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Senior Genetic Technologist / Technical Team Lead FISH

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within our busy Genomics Laboratory for a well-organised and experienced individual to lead and manage the FISH and Pyrosequencing team within our wet laboratory.

We are looking for a Technical Team Lead who can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of genomic testing in rare disease, Haemato-oncological and solid tumour cancer diagnosis.

The knowledge and technical skills required are:

o Direct sample, cultured cell and FFPE tissue preparation for FISH testingo The principles of FISH and methylation testingo The importance of quality preparations to aid in analysis.o Service improvement and quality management in a UKAS Accredited laboratory is highly desirable.

Strong leadership and communication skills are essential to managing the workload of the section and liaising with clinical scientists, other technical leads and support staff.

The Laboratory is part of the East NHS Genomic Laboratory Hub (EGLH). 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.

Main duties of the job

  • Act as the accountable Lead for the FISH technical section of the GLH Laboratory including managing the staff, equipment and processes within it.
  • Manages and coordinates the day to day activities associated within a specific technical section.
  • Leads on service improvement and staff development necessary to address the changing needs of the GLH.
  • Computer manipulation and analysis of data for diagnostic tests.
  • Maintain or work towards attaining AHCS or HCPC registration.

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

Technical Team Lead duties will include supervision and mentoring of trainee staff. You will be an important part of the management team for technical staff and resources.

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 3rd June 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 18th 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

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.



  • Willingness to undertake cross training to extend skill set to deliver role
  • Ability to effectively train others
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills at all levels
  • Interpretation and analytical skills
  • Demonstrable mentoring skills
  • Able to prioritise own workload and that of others to meet needs of the service
  • Ability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time
  • Attention to detail
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills - can work as part of a team or independently


  • Manual dexterity, ability to work in the laboratory for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to challenge inappropriate behaviour in a safe and kind way
  • Change management



  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Leadership
  • Strives for excellence
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to the needs of the service
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines where there are competing demands
  • Puts the patient first in everything that is undertaken
  • Awareness of self and impact on others


  • Audit process
  • Root cause analysis
  • Incident investigation



  • Highly specialist knowledge and experience of 1. FISH and 2. Pyro or molecular 3. other work procedures and practices underpinned by theory and practice relevant to the post
  • Experience of managing or supervising a team
  • Experience of Genomic IT systems and software
  • Practical experience of QMS


  • Previous relevant experience of working in the NHS
  • Project management
  • Recruitment and selection procedures
  • Staff appraisal and development
  • Experience of performing Risk Assessments



  • Biological Science Degree (BSc) or equivalent
  • Professional registration with either the AHCS or HCPC, or nearing completion


  • Management Qualification
  • Postgraduate qualification

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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