The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine currently has a number of vacancies for the role of laboratory analyst.
While it has a network of regional laboratories in Cork, Limerick, Athlone, Kilkenny and Sligo, it is envisaged that most posts filled will be located at the Backweston Laboratory Campus.
Two separate competition panels will be established as follows:
- Stream A – Laboratory Analyst – Biology;
- Stream B – Laboratory Analyst – Chemistry.
The laboratories support DAFM in implementing official controls in respect of animal health, plant health, food safety and the safety of animal feed, the job post on the Department’s website outlines.
They also provide for diagnosis and investigation of diseases of farmed animals and undertake applied research and development work in support of DAFM’s animal health, plant health and public health policies.
(i) Responsibility for all samples arriving in the laboratory. Recording data in a LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System);
(ii) Performance of laboratory analyses, usually under the supervision of a Senior Laboratory Analyst. (iii) Performance of laboratory techniques to ISO17025 standard.
The laboratories are modern with good, safe working conditions.
Special equipment and facilities available in connection with the work:
(a) A wide range of laboratory instrumentation and facilities are provided to perform the range of testing necessary, as well as morphological techniques. Examples include ELISA processing equipment, PCR suites with automated equipment, whole-genome sequencing, cataloguing and storage systems, chemical and residue analysis equipment (GC and LC MS-MS (including accurate mass), ICP-MS, ICP-OES, FTIR, HPLC, and biochemistry analysers).
(b) Familiarity with the equipment and techniques listed at (a) is desirable but not essential.
All laboratories provide training ‘on the job’ relevant to the duties of the laboratory analyst. Participation in additional training courses is encouraged.
Stream A – Biology on or before the closing date for this competition, candidates must:
(a) hold a qualification of at least Level 7 on the National Qualification Framework in one of the following:
(i) Biosciences or
(ii) Bio-Medical Laboratory Sciences or (iii) Biological Science (Microbiology or Molecular Biology desirable),
OR: (b) hold a qualification that is acceptable to DAFM as being at least equivalent
Stream B – Chemistry On or before the closing date for this competition, candidates must:
(a) hold a qualification of at least Level 7 on the National Qualification Framework in Science with chemistry/analytical chemistry being a major component of the qualification OR;
(b) hold a qualification that is acceptable to DAFM as being at least equivalent 2.
- The specialised skills required for handling a broad range of techniques and instrumentation;
- Capacity for analysis and interpretation;
- An ability to work on one’s own initiative;
- The necessary computer skills to meet modern laboratory requirements;
- Ability to work as part of a team;
- Good interpersonal and communication skills.
- Experience of working with pathogenic agents; Experience of using laboratory equipment such as microscopes, autoclaves, thermocyclers, DNA sequencers and gel electrophoresis apparatus;
- Experience of working with robotic workstations, ELISA readers and washers;
- Experience in the use of chromatographic techniques, chemical and residue analysis equipment (GC and LC MS-MS (including accurate mass), ICP-MS, ICP-OES, FTIR, HPLC, and biochemistry analysers);
- Experience of quality assurance systems;
- Experience of laboratory information management systems (LIMS);
- Relevant post-graduate qualification;
- Knowledge of health and safety legislation.
1. Specialist Laboratory Knowledge and Expertise
- Displays high levels of laboratory skills/expertise and can provide support to colleagues;
- Has a clear understanding of the objectives and targets of the role and how they support the service delivered by the unit and Department;
- Have strong analytical and problem-solving skills with particular focus on laboratory continuous improvement;
- Is conversant with the latest developments in laboratory techniques, including IT support system;
- Displays knowledge of method development, validation and test operations under the ISO17025:2005 quality standard;
- Displays attention to detail and a high level of conscientiousness about their role.
- Shows respect for colleagues and co-workers;
- Develops and maintains good working relationships with others, sharing information and knowledge as appropriate;
- Offers own ideas and perspectives;
- Understands own role in the team, making every effort to play his/her part;
- Encourages and supports new and more effective ways of working.
3. Analysis and decision-making
- Effectively deals with a wide range of information sources;
- Understands the practical implication of information in relation to the broader context in which he/she works – procedures, divisional objectives;
- Identifies and understands key issues and trends;
- Draws accurate conclusions and makes balanced and fair recommendations;
- Puts forward effective solutions to address problems as they arise.
4. Interpersonal and communication skills
- Modifies communication approach to suit the needs of a situation/audience;
- Actively listens to the views of others • Negotiates, where necessary, in order to reach a satisfactory outcome;
- Maintains a focus on dealing with customers (internal and external) in an effective, efficient and respectful manner;
- Is assertive and professional when dealing with challenging issues;
- Expresses self in a clear and articulate manner when speaking and in writing.
5. Commitment and delivery of results
- Is committed to the role, consistently striving to perform at a high level;
- Demonstrates flexibility and openness to change;
- Ensures proper service delivery procedures/protocols are in place and implemented;
- Takes ownership of tasks and is determined to see them through to a satisfactory conclusion;
- Constructively challenges existing approaches to improve efficient customer service delivery;
- Successfully manages a range of different projects and work activities at the same time;
- Applies appropriate systems/ processes to enable quality checking of all activities and outputs.
Pay The salary scale for this position, with effect from Septemebr 1st,2019, is as follows:
Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate:
€33,232, €34,614, €36,809, €37,849, €38,840, €41,183, €42,696, €44,221, €45,777,
€47,329, €48,884, €50,425, €52,033, €53,631, €55,180 (NMAX), €56,250 (LSI1)*
Application forms can be downloaded here - all sections of the form must be fully completed - One hard copy of your application form must be submitted.
Closing date: Applications forms must be submitted no later than 4pm on November 29th to; Kemi Adeyemi Competitions & Recruitment Section Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Eir Building, Old Knockmay Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, R32YK81.
The full job post can be viewed here.