Senior Specialist Technician

London (Greater) (GB)
£32,979 - £37,297 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Friday, 11 June 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 27 June 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description
The King’s Health Partners Cancer Biobank has been supporting translational cancer research at a national level since the 1970’s and has accrued and made available a significant number of samples during that time, all of which have been acquired under documented procedures and linked to prospectively collected and verified clinical data. 
The Biobank is a core facility within the School and supports numerous KCL researcher-led programmes and projects. Alongside direct biobanking activities, the facility also provides specialist sample processing for translational research and clinical trials. 
The post holder will join a team of Advanced Practitioners and technicians who collect and distribute a variety of biological sample types from patients attending Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals with a diagnosis or possible diagnosis of cancer. The post holder will be responsible for implementing pathways to expand the Cancer Biobank to include collection of samples from patients with gastrointestinal and gynaecological cancers. Surgery for both of these cancer types is primarily undertaken at St Thomas’ Hospital and the post holder will need to closely liaise with the diagnostic histopathology service to identify and access suitable specimens.  
In addition, the post holder will need to liaise with study teams and local NHS Trust clinicians to maximise number of samples collected whilst monitoring quality. 
The ideal candidate should have previous experience of working within a biobank environment, including sample handling and processing a range of sample types with minimal supervision. They should also have experience of training and/or supervising staff or students. 
The post holder will be based in the Innovation Hub, Guy’s Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital but will frequently need to travel to St Thomas’s Hospital site to support biobanking activities. 
All tasks will be carried out to the highest quality and within the guidelines set out by current legislation.
This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 12 months 
This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • To provide recognised specialist technical expertise for a specialised technical service, where the primary focus will be on operating as technical advisors or service providers, supporting research activity. There will be a need for liaison with service users and the coordination of activities across a number of sections of a School and NHS Trust.  
  • To be responsive to changing priorities and an evolving environment/context, maximising the efficiency of the technical support being provided  
  • To forge relationships with colleagues in the School, Faculty, university and NHS Trust in order to contribute to process development and adoption of best practice   
  • To foster a stimulating, innovative and inclusive cultural environment across the School enabling students and staff to thrive and develop, ensuring that processes and policies are visible, accessible and transparent   
  • To provide advice and guidance and, where appropriate, training on University policies, processes and where required, source information and support for colleagues to facilitate their work  
  • To actively engage in Continuing Professional Development and training initiatives, in line with the Technician Commitment.  

The post holder will report to the KHP Cancer Biobank Manager. 
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 
Essential criteria 

  1. Minimum level 4 qualification (e.g. higher apprenticeship, HNC or other level 4 qualification) plus work experience in a relevant technical/scientific post OR  
  2. Considerable knowledge and skills gained through work experience in a relevant technical or scientific post. 
  3. Evidence of an active commitment to professional development such as RSci,.or working towards CSci 
  4. Have in-depth knowledge of specialist technical or scientific practices, methods and procedures applicable to work area and to share best practice. 
  5. Proven technical experience within the Biobanking field with a good understanding of technical/scientific theory underpinning this. 
  6. Strong communication skills – orally and in writing. 
  7. Full working knowledge of Health & Safety regulations relating to laboratories. 
  8. Have proven experience in handling biological specimens. 
  9. Experience of molecular pathology techniques. 
  10. Experience of teaching and/or supervision of staff or students. 
  11. Flexible team-worker, being proactive and responsive to colleagues. 

Desirable criteria 

  1. Previous histology experience. 
  2. Prior experience of quality management systems. 
  3. Previous experience of working within a NHS environment. 

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.