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Senior Clinical Scientist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

The Wessex Genomics Laboratory Service (WGLS) are seeking a full time, permanent registered Clinical Scientist working in cancer genomics to join our scientific team. STP/route 2 trainees close to completion of relevant training will be considered.

The WGLS is a new integrated genomics testing service managed by University Hospital Southampton and formed from the amalgamation of Wessex Regional Genetics Laboratory, now WGLS (Salisbury), and Molecular pathology, now WGLS (Southampton) The WGLS is a Local Genomics Laboratory (LGL) of the Central & South Genomic Laboratory Hub with a broad repertoire of cancer genomics testing across the two Wessex sites. We have Clinical Scientist roles available at both our Southampton and Salisbury sites, and we will work with the candidates to assign the best base site for you. which. There will be opportunity for your professional development in haem-onc and solid tumour. There may be availability for cross site training and working, including the possibility of remote working.

You will join our innovative Oncology Genomics team who are committed to patient-centred service provision through accurate and timely data analysis, interpretation and reporting of genetic/genomic information. The service provides a comprehensive range of cytogenetic and molecular investigations range of molecular investigations and complex interpretation for haematological disease, MRD, solid tumours, pharmacogenomics and disease associations.

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

Successful candidates would be involved in the reporting of a host of different techniques including karyotyping, FISH, SNP array and a range of molecular genetic testing including ddPCR, RT PCR, fragment analysis, Next Generation Sequencing panels and whole genome sequencing (WGS). The laboratory supports the training of STPs in genomics, cancer genomics and bioinformatics as well as HSST in Molecular Pathology of Acquired Disease and the training of rotating STPs in other closely related disciplines.

You will be responsible for accurate and timely data analysis, interpretation and reporting of genetic/genomic information following karyotyping, FISH, SNP array and a range of molecular genetic testing, including targeted Next Generation Sequencing panel testing and whole genome sequencing (WGS). You will also support developments in personalised medicine including the transfer of assays to NGS platforms, complex interpretation, active engagement in MDTs and opportunities for research developments.

You will be highly involved in contributing to the training and education of all grades of staff within the section and in liaising with other healthcare professionals to develop and maximise the effectiveness of the service and act as a mentor for STP trainees within the department. Equally, you will be supported by the department in your future development, training and progression.There will be opportunity to gain experience in the other specialist sections of the department, across both sites. This will be based on your existing skills and experience and service needs.Attention to detail is essential to ensure that patient results are delivered in a safe and efficient way to direct patient management and therapeutic decisions.

What were looking for an HCPC registered clinical scientist with experience and knowledge in molecular diagnostics. a scientist with excellent knowledge of human genetics, cancer genetics and the ability to critically analyse and interpret scientific data. Experience of variant classification for somatic and/or germline findings according to published guidelines and WGS analysis is desirable, although not essential a scientist able to produce clear and concise patient reports adhering to agreed templates and sample turnaround times a scientist with excellent communication skills to ensure effective multi-disciplinary team-working and communicate complex information at an appropriate level to service users a scientist able to demonstrate an understanding of quality control / quality assurance procedures and UKAS requirements a scientist able to show evidence of continuing professional development to demonstrate specialist knowledge

Candidates currently working towards HCPC registration and close to completion of relevant training will be considered for this role. If successful, they will be paid at Band 6 and then progress to a Band 7 upon obtaining HCPC registration.

candidates will be contacted during this period for interview if sucessfully shortlisted. Those not shortlisted will be informed. This advert may close sooner than this date as and when our posts are filled.

Person Specification

Trust values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications / training required


  • Honours degree in relevant science subject.ApplicationX
  • MSc in relevant subject or equivalent level of knowledge
  • HCPC Registration as a Clinical Scientist


  • PhD in subject relevant to clinical speciality
  • Working towards FRCPath.

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Highly skilled and knowledgeable in appropriate subject
  • Leadership skills


  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of clinical (speciality) service and service provision in a range of sub-specialities.

Aptitudes and skills required


  • To have the knowledge and experience necessary to participate in the provision of a diagnostic clinical service.
  • To keep abreast of current understanding of general aspects and develop more specialist knowledge in the discipline.
  • To use this knowledge to work towards professional qualifications (FRCPath), benefiting patient care.Application and InterviewX
  • To have laboratory practical skills necessary to trouble-shoot and develop methods and carry out research projects and audits.
  • To possess basic computer skills e.g. Microsoft Office
  • To be a good communicator (oral and written) explaining complex information clearly to a range of staff groups.


  • Publication record in relevant speciality.
  • Able to give professional advise to a laboratory section and face the challenge of conflicting priorities,

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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