NIBSC Scientist - Virology, £30,901 per annum + benefits + pension

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An exciting opportunity exists within the Division of Virology for a scientist to join a team within the influenza group at NIBSC. The post is in the area responsible for (pre-)pandemic and zoonotic influenza related projects which include the development of pre-pandemic/zoonotic influenza candidate vaccine viruses, vaccine potency assay reagents and associated research.

With circa 1300 staff based in two main locations and peripatetically across the UK and abroad, we enhance and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices.

 A centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) is a global leader in the characterisation, standardisation and control of biological medicines. NIBSC plays a major role in assuring the quality of biological medicines worldwide through the provision of biological reference materials, by testing products and carrying out research. Our expert scientists also provide advice on a routine basis and in response to emergencies.

Purpose of the role:

The post holder will be part of a team engaged in a variety of activities supporting these goals and will need to proactively interact with the rest of the influenza group, other areas of NIBSC, the WHO network and the wider influenza community.

The role will involve handling a wide range of influenza viruses, mainly those of pandemic potential and a significant proportion of work will be at containment levels 3 and SAPO4. The role will also involve downstream processing of in vivo experiments.

The successful candidate will have experience of virology and/or immunological techniques.

Person requirements:


Mandatory requirements:


The candidate must be able to gain UK government security clearance at SC level



  • Degree in microbiology or a related biological field or equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience

Skills & Experience:

  • Proven graduate experience working in Containment level 2 laboratories
  • Experience working in Containment level 3 laboratories desirable
  • Experience working in Containment level 4 (UK SAPO4 or ACDP4) laboratories is desirable

Applicants appointed to this role will be required to carry out a Disclosure and Barring check and animal rights connections check in addition the standard BPSS checks.

For more information on this role please download the job description and person specification

If you need assistance applying for this role or have any other questions please contact


Closing Date:  30 April 2017

If you need assistance applying for this role or have any other question please contact


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


Our process requires that you apply through our careers site, where you will be asked to complete your application and answer some competency based questions. Applicants are assessed on whether they meet any mandatory requirements as well as the necessary skills and experience for the role score and then scored on their competency answers so please ensure you have read these thoroughly and allow sufficient time. You can view the competencies for this role in the job description.


In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment on the basis of merit by a fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Mira Mepa, Resourcing Manager,, in the first instance. 


If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission at:


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