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Specialist Biomedical Scientist

Band 6

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Biomedical Scientist
Band 6
37.5 hours per week
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Saint Mary's Hospital
£23,023 - £36,644 per annum
30/09/2018 23:59

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Willink Biochemical Genetics Laboratory as a Band 5 Biomedical Scientist or Band 6 Specialist Biomedical Scientist depending on candidate’s experience.  This is a permanent position in the Newborn Screening and Metabolites Section in this laboratory, providing a biochemical diagnostic service for patients with rare inherited metabolic diseases.   The laboratory specialises in the study of the biochemical defects of metabolic pathways using a number of complex analytical techniques.  These include tandem mass spectrometry, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, high pressure liquid chromatography, thin-layer chromatography for metabolic profiling, and measurement of specific enzyme activities using fluorimetry or scintillation.  The Willink Biochemical Genetics Laboratory is a major part of the Genomic Diagnostic Laboratory where genetic confirmation of the inherited metabolic diseases could also be provided.

There is growing interest in study of inherited metabolic diseases over 700 disorders have been characterised and new disorders have continued to be described.  The Willink Biochemical Genetics Laboratory is one of the very few laboratories in the UK offering this highly specialised metabolic service.  The laboratory has a national and international reputation, serving not only Manchester and the North West region but also receives referrals from all over the UK and overseas.  We are also one of the largest Newborn Screening Centres, the Willink laboratory provides neonatal bloodspot screening for 6 metabolic conditions in 60,000 babies each year. 

Candidates should have experience in HPLC, GCMS and LCMS, and evidence for performing manual, complex analytical work in clinical, research or industrial laboratories with an understanding of quality management processes.  Specialist knowledge and skills in inherited metabolic diseases are not required, training will be provided.   Typical tasks for this role include processing of patient samples, reagent preparation, performing complex biochemical assays, maintenance of equipment including some administrative duties

Interested applicants should have good communication skills, able to work well in a team, remain calm under pressure and be able to prioritise their workload.  Good IT skills and experience of using a number of different software packages are also required. Knowledge and experience of using Apex LIMS in a laboratory or equivalent system, Q-Pulse, Unity and middleware would also be advantageous.  The successful candidate with HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist will be appointed to Band 6.  Without HCPC registration the candidate will be appointed to Band 5 and supported to complete the IBMS registration portfolio. 

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