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Clinical Scientist - Bioinformatician

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
5 May 2024

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We are looking to recruit 1 x Band 7 HCPC-registered (or soon to be registered) Clinical Scientist - Bioinformatician to work within the North East and Yorkshire Genomic Laboratory Hub (NE& Y GLH) bioinformatics team.

A breakdown of the position available is given below:
  • 1 x permanent post based at Sheffield (Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust)

Applications from final year Scientist Training Programme (STP) trainees in Clinical Bioinformatics and registered Healthcare/Clinical Scientists from other relevant disciplines are welcomed.

For those candidates who are not yet registered, they will be expected to work towards HCPC registration and would be appointed on a salary band appropriate for their experience.

Main duties of the job

The role responsibilities include:
  • To provide highly specialised bioinformatics expertise to support the diagnostic platforms being used within NE& Y GLH. This will include implementation of methods of data handling, analysis and interpretation of data that will ultimately have a direct impact on patient care.
  • To work within the NE& Y GLH virtual team based across the different NE& Y GLH sites to plan activities and develop the bioinformatics capability of NE& Y GLH.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post(s) provide the opportunity to join our collaborative team at the forefront of transforming and shaping genomics services for the future. If you would like to join us on our exciting journey, we would welcome your interest and application.

Please see attached Job Description and Personal Specification for more information or for a confidential discussion please contact Helena Spiewak (NE& Y GLH Lead Bioinformatician) at

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • 1st or 2nd class honours degree in Biological Science with a strong genetics component , or Bioinformatics or Computer Science
  • Masters level qualification in relevant discipline
  • Registration as a Clinical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (or sufficient appropriate evidenced experience to enable registration process).
  • Evidence of CPD (Continuous Professional Development)



  • Supervised in service experience.


  • Have worked with data from NGS.
  • Experience in Linux systems administration.
  • Experience of software development
  • Experience in high-dimensional data management and analysis

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of statistical principles and tests.
  • Knowledge of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).
  • Programming skills in a modern programming language such as PERL, Python or JAVA and the ability to work in a Unix/Linux environment and ability to recognise and advise on appropriate solutions for data analysis.
  • Information technology skills (hardware and software) relevant to large dataset manipulation e.g. archives, backups, networks and servers.

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to communicate complex ideas to non-specialists.
  • Manual dexterity and good hand eye co-ordination.
  • Self-confident but also able to work well as part of a team.

Demonstrates Trust Values


  • We Care - Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Children's Hospital

Western Bank


S10 2TH

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