Sub-sector: Biotech/Life Sciences
Contract: Fixed-term contract
We're looking for Biomedical Scientists to join the NHS Test and Trace team and work within a state-of-the-art, high-output diagnostics laboratory environment as part of the UK's NHS Test and Trace programme.
As well as playing a vital role in supporting society's return to a more normal way of life by helping to break the chains of COVID-19 transmission, you will also gain invaluable experience and exposure to some of the country's most highly skilled individuals in the scientific community.
This represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to go above and beyond to support public health, while also extending your already accomplished technical skills and positioning your Scientific career for further success and growth.
This role will provide the laboratory with an experienced biomedical scientist (BMS). You will be responsible for ensuring that all laboratory quality assurance protocols are being followed. In addition, you will be responsible for the interpretation and authorisation of results as required.
You will also assist the laboratory shift manager, and other laboratory personnel, to carry out troubleshooting of the assays should issues arise. Finally, you'll be responsible for the validation and authorisation of results.
To be successful in this role, you should not work outside of your defined field of competence. This role also requires you to be experienced in molecular biology methods.
To submit a successful application, you'll need the following education, experience and skills:
- Biomedical Science degree
- Evidence of Continual Professional Development (CPD)
- Experience of training and supervising staff in a laboratory setting
- Extensive experience in using a variety of PCR methods
- Using end-point PCR methods
- RNA extraction studies
- Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
- Can work with minimal supervision
- Attention to detail.
In addition, the following education and experience are also desirable but not mandatory:
- Additional appropriate specialist qualification if required
- Higher-level degree/qualification e.g. MSc, Higher Specialist portfolio
- Working with pathology IT
- Viral RNA testing using real-time (RT) PCR methodology
- Knowledge of Quality Management Services
- Knowledge/Performance of Risk Assessments
As well as a competitive rate of pay (with a 20% uplift applied for night working and end of contract bonus), you'll receive comprehensive training on relevant lab procedures and equipment.
This role will work on a shift pattern and will include day, evening and weekend shifts. Please speak to our team to learn more.
You will also be joining a diverse and hugely welcoming team. Diversity is about reflecting the communities we serve, holding the principles of equality and inclusion at the heart of everything we do and all that we stand for, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together.
We aim to foster a culture where individuals of all backgrounds feel confident in bringing their whole selves to work, feel included and their talents are nurtured, empowering them to contribute fully to our purpose.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a team of highly skilled individuals, all focused on delivering the best possible outcome.
If you're ready for a new challenge and want to be part of the team delivering this essential lab work, please apply today.