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Lead Scientist for Biochemical Genetics

Job Reference: 349-SMH-019-19

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Biochemical Genetics
£70.206 - £85,333 per annum

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 20,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of nine hospitals across six separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services.

We are the main provider of hospital care to approximately 750,000 people in Manchester and Trafford and the single biggest provider of specialised services in the North West of England. We are also the lead provider for a significant number of specialised services including Breast Care, Vascular, Cardiac, Respiratory, Urology Cancer, Paediatrics, Women’s Services, Ophthalmology and Genomic Medicine.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that:

  • Excels in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching
  • Attracts, develops and retains great people
  • Is recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider

Willink Biochemical Genetics Laboratory


The Willink Biochemical Genetics Laboratory, Manchester, is seeking to recruit a Lead Scientist for Biochemical Genetics following the retirement of the current Director, Dr Mick Henderson.


The Willink laboratory is one of the biggest of its kind in the UK and has a well-deserved international reputation. It provides the full range of Biochemical Genetic tests for the screening, diagnosis and monitoring of rare inherited metabolic diseases in support of a busy clinical service. There is a highly specialised service for the detection of lysosomal storage disorders. It also is responsible for the metabolic neonatal screening tests for the 65,000 babies born each year in the North West of England. To view the full range of assays undertaken by the Willink take a look at the laboratory handbook.


The laboratory enjoys very close collaborative working with the specialist metabolic clinical staff who share office space with the senior laboratory staff. The proximity of working is hugely rewarding and ensures that the laboratory service is motivated to achieve the highest possible standards. The laboratory is well supported by the Manchester Trust and is very well equipped. It has recently taken receipt of three new tandem mass spectrometers. It has full UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189. It is part of the Genetic Diagnostic Laboratory group within the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester. There is significant interaction between the GDL laboratories which adds tremendous power to the diagnostic and research potential in the field of inherited metabolic disorders. Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine was recently successful in its application to be one of the seven English Genetic hub laboratories. As part of that bid it was awarded the contract for inherited metabolic disorders.


Manchester is a vibrant modern city with excellent communications to other cities in the North of England and beyond. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is within easy travelling distance of The Lake District.


This NHS post will be AfC band 8d and is advertised as 0.8WTE. If you are looking for a Full Time post, please still apply.

For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information about the Department and this job please contact Dr Lorraine Gaunt, Head of Genetic Diagnostic Laboratories or Dr Mick Henderson, 0161 7012137 the current Willink Laboratory Director.

We may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction in the first 3 months following start in post. The amount of £29.50(standard disclosure) or £47.50 (enhanced disclosure) If you wish to withdraw once a DBS application has commenced you will be still liable for payment.

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post.

Please be aware that all roles at MFT(except Medical and Dental posts) are subject to a probationary period.

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to participate in our recruitment process please contact a member of the Recruitment Services by phone on 0161 276 6198

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third-party recruitment system - TRAC systems. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post, you are agreeing to MFT transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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