Associate Principle Scientist (Genetic Sequencing) - Day shift

Location Royal Leamington Spa
Discipline: Lab Management
Salary: ££51519 per annum + 10% retention bonus
Contact name: Nathan Mccarron

Job ref: RLS1112BLS_1635525657
Published: about 1 month ago
Startdate: ASAP

Fixed term contract

We're currently seeking Associate Principle Scientists based in and around Warwickshire to work within a state of the art, high output diagnostics laboratory environment as part of the UK's NHS Test and Trace programme, helping society's return to a more normal way of life.

Gain invaluable experience and exposure to some of the country's most highly skilled individuals in the scientific community and join a supportive environment where training and accreditation (where relevant) will be provided for this role.

What you can expect:

  • The Principal Scientist will lead the day to day operational and technical delivery of two lab lines conducting the ultra-high throughput next generation sequencing of positive Covid samples for the assessment of variants, from sample accessioning of positive samples cherry-picked from the qPCR testing lines, RNA to cDNA conversion, amplification, next generation sequencing DNA library preparation, QC, pooling and subsequently genome sequencing through to data delivery.

  • The role holder will operate at a lab level to ensure all technical and scientific processes, equipment and resources are in place and provide the lead focal point for operational delivery of science to staff cohort. The role holder will be accountable for lab quality assurance, requiring a strong focus on critical thinking and problem-solving to guarantee processes are carried out according to the lab's Standard Operating Procedures. As the final point of escalation for scientific matters, an integral part of the role will be to effectively deal with any escalated risks and issues that occur during a set shift. The Principal Scientist will be required to provide daily reporting and support business strategies and KPIs.

What we're looking for:

  • Biomedical Science degree

  • Evidence of Continual Professional Development

  • Experience training and supervising staff in a laboratory setting

  • Extensive experience in using a variety of PCR methods and using end-point PCR methods

  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.

  • Can work with minimal supervision

In return:

You will receive a minimum 18-month contract with opportunity to go permanent and competitive rate of pay and a 10% retention bonus (paid at 9 and 18 months). Please note, successful candidates will be required to spend a minimum 3 weeks in training working flexible day patterns (including some weekends) before transitioning onto your shift.

Working hours and shift times

The role will work on rotating day patterns (including some weekend work) with flexible start times.

If you would like to request any reasonable adjustments around start times, working additional hours, learning about different shifts or future opportunities around securing a permanent position, please speak to the team to learn more about how we can accommodate you.

Compliance checks
Please be aware that Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) including a media check is the required level of screening for all staff working at the Leamington Spa Laboratory.

Diversity at NHS Test and Trace
You will be joining a diverse and hugely welcoming team that reflects the communities we serve. We aim to foster a culture where individuals of all backgrounds feel confident in bringing their whole selves to work, feel included and empowering them to contribute fully at work.

If you're ready for a new challenge and want to be part of the team delivering this essential lab work, please apply today.

Please note: Impellam Group is working in partnership with NHS Test and Trace, so you will be employed on a fixed-term employment basis with an Employing Agency (either SRG, Medacs, Lorien or Blue Arrow) within Impellam Group, in line with contractual employment terms and conditions set out by the respective Employing Agency, and not directly employed by NHS Test and Trace.