An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Biomedical Scientist in the Respiratory Virus Unit (RVU) within the Virus Reference Department (VRD) at MS Colindale. RVU houses the WHO National Influenza Centre (NIC) for the UK and is the national reference lab for a range of respiratory virus pathogens including SARS. The main focus of the laboratorys work is to provide specialist reference services for influenza and other respiratory virus pathogens through surveillance programmes and outbreak investigations in the UK and internationally.
This post is to appoint a Molecular Team Leader within the Respiratory Virus Unit (RVU), who will be responsible for the timely and effective organisation, development, and delivery of RVU molecular testing services. These services underpin the national surveillance programme and reference activities for influenza and other respiratory virus pathogens. The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of quality-assured, high-throughput molecular testing of clinical respiratory samples and deal with telephone enquires concerning test results. The RVU molecular team leader will be required to liaise closely with other RVU teams to provide collated data for weekly HPA influenza surveillance reports.
We are seeking a state registered Biomedical Scientist with substantial relevant molecular experience (e.g. real-time PCR) and a track record of successful time management, including managing a small team. The successful applicant will show evidence of a good understanding of Quality Systems, laboratory information handling systems, proven ability to work well with a wide variety of people and have good interpersonal skills. Good oral and written communication, negotiation skills and a proven aptitude to work flexibly is essential. Experience of working within a reference laboratory would be an advantage.
The Health Protection Agency exists to help protect the health of everyone in the United Kingdom; our ambition is to lead the way by identifying, preparing for and responding to health threats and setting standards for health protection. The Agency was established as a special health authority in 2003. On 1 April 2005, the Agency was established as a non-departmental public body with radiation protection as part of health protection incorporated in its remit.
For further details about this job please contact Dr Alison Bermingham on 0208 327 7429 or Dr Joanna Ellis on 0208 327 6239.
From 1 April 2013 the Health Protection Agency will transfer its statutory functions to Public Health England (PHE). PHE will apply the Civil Service Nationality Rules, details of which can be found on the CS website http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/resources/nationality-rules.
From 1 April 2013 the Health Protection Agency will transfer its statutory functions to Public Health England (PHE). PHE will apply the Civil Service Nationality Rules, details of which can be found on the CS website http://www.civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/about/resources/nationality-rules.
If you commence employment before 1 April 2013 your terms and conditions will be subject to the NHS Staff Council Agenda for Change arrangements and you will be eligible to join the NHS Pension Scheme.
If you commence employment after 1 April 2013 your terms and conditions will be subject to Civil Service arrangements and you will be eligible to join the CS Pension Scheme
Shortlisting details and interview arrangements will be communicated via email therefore please ensure you check your Emails/NHS jobs accounts regularly following the closing date.
IMPORTANT : - The HPA is required to check employment history covering three consecutive years. Please therefore supply referees (with email addresses) to cover this period. Additional documentation such as P60s may be required as evidence. You MUST give details of at least three different referees, even if you were employed in one company for three years or more.
HPA undertake checks for unspent convictions through Disclosure Scotland. Therefore, all offers will be subject to additional checks and clearance.
Please note that the HPA is not currently part of the NHS Guarantee Interview Scheme (GIS). The Health Protection Agency is an equal opportunities employer.
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