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Genetic Technologist / Biomedical Scientist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Biomedical scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our busy Genomics Laboratory as a Genetic Technologist or Biomedical Scientist*.

The Cambridge Genomic Laboratory (East GLH) is looking to recruit several Band 5 Technical staff within our wet laboratory to perform specialist genomic processes. Laboratory technical experience and training others is an essential requirement for this highly skilled role.

Experience in a laboratory performing diagnostic molecular tests is highly desirable as the vacancies are within teams performing the following techniques:
  • Manual and automated DNA / RNA extractions from a variety of biological samples for both the Rare Disease, Haemato-oncology and Cancer services.
  • Assays such as targeted sequencing and disease monitoring tests for the Haem-Onc and Cancer service
  • Microarray testing for Rare Disease and Haem-Onc.
  • Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for Rare Disease, Haem-Onc & Cancer.

The Laboratory is part of the East NHS Genomic Laboratory Hub. This is one of seven Genomic Hubs established to provide the National Genomic Medicine Service for NHS England, led by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and working with Nottingham University Hospital and University Hospital Leicester.

*HCPC regististration protected title. HCPC registered Biomedical Scientists are encouraged to apply.

Main duties of the job

1. Perform a broad spectrum of diagnostic tests.

2. Supervision and training of other technologists and unqualified staff.

3. Work towards or maintain registration with the AHCS or HCPC.

4. Computer manipulation and analysis of data for diagnostic tests.

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

Hours are currently within our current opening hours of 8am to 6pm, however the laboratory may soon be open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and at weekends, so flexibility is desirable.

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 27th May 2024

Interviews are due to be held week commencing 17th June 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



  • IBMS Accredited Biomedical Science degree or BSc degree in an appropriate Biological Science or equivalent.
  • For Biomedical Scientist: oIBMS Certificate of Competence oHCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist


  • Training in an accredited medical genetics laboratory
  • Registration with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS).



  • Able to concentrate for prolonged periods and able to work under pressure
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • Team working
  • Computer literate - MS Office
  • Good verbal and written communication


  • Communicating with external suppliers



  • Knowledge of relevant health and safety issues
  • Knowledge of quality assurance/quality control and quality management systems
  • Good understanding of patient confidentiality and ethical issues


  • Knowledge and understanding of a clinical diagnostic service



  • Practical experience of working within Biomedical science laboratory
  • Commonly used genomic testing methods e.g. PCR, DNA extraction, G-banding
  • Specialised medical genomic methods e.g. NGS, mutation analysis, FISH, Microarray, karyotype.
  • Training and supervising Staff


  • Analysis and interpretation of laboratory genomic data
  • Previous relevant experience of working in the NHS

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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