Fixed Term Contract
We're currently seeking Senior Scientist (Genetic Sequencing) 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:
As part of highly skilled, multi-disciplinary teams, the Senior Scientist is a key role in running complex laboratory processes and providing guidance and direction when performing technical assays in a Biosafety Level 2 facility according to good clinical practice, safety guidelines and relevant quality and data integrity requirements.
The Senior Scientist is responsible for the supervision of a specific section of the patient testing process, 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
What we're looking for:
This position will be ideal for new graduates (or final year students) with some experience working in a laboratory environment and a clear understanding of the health and safety protocols in a lab environment.
Degree in Biomedical Sciences
PhD or significant experience of problem solving in a lab environment
Evidence of excellent communication and team-working skills
Evidence of excellent attention to detail
Evidence of supervisory experience within the lab
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.
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.