We are seeking 3 experienced Biomedical Scientists, to join our Porton Laboratory team to support specific to COVID-19 genomic sequencing: RNA extraction of positive COVID-19 samples, sample processing for sequencing, plus other genomic work duties as appropriate.
One post is for a Healthcare Scientist HEO for which State registration is desirable but not essential.
Two posts are for HCPC state registered Biomedical Scientists.
Ideally, candidates should already be state registered with the HCPC however candidates working towards HCPC state registration i.e. within 6 months of completion of training and assessment, will be considered for the BMS posts and if successful will be appointed as a Healthcare Scientist pending successful state registration when their job title may be changed to the protected BMS title.
It is essential that candidates have experience in running NGS platforms and sequencing services without supervision and knowledge of automated liquid handling.
UKHSA Porton plays an important role in preparing for and coordinating responses to potential healthcare emergencies, including possible acts of deliberate release. The site is certified to ISO 9001: 2015 and a number of laboratories are accredited to UKAS ISO 15189: 2012. UKHSA Porton also hold approval to provide IBMS registration and Virology specialist portfolios to provide a diagnostic service to the UK.
Main duties of the job
To work as part of the Porton Lab Covid-19 team, to ensure the clinical service is provided efficiently and to the highest standard.This job will include routine laboratory work, laboratory housekeeping and maintenance, recording and reporting of results and ensuring the work is carried out to high scientific, safety and quality standard. The post holder will perform a range of diagnostic tests primarily focused on high throughput Covid-19 sequencing but which could include ELISA, IFA and real time molecular assays.
We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice, where Everyone Matters promoting equality of opportunity to actively encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce.
UKHSA ethos is to be an inclusive organisation for all our staff and stakeholders. To create, nurture and sustain an inclusive culture, where differences drive innovative solutions to meet the needs of our workforce and wider communities. We do this through celebrating and protecting differences by removing barriers and promoting equity and equality of opportunity for all.
01 March 2023
£28,588 to £35,612 a year pa pro rata This role attracts a MPS to bring minimum to £32,306
Full-time, Flexible working
UKHSA, Porton Down Salisbury
Specific duties of the role may vary depending upon the site and teams/functions. Please refer to the Job description for each role and the full scope of the duties and responsibilities.
The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include:
- To undertake a range of sequencing, diagnostic assays and techniques as required, meeting the needs of UKHSA Porton service provision.
- To provide technical advice and results to all users, as required.
- To use interpretive skills and follow SOPs to determine the pathogen and clinical significance of laboratory results
- To perform targeted Next Generation Sequencing methods such as Artic protocol
- To manipulate data as required by the bioinformatic pipeline
- Produce and maintain reagents to support current testing strategies and for the development of new assays.
- Assist in the identification, evaluation and adaptation of new technologies and diagnostic tests to enhance the laboratories capabilities and to ensure the project area works to a high scientific standard.
- Supply data to agreed timescales required by service level agreement.
- To conform to the working standards outlined by UKAS ISO 15189 and ISO 9001: 2015
- Support UKHSA administrative staff
The job description and person specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of the division and UKHSA.
It should be noted that the work of the division is of a confidential nature and must not be communicated to other persons except where required for authorised purposes.
- Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants)
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours/Ability/ Experience/Technical skills.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a Personal Statement / Statement of Suitability (in no more than 1250 words)
This should outline how you consider your skills, experience and achievements, and provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria outlined.You will also be asked to provide information within the Employer/ Activity history section of the application form. This is equivalent to the information you would provide on a CV, setting out your career history (this will be used in the shortlisting process and will be scored).
STAGE 1 – APPLICATION & SIFT:
You will be required to complete an application form. This will be assessed in line with the advertised criteria. If you are successful at this stage, you will progress to an interview.
STAGE 2 INTERVIEW All candidates who are successful at the sift stage will progress to interview OR assessment.
All applicants that progress to an interview will be assessed on a blended interview against a mixture of Behaviours and technical elements of Success Profiles.
The Behaviours tested during the interview stage will be
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Developing Self and Others
- Delivery at Pace
Technical skills will be assessed against the knowledge and experience criteria set out in the Job Description.
Educated to a degree level in a relevant subject or the equivalent level of experience of working at a similar level in a specialist area e.g., molecular biology, sequencing. Must hold appropriate HCPC State Registration as a Biomedical Scientist or be actively working towards
Essential Professional Registrations : Relevant professional qualification i.e. registration with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) Biomedical Scientist
Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).
Grade and Salary
New entrants to the Civil Service are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band.
The internal roles rules apply to existing Civil Servants, i.e. level transfers move on current salary or the pay range minimum, transfers on promotion move to new pay range minimum or receive 10% increase.
Either case is determined by whichever is the highest.
For further details please refer to the Information Sheet- Starting Salaries & Benefits attachment.
Security Clearance Level Requirement:
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is Basic Personnel Security Standard.
UKHSA offers hybrid working for its employees this means that whilst the role will be based in one of our UKHSA offices, there will be opportunities for an element of working from home. The balance between home and workplace working is to be agreed with the line manager, determined primarily by business need and in line with departmental policy. Some business travel will be required to other UKHSA offices. Business travel between base location and any other UKHSA offices will be covered under the UKHSA Travel and Expenses policy. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. Relocation expenses are not available.
Late applications will not be considered.
- CV/Application Form
- Statement Of Suitability/ Supporting Statement
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
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