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Cancer Genomics Healthcare Scientist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Full Time

Job Details

We are seeking an enthusiastic Clinical Scientist, Biomedical Scientist or Research Scientist with an interest in acquired/sporadic cancer genomics.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Cancer team of our Genomics Laboratory to perform a clinically transformative project on the analyses of sarcoma cancer genomes. This is a 2 Year fixed term post, funded by Sarcoma UK, and will include analyses of sarcoma whole genomes across the national Genomic Laboratory network.

The project PI is Professor Adrienne Flanagan, based at UCL Cancer Institute, and you will work closely with Adrienne in addition to other clinicians and scientists involved in sarcoma investigations

This post is hosted at the East Genomic Laboratory Hub, one of seven Hubs established to provide the new National Genomic Medicine Service. The post will be located at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which has a stong record in cancer WGS analysis for commissioned genomes and translational research.

You will aim to elevate and define best practice in the effective analysis of sarcoma whole genomes, by standardising and evolving analysis strategies and defining insightful analysis resource.

Individuals with a research background, NHS scientists and STPs in final year are encouraged to apply and would gain valuable education and experience in the analysis of cancer genomes within a clinical environment.

You must take up the post no later than September 30th 2024

Main duties of the job

  • Analysis, interpretation and reporting of sarcoma cancer genomic test results
  • Provide advice to clinicians and colleagues within the GLH network regarding sarcoma genomics
  • Derive best practice strategies and resources to ensure sarcoma analyses are efficient and effective
  • Work closely with Professor Flanagan and other engage with other GLHs to standardise analysis and reporting of sarcoma genomes.

  • About us

    Our Trust

    Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 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

    You can read more about us at

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

    Please note:- Internal applicants on permanent contracts can only apply for this post as a secondment and must have the approval of your current line manager before applying.

    This vacancy will close at midnight on 6th May 2024

    Interview date: To be confirmed.

    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



    • First degree in an appropriate biological science or equivalent qualification
    • Completion of formal training programme in genomics, clinical molecular genetics, cytogenetics or cancer genetics OR Equivalent experience


    • Part 1 examination for Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists
    • MSc / PhD in biological science
    • Registration as a Healthcare Scientist (Clinical Scientist or Biomedical Scientist) with the Health Care Professions Council



    • Significant work experience in a Genetics laboratory
    • Analysing genomic data and reporting genomics tests


    • Research and Development relevant to genomic testing (molecular, cancer or cytogenetic)
    • Evidence of training and developing of colleagues



    • Able to organise and manage complex activities while providing leadership to a small team within the department
    • Able to maintain intense concentration on important tasks for a sustained period of time despite frequent interruptions
    • Good verbal and written communication
    • Able to work part of a team and individually, with a commitment to teaching and training
    • Able to use and manipulate lab computer system and standard software packages
    • Ability to develop new protocols
    • Good knowledge of quality assurance and problem solving


    • To have developed practical ability in techniques used for the diagnosis of human genetic disorders
    • Able to conduct Research and Development activities
    • Able to prepare and present scientific and clinical information at meetings or conferences

    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.



    • To have a thorough knowledge of human molecular genetics, cytogenetics and/or cancer genetics
    • To have a good knowledge of analytical methods and processes used for the molecular and genomic diagnosis of cancer
    • To have a basic knowledge of typical laboratory operational procedures, quality management systems and problem solving techniques


    • To have detailed knowledge of a specific disease area applicable to genomics
    • Knowledge of the processes involved in examining solid cancer samples in a clinical laboratory
    • The National Genomic Test Directory and its implementation through Genomic Laboratory Hubs

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


    Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

    Addenbrookes Treatment Centre, Hills Road


    CB2 0QQ

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