Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Open Competition for Laboratory Analyst - Biology in Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

12 days to apply

Apply by: 24.07.2024

Graduate job

Job Specification

The Laboratories support DAFM in implementing official controls in respect of animal health, plant health, food safety and the safety of animal feed. The Laboratories also provide for diagnosis and investigation of diseases of farmed animals. This enables surveillance and monitoring of patterns and frequencies of endemic diseases (including zoonotic diseases) and early recognition of new/emerging and exotic diseases. The Laboratories undertake applied research and development work in support of DAFM’s animal health, plant health and public health policies.

Principal Tasks:

  • Performance of laboratory analysis, usually under the supervision of a Senior Laboratory Analyst.
  • Performance of laboratory techniques to the ISO17025 standard.
  • Responsibility for samples received in the laboratory. Recording sample information in a LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System).
  • Support maintenance of laboratory accreditation to the ISO17025 standard and assist in method validation and project work.

Essential Requirements - Educational Qualifications:

By 31st October 2024, candidates must hold a qualification of at least an ordinary level degree (level 7 consisting of 180 credits on the National Framework of Qualifications) in one of the following:

  • Molecular Biology.
  • Microbiology.
  • Biomedical Sciences.
  • Biosciences.


  • Hold a qualification that would be acceptable to the Department as being at least equivalent.

Please see competition booklet for further information, and how to apply.

There are many benefits for choosing a career in DAFM, including:

  • Making a Difference: Your work will directly impact public health, the well-being of animals and the wider agricultural sector, incorporating fisheries, forestry and the marine, contributing to the betterment of society.
  • Continuous Learning: You will have excellent opportunities to expand your knowledge and expertise. The Department is committed to the ongoing training and development of our staff and offers training courses and educational opportunities to all staff, with the added benefit for refund of academic fees.
  • Career Progression: The Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine offers excellent career growth opportunities, empowering you to advance your career.
  • Family friendly working environment : Added benefits include flexible working arrangements, shorter working year options and career breaks.
  • Permanent and pensionable employment.
    DAFM is an equal opportunities employer and recruits from different backgrounds and cultures encouraging inclusion and diversity.

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