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Biosample Practitioner

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Are you interested in working in a clinical environment and supporting research at Cambridge Biomedical Campus? An unusual and exciting opportunity has arisen for working in the clinical laboratory supporting research under the supervision of Laboratory Research Services.

The full-time post is funded till 31st March 2025. As a member of Laboratory Research services, you will be required to work in various departments in Pathology. Part of the role includes maintaining equipment and training other members of staff including research teams. Ideal if you also enjoy keeping very good records, writing standard operating procedures and policies andmanaging staff competency. Must be able to work to high standards and be able to follow and work using research study manuals. High level of organizational, communication and planning skills are essential. Previous experience in managing sample storage and databases for research is highly desirable for this post.

Main duties of the job

To lead and coordinate the sample related aspects of study set-up, process SOPs, processing, storage, and shipment of blood and other biological samples for research studies ensuring that protocol requirements are followed.

Liaise with couriers, external agencies, and research teams alongside LRS and laboratory senior staff regarding all aspects of sample collection, storage, and shipment for trials.

Under the direction of the LRS Lead, supervise or contribute to the following: 1) oversight of the sample handling and all equipment therein. 2) Write SOPs relating to the processing, collection and storage of samples, 3) management of sample collection and sample storage facilities and maintenance of logs. 4) Management of sample information systems

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 4th March 2024

Interviews are due to be held week commencing 25th March 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Science degree or equivalent qualification
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • Postgraduate qualification in a biological science.



  • Laboratory work involving human blood samples.
  • Record of developing and implementing quality management systems and processes.
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Liaison with external agencies to plan and/or negotiate workload
  • Experience of maintaining information management systems


  • Previous NHS employment,
  • Previous laboratory work
  • Experience in clinical trials
  • Experience of working to Standard Operating Procedures
  • Project management
  • Experience of working in a patient facing role.
  • Involvement in the development of information management systems



  • Safe use and maintenance of laboratory equipment e.g. centrifuges, automatic pipettes and -80C freezers
  • Use of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel & Powerpoint
  • Awareness of Data Protection Act and Data Confidentiality
  • Able to contribute to assessing and suggesting changes to laboratory operating procedures


  • Knowledge of UK Human Tissue biobanking legislation and guidelines
  • Use of Microsoft Access
  • Awareness of the requirements of Good Clinical Practice and Good Laboratory Practice
  • Expertise in use of Excel



  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Well organised with ability to multi-task and able to plan and prioritise own workload
  • Accuracy in practical laboratory operations, numeracy and adherence to Standard Operating Procedures
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Ability to demonstrate a flexible approach to respond to the needs of the service
  • Willingness to undertake further training to extend skill set
  • Ability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time
  • Well-developed physical skills, especially in the manipulation of pipettes and other laboratory equipment.
  • Demonstrable ability to be adept and precise when handling samples.
  • Able to organise and train less qualified or less experienced staff


  • Prior knowledge of EPIC

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.
  • Able to attend patient biopsy procedures
  • Commitment to high quality care, putting the patient first in everything that we do, integrating clinical research with service provision
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines where there are competing demands

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division RD

Hills Road



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