC grant holders.

The post sits within the finance team and reports into the Senior Grant Accountant.

Main duties and responsibility

 

Responsible for grants, which will include:

  • To provide support to the grant team with the project costing and project reporting for both PI’s and funders.
  • Assisting the Project Accountant with the maintenance and updating of the finance grant monitoring system.
  • To produce monthly / quarterly project statements in readiness for submission for VVMIC and other funders.
  • To produce 3-6-9 months ending project statements for the information of the line manager.
  • To produce project statements for all external grants and PI as required and to deadline.
  • Complete monthly recharges and journals as part of the month end process.
  • To assist project accountant with the monthly accrued and deferred income.
  • Assisting the project accountant with the processing of GAP’s.
  • Plus any ad-hoc tasks as required by the line manager.

 

                                                                                               

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

 

Personal specification

 

Time management, reliability under pressure, decision making/problem solving skills, action-oriented, results driven, passionate, engaging and recognizing.

 

Specific requirements

 

Essential

  • Intermediate level in the use of Microsoft Excel
  • Intermediate level in the use of Microsoft Word
  • Undertaking professional accountancy qualifications
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Time management skills
  • To be accurate and be able to work at a detailed level

 

 

Desirable

  • Good Verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of public sector and charities accounting
  • Knowledge of Access accounting package
  • Part Qualified Accountant in AAT or equivalent.
  • Proven track record of providing internal financial reports
  • Experience of dealing with organizational change
  • To work well under pressure
  • To be able to work as part of a team whilst managing their own work
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills

 

 

What we offer

 

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

 

To apply for this vacancy please visit our careers page -Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

Location: The Pirbright Institute

Organisation position and purpose:      

The Procurement Administrator will be responsible for the delivery of the procurement processes across a diverse portfolio of goods and services, through the application of good practice. In addition, the administrator will provide a procurement service from raising purchase orders to ensuring all invoices are matched and processed appropriately.

The Procurement Administrator is a pivotal member of the team and will support the department in delivering an excellent service and for the procurement team to deliver the “value for money” category processes across a diverse portfolio of goods and services, through the application of good practice category, contract, and supplier management techniques. The procurement team involves developing market intelligence, tendering, negotiation, establishing supplier/ consortia relationships and performance management. The position will perform key duties and report to Procurement Manager.

 

Main duties and responsibility

  • Support the purchasing department and other relevant departments in ensuring that the Institute achieves best value from all its purchasing relationships and supply chain and that all process is documented and auditable.
  • Communicate any problems arising from day-to-day activities that may impact on business operations to the users.
  • Act as an interface between suppliers and other relevant stakeholders on purchasing processes and activities
  • Assist in raising the organisational capability in purchasing and best practice, identifying any training themes for the users.
  • Assist in undertaking supplier rationalisation activities
  • Work closely with the procurement manager and buyer to review opportunities for continuous improvement and business improvements in support of business objectives
  • Prepare and raise purchase orders when requested by Finance.
  • Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery or invoice queries and issues
  • Setting up of new suppliers, doing credit checks, vat, and companies house checks.
  • Assist in amending of Supplier and staff accounts.
  • Assist with housekeeping of the procurement system. Closing of PO’s and de-activating suppliers last used.
  • Chasing of Insurance certificates and keeping the current file up to date.

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

 

Personal specification

 

Qualifications:

 

  • Degree qualified, or equivalent, or be suitably qualified by experience with a strong background in procurement administration management

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Able to build and maintain effective and productive relationships with staff, stakeholders, and suppliers
  • Good communication, negotiation, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Analytical, numerically astute with strong demonstrable problem-solving abilities  
  • Able to manage time effectively, prioritise tasks and achieve set targets
  • Able to work well under pressure and demonstrate a flexible approach
  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy

 

Specific requirements

  • Experience with an integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system would be beneficial e.g., FocalPoint
  • Proven experience in procurement administration.
  • Experience of building effective relationships both internally across departments and with a range of external stakeholders.
  • Pro-active and able to work with limited supervision
  • Demonstrates continuous professional development and interest in acquiring new knowledge

 

Due to the nature of the work we do, all successful applicants will be required to go through a comprehensive screening process including reference and qualification checks, financial and security clearances.

 

 What we offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

To apply for this vacancy please visit our careers page -Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

Location: The Pirbright Institute

Organisation position and purpose:      

The postholder will be a pivotal member of the African swine fever vaccinology group, and will report to Dr Christopher Netherton. They will be responsible for delivering the scientific objectives of a research project focused on developing viral vectored African swine fever vaccines.

African swine fever virus is a high consequence transboundary viral disease of pigs that has resulted in the deaths of millions of pigs and wild boar across Europe and Asia. In order to combat this disease the postdoctoral scientist will generate and purify recombinant proteins and used them to measure the antibody response of pigs to experimental African swine fever vaccines and work with industry partners to apply their findings to develop better vaccines against the disease. The post would suit a scientist with an interest and expertise in protein expression and immunology, particularly veterinary immunology.

Main duties and responsibility

 

Responsible for delivery of scientific objectives of the research project, which will include:

  • Production and purification of recombinant viral proteins
  • Supporting the development and validation of ELISA assays
  • Measuring antibody responses in pigs immunised with ASFV vaccines
  • Supporting vaccination trials
  • Maintaining accurate records of experiments and results

                                                                       

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

 

Personal specification

 

Specific requirements

 

Essential

  • A degree or equivalent in a relevant branch of biosciences
  • Practical experience of protein purification from bacterial, insect or mammalian systems (gained in either previous post or as part of degree project).
  • Practical experience of measuring antibody responses (e.g. ELISA)
  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment
  • Theoretical knowledge or practical experience of virology
  • Capable of precise and careful work
  • Computer literate (MS Office)
  • Flexible and adaptive approach to work
  • Good team player
  • Ability to occasionally work long hours

 

 

Desirable

  • Experience of working in containment, particularly with viruses (CL2 or above)
  • Background knowledge of African swine fever virus
  • Background knowledge of the humoral immune response, particularly in the pig
  • Experience of in vivo studies with large animals
  • Experience of molecular techniques (qPCR)

 

Due to the nature of the work we do, all successful applicants will be required to go through a comprehensive screening process including reference and qualification checks, financial and security clearances.

 

We would like to encourage all overseas applicants to consider the Tier 1 Global Talent Visa route. This has been designed to offer fast-tracked entry to the UK for scientific researchers to work and live in the UK. Please see for further information under the link: https://www.gov.uk/global-talent

 

 

What we offer

 

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Buy and sell annual leave
  • Option to carry over up to two weeks annual leave
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
  • Electric Car charging facilities

To apply for this vacancy please visit our careers page -Jobs | The Pirbright Institute

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