Scientist - Working Animals (2 posts)

Porton Down, Salisbury
£31,983 to £37,316
17 Mar 2021
11 Apr 2021
Contract Type

We are Dstl – we are the science inside UK Defence and Security.

Here at Dstl, we keep the UK safe and secure with the latest science
and technology. We’re a world-leader in our field with one aim – protecting lives. That means our work is incredibly varied, with real value and purpose. As a Working Animal Scientist, your work will support UK defence and security, and directly contribute to the prevention of terrorism and serious organised crime. 

Joining the Working Animals team, you’ll design and carry out behavioural research using dogs and other trained animals. You’ll
aim to enhance their ability to detect contraband and other clandestine materials. As part of your projects, you’ll review relevant literature; design and conduct experiments; analyse the findings and report the results. Day to day, you’ll be working with colleagues, customers, stakeholders, working animal practitioners, academics and specialist Dstl teams. 

We’ll expect you to provide technical leadership and deliver projects on time. It’s work that will make an impact: you’ll provide the country with an invaluable resource in the fight against crime. We are recruiting two people. To apply you’ll need either: 

  • a degree in veterinary medicine, practical experience of working in a veterinary role, and membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons or
  • a degree-level qualification in a Biology-based discipline with a relevant post-graduate qualification or equivalent experience of working in a veterinary role or research environment.

For both posts we’re also looking for a good understanding of animal behaviour and learning; animal welfare principles; and experimental design. As some of your work will be field-based, you’ll need a full UK driving licence, too. 

With high quality training, work-life balance (a 37 hour week with flexible working) and the chance to advance, we offer flexibility and opportunities as well as varied, meaningful work. Join us at Dstl and find the unexpected inside. 

Closing Date: 11th April 2021 

To find out more about this role or to apply, please visit our site via the apply button. 

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