Laboratory Scientific Advisor

Location London
Discipline: Lab Management
Salary: ££40000 - £50000 per annum
Contact name: Nathan Mccarron

Job ref: DOH002_1617270107
Published: 17 days ago
Startdate: ASAP

Temporary/ Contract

We're currently seeking Laboratory Scientific Advisors to support 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 positioning your Scientific career for further success and growth.

Your responsibilities:

Day to day activities in your role as a Laboratory Scientific Advisor will include:

  • Supporting reviews technical documentation and evidence provided by COVID-19 testing laboratories, working with a Senior Laboratory Scientific Advisor
  • Providing scientific advice to laboratories to ensure high quality delivery of COVID-19 laboratory services
  • Requires scientific expertise and laboratory experience (ideally experience of working in laboratory setting) to be able to assess the evidence provided by laboratories against the following criteria:
  • Operational management for example ISO accreditation (ISO 15189 / ISO 17205), laboratory quality management, regulation, business continuity
  • Internal quality controls, validation report and EQA
  • Pre-analytical including sample transport, tracking, receipt and processing
  • Analytical elements including the containment level, protocols and SOPs
  • Post-analytical elements including data generation and QC, reporting and turnaround times
  • Review any change request / revalidation documents from COVID-19 testing laboratories
  • Support ongoing quality assurance of COVID-19 testing laboratories

Your experience:

In order to be successful in the role of Laboratory Scientific Advisor you'll need the following education, experience and skills:


  • Educated to master's level or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in specialist area.


  • Knowledge and experience in researching, assessing technologies and scientific reports
  • Awareness of the current limits of health-related scientific knowledge and experience of horizon scanning and 'blue skies' thinking
  • Understanding of the issues underlying the scientific/ service workforce across Healthcare Science disciplines
  • Awareness of the working relationship between the NHS, Department of health and professional bodies
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Demonstrated expertise in a Healthcare environment
  • Significant management experience in the NHS or other public healthcare related industry
  • Significant experience and understanding of proven implementation of project management methodologies
  • Member of a relevant professional body.
  • Experience of successfully operating in and delivering priorities in a partnership environment
  • Experience of working with Research & Development in NHS or business environment


  • Experience of motivating and inspiring staff to work together to achieve a common objective
  • Demonstrated capabilities to manage own workload and make informed decisions in the absence of required information, working to tight and often changing timescales
  • Demonstrated capability to plan over short, medium and long-term timeframes and adjust plans and resource requirements accordingly
  • Ability to analyse numerical and written data, assess options and draw appropriate initiatives
  • Dynamic personality and the ability to build trusted stakeholder relationships and wide support networks in a political context
  • Ability to prepare and produce concise yet insightful communications for dissemination to stakeholders as required
  • Advanced skills in communicating information including diplomacy, tact, training, empathy, reassurance, persuasion, motivation, negotiation skills in communicating complex, sensitive and contentious matters

In return:

You will 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 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.