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Research Support Biomedical Scientist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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The Cellular Pathology Department at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) invites applications for the post of Biomedical Scientist to join their forward thinking team within a continually developing department. This post carries split responsibility for supporting both the diagnostic and research laboratory services and thereby may be of particular interest to individuals specifically wishing to be involved in service development and university research projects.


UHS is one of the largest hospitals in the country. It is a national centre for both teaching and research and also a regional centre for Neurological, Cardiac, Paediatric and Cancer Specialities.

Cellular Pathology includes Histopathology, Neuropathology, Paediatric Pathology, Immunohistochemistry and also incorporates the departments of Diagnostic Cytology, Biomedical Imaging, Electron Microscopy and Mortuary services to the hospital, City Council and local Coroners.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What youll do

You will be required to assist and be involved with the processing all types of specimens presented to the Cellular pathology Department for analysis, thereby supporting the provision of accurate and timely diagnosis and the production of appropriate analytical data. You will be required to be skilled in the latest techniques and equipment in conjunction with traditional methods of investigation to meet the requirements of the role. You will rotate between the Research Histology service and Diagnostic service and provide support to both services as required.

What were looking for You will need to be registered with the HCPC as a Biomedical Scientist. You will need to be an excellent communicator and be able to work effectively as part of a large team. You will need to have an excellent attention to detail and possess good manual dexterity. You will need to be able to prioritise workload and adjust to accommodate unexpected events and/or changes in demand.

This post is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic, suitably qualified and experienced individual to contribute to a rapidly developing service. The post also presents opportunity for personal development and continuing professional development (CPD) is also actively supported. The laboratory is IBMS approved for training and education and is UKAS ISO15189 accredited.

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications / training required


  • Be educated to degree level with an IBMS accredited degree or an appropriate equivalent BSc
  • Registered Biomedical Scientist with the Health Care Professions Council


  • Have evidence of internal laboratory training courses and competence.
  • Have knowledge and experience of using hospital IT systems.

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Previous employment in a busy cellular pathology department or large teaching hospital for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Minimum of 12 months experience of employment in an establishment delivering high standards of quality output.


  • Competent user of PC software.

Aptitudes and skills required


  • Be confidently literate and numerate
  • Be able to understand and work to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • PC literate


  • Keyboard skills and basic computer and IT skills

Special requirements of the post


  • Be able to handle all types of samples presented to the department for analysis some of which may be potentially infectious.
  • Be able to deal with potentially unpleasant samples and situations within the department environment, e.g. within the Mortuary.
  • Impeccable attendance record.
  • Willing to participate in the Cellular Pathology flexible working requirements
  • Significant knowledge and technical expertise in at least one area of Cellular Pathology.
  • Knowledge of Medical Laboratory Health

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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