The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are seeking a flexible and highly motivated Plant Epidemiologist to join the Department of Epidemiological Sciences as part of the government plant health service. APHA is an executive agency of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). We are responsible for identifying, managing, and controlling incidents and outbreaks of endemic and exotic diseases and pests in animals, plants and bees, as well as carrying out research. We provide unique capabilities and an evidence base for UK government, together with international reference centre responsibilities.
Epidemiological Sciences is a nationally important, multidisciplinary department with expert skills in epidemiology, statistics, risk analysis, modelling and data science. The successful applicant will play a critical role in evidence generation to support government plant pest and disease control policy making and operational delivery through research and surveillance design and evaluation.
The post holder will work collaboratively; scoping, designing and leading studies of plant pests and disease in the UK, to understand and measure pest and disease occurrence, optimise surveillance efficiency and evaluate management strategy. Disease threats of particular interest to plant health include Phytophthora ramorum, Oak processionary moth (OPM) and Xylella fastidiosa.
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