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Healthcare Scientist (Bioinformatics Development)

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum(Pro Rata)
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Healthcare Scientist (Bioinformatics Development)

The North-West Genomic Laboratory Hub (NW-GLH) is hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, based at St. Mary's Hospital and an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Healthcare Scientist (Bioinformatics) to join the team.

The postholder will work within the NHS rare and inherited disease NHS genomic network of excellence team in Manchester (

The focus of this NHS Network of Excellence is to help patients get a diagnosis faster reduce genomic health inequalities develop new testing approaches, increase the efficiency of analysis and increase capacity for rare condition clinical trials.

The postholder will also work closely with the teams of the Rare Conditions and Advanced Diagnostics themes of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) ( and the University of Manchester (UoM) research group of Prof Siddharth Banka (

The Manchester BRC was awarded more than �60 million (2022-27) and is driving forward pioneering research in the areas of high-burden under-researched conditions.

This is a 2 year fixed-term (full-time post).

Main duties of the job

The postholder is expected to be a postdoctoral scientist who will utilise their specialist scientist and technical expertise in bioinformatics (genomics).

The role will include:

(i) Evaluation of published developments and innovations and their transfer into clinical practice.

(ii) Project supervision including training staff, trainees, visitors and students.

(ii) Evaluation and implementation of new methods, technologies and tools.

(iv) Verification and validation of new clinical diagnostic assays to a standard which permits their diagnostic application in both rare disease and cancer genomics.


(i) Interviews may be in person or online.

(ii) Visiting the laboratory in advance of interview will not normally be possible.

(iii) The NW-GLH operates a 6 day delivery model and therefore new applicants should be aware that they will be required to work a rota pattern to support this, which will include occasional Saturday and Bank Holiday working.

(iv) MFT is currently reviewing the use of AI tools for generating content when applying for jobs. We therefore recommend that candidates do not rely on AI when applying for this post.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • BSc at a least 2(i) in an appropriate scientific subject
  • PhD in the field of genomics/bioinformatics (or equivalent)

Knowledge and Skills


  • Practical experience in relevant bioinformatics techniques and troubleshooting of software
  • Experience in research and development in a relevant field, including evidence of authorship or contribution to peer-reviewed publications
  • Knowledge of principles of clinical laboratory bioinformatics (in area of expertise)
  • Able to critically analyse and interpret scientific data
  • Able to concentrate at all times and work under pressure
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Knowledge of genomics and analysis of complex genomic data


  • Proven experience in the drafting and finalisation of complex protocol and report writing
  • Experience in bioinformatics tool validation and verification
  • Experience in writing grants / research funding applications
  • Knowledge and experience of supervision and management
  • Knowledge and experience of LIMS and other laboratory IT systems
  • Knowledge and experience of automation and robotic liquid handling

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


St Mary's Hospital, Manchester

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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