Fixed Term Contract
Bioscientist / Diagnostic Scientist Lead - Night Shift
We're currently seeking highly skilled and experienced Bioscientist Leads 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.
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.
As a Bioscientist Lead, you will be required to perform quality assurance and oversee lab teams conducting the end to end lab processes from sample receipt, through RNA extraction to delivery of PCR data. This includes the ability to think critically and problem solve to ensure lab processes are carried out according to lab accreditation standards.
Bioscientist leads will also be responsible for the effective identification and escalation of risks and issues. In addition, you will manage the testing and introduction of new methodologies, as well as working with Shift Supervisors, Quality Managers and Health and Safety Managers to ensure the highest lab standards.
Key responsibilities will include the undertaking and processing of biomedical specimens by handling human biological samples and using a variety of PCR methods. You will also be analysing and entering the results of your tests onto computer.
You may also be responsible for the supervision or training of less experienced lab staff in your area of competence.
To be successful in this role, you must be a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist and should not work outside of your defined field of competence. This role also requires you to be experienced in molecular biology methods.
In order to be successful, you'll need the following education, experience and skills:
- Biomedical Science degree
- Evidence of Continual Professional Development
- 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 a retention bonus), you'll receive comprehensive training on relevant lab procedures and equipment.
This night shift pattern will require you to work on the following shift pattern and will require full flexibility: 37.5 hours over 3 days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
We do also offer alternative shift options available, as follows:
- Daytime (please note you will be required to work one weekend day per week on this shift)
- Part-time nights
To learn more, please speak to our team.
You will also be joining a diverse and hugely welcoming team. Diversity at NHS Test and Trace 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 literally a once in a lifetime opportunity to join a team of highly skilled individuals, all focussed on delivering the best possible outcome.
Please be aware that BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standard) including a media check, is the required level of screening for all staff working at the Leamington Spa Laboratory.
If you're ready for a new challenge and want to be part of the team delivering this essential lab work, please apply today.
This job advertisement refers to an assignment with NHS Test and Trace. The 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 within the Impellam Group and not directly employed by NHS Test and Trace. Employing Agencies belonging to the Impellam Group include SRG, Medacs, Lorien and Blue Arrow. Contractual employment terms and conditions will be set out by the Employing Agency.