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Genomics Scientific Support Officer

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

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Healthcare scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Cambridge Genomics Laboratory at Addenbrooke's Hospital is pleased to be recruiting Scientific Support Officers (SSO) to help our busy scientific teams with the task of ensuring patient samples progress through the Laboratory efficiently and on the correct pathway.

These pivotal roles provide comprehensive support to Duty Scientists, send-away pathways, the prenatal service and the referrals to the whole genome sequencing service. The role will also include training new staff, quality and continuous process improvement in an ISO:15189-accredited medical laboratory environment. The SSO team works across the department, collaborating with scientific, administrative and specimen reception staff.

The Rare Disease Team, Solid Cancer Team and Haematology-Oncology Team are each recruiting into SSO positions. You will be assigned a team based on their application, prior knowledge and interest.

These new posts are being created to support the laboratory in delivering the National Genomic Test Directory. As the lead laboratory of the East Genomic Laboratory Hub, the Cambridge Laboratory has a critical role in the delivery of genomic services to a growing population of over 8 million people.

Main duties of the job

To provide a highly professional, comprehensive, effective and efficient scientific support service to the Duty Scientists within the Genomics Laboratory, CUH.

To ensure samples are assigned the correct testing pathway through the laboratory.

Attributes of the successful candidates will include very high levels of professionalism, discretion and attention to detail. They will be highly literate, with the ability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time and able to work flexibly within a scientific community.

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 will be motivated and enthusiastic with excellent communication and organisational skills. This is an opportunity for graduates to gain experience of genomic diagnostics in an expert environment training and support will be provided. Appointed candidates will be joining a dynamic SSO team in a growing establishment that is developing its staff in a vibrant atmosphere where you will be able to make a real difference to patients who are benefitting from the latest genomic testing technology.

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 24th June 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 9th July 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



  • Degree in biological scientific subject.


  • Undergraduate human genetics course/module.



  • Dealing with difficult situations.
  • Prioritising, planning and organising own and others' tasks.
  • Proven record of using own initiative and working autonomously, within competency.


  • Use of Epic electronic medical record system.
  • Work experience in a scientific laboratory or department (NHS, academia, industry).
  • Working with patient samples.



  • Understanding of scientific and clinical terms.
  • Knowledge of confidentiality and data protection processes and procedures.
  • Good working knowledge of office procedures and Microsoft office packages including Access


  • Knowledge of genetic tests.
  • Basic human genomics knowledge.
  • Knowledge of ISO 15189:2012 standards.



  • Ability to process scientific information.
  • Ability to manage/work as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills including telephone, email, face to face.
  • Ability to use own initiative and work autonomously, within competency.
  • Willing to take on/learn new skills.
  • Ability to show attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to adapt to change.
  • Ability to work under pressure.


  • Experience of CUH I.T. systems.
  • Experience of Q-pulse.
  • Experience of customer service.

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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