Biobank Assistant Technician

London (Greater) (GB)
£22,209 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Jun 11, 2021
End of advertisement period
Jun 27, 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description
The Assistant Technician is a member of the KHP Cancer Biobank within the School of Cancer and Pharmaceutical Sciences professional services team. The post holder will work with technical colleagues to ensure technical support for the School is professional, well-executed and timely – complying with university policies, funder’s terms and conditions, and adopting best practice.  
KHP Cancer Biobank collects a range of biological samples from patients attending Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust who have or may have a cancer diagnosis. These samples and accompanying clinical information have been used in many projects.  
The post holder will be required to transport biological samples and associated documents within Guy’s Campus to support the activities of KHP Cancer Biobank. This will involve collecting specimens from operating theatres, clinics and phlebotomy rooms and transporting them to different locations in a timely manner. It will also include collecting, scanning and filing consent forms. The role requires the post holder to react promptly to requests to collect samples whilst working within a tightly regulated environment. The role requires some physical effort, which may be over a prolonged period. 
Alongside the main transport role, the post holder will also provide ancillary support to the Biobank including stock control, equipment maintenance, filing samples and other administrative duties.  
Full training will be provided and the post holder will be able to participate in continuing professional development. The post holder will have good communication skills and be able to work under pressure. 
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 collect specific biological specimens from operating theatres, clinics and specimen receptions and transfer to the KHP Cancer Biobank.  
  • To undertake all collections in a timely manner. 
  • To comply with policies related to specimen transfer and attendance in clinical areas. 
  • To comply with regulations relating to data protection and handling of specimens. 
  • To collect, check, upload and file biobank consent forms. 
  • To prepare the dissection room for specimen receipt 
  •  To clean and carry out regular maintenance of equipment 
  • Monitor consumable stock levels 
  • File slides and vials. 
  • Assist with audit activities. 

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 of a good standard of education evidenced by up to five GCSEs (grade C or grade 4 and above) or equivalent 
  2. Competent computer skills including Microsoft Office packages. 
  3. Good communication skills – orally and in writing, and good interpersonal skills. 
  4. Flexible team-worker, being proactive and responsive to colleagues 
  5. Good levels of concentration, precision and accuracy. 
  6. Able to walk with a sample collection bag to all collection/delivery areas multiple times each day. 
  7. Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias 

Desirable criteria 

  1. Basic health and safety awareness. 
  2. Good numeracy skills, including basic arithmetical skills 
  3. Experience of working in the NHS 
  4. An interest in science and technology 
  5. Able and willing to provide support beyond core hours, as required 

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

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