Technical Officer, National Virus Reference Laboratory

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£38066.38 - £50304.87 per annum
31 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for the temporary role of Technical Officer in the NVRL SARS-CoV-2 satellite laboratory.

Following interviews, a panel will be formed from which future opportunities may be offered. This is a temporary post. The National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) plays an important role in the Irish Health Services as the principal diagnostic and reference service for clinicians investigating virus infections. The NVRL currently offers a repertoire of over 130 tests for the diagnosis of at least 45 different pathogens, and performs in excess of 900,000 tests annually. Since the onset of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the NVRL has played a pivotal role in the national testing response.

In order to increase laboratory testing capacity for SARS-CoV-2, the NVRL will operate a stand-alone SARS-CoV-2 testing laboratory at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Backweston Laboratory Complex, Youngs Cross, Ballymadeer, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. In order to facilitate delivery of the required service, staff are expected to operate on a shift pattern over a 7-day period.

The main purpose of the Technical Officer post is to perform SARS-CoV-2 investigations of patient samples based on established procedures and ensure a rapid turnaround of laboratory test results. The post holder must ensure compliance with the NVRL Quality Management System and Safety Policy.

95 Technical Officer\2013 (7915) Salary Scale: 42,127- 55,671 per annum

Appointment will be made on scale and in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 14th February 2023

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications. UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website: