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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/04/2020.

Biomedical Scientist / Biomedical Scientist Specialist

Job Reference: 918-HX5332

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Stem Cells
Barnsley (initially Sheffield or Leeds Blood Centre)
B5 £24,214 - £30,112 pa / B6 £30,401 - £37,267 pa

The work performed by the Cellular & Molecular Therapy (CMT) Laboratories in NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), is central to the provision and improvement of life saving stem cell transplants. Our laboratories support over half of all haemopoietic stem cell transplants performed in England each year through a network of GMP grade laboratories in 7 specialist facilities across the country. Working with academic partners in Centres of Excellence, we aim to be at the forefront of clinical improvements related to these transplants and to use our expertise in GMP, quality and regulatory matters to promote other areas of research. NHS Blood and Transplant also supplies blood and blood components, and manages 5,500 organ and corneal transplants every year.


The department provides specialist services to hospitals covering a large geographical area. We work with peripheral blood derived stem cells, umbilical cord blood and bone marrow cells, collected for patients undergoing stem cell transplantation. We have close partnerships with various transplant programmes and other groups undertaking clinical trials, ground breaking research and service development. The successful applicant will be highly motivated, ‘team focussed’ and with good time management skills. The work will involve routine service provision, specialist cell processing, and other development activities. We would expect the successful candidate to be flexible and willing to adapt to change. Experience of working in a cell therapy laboratory, and familiarity with stem cell processing and/or flow cytometry techniques would be an advantage.


We currently operate from 2 sites in Leeds and Sheffield, but are building a new facility near Barnsley (Unit D, Capitol Way, Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3FG). The successful candidate will therefore work initially in Leeds or Sheffield until the Summer of 2020, before moving to the new site in Barnsley. Initially, working hours while undergoing training will be 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (37.5 hours per week). The successful candidates working hours in Barnsley will change to 11.30am to 7.30pm, (times to be discussed at interview). The successful candidate will also be required to participate in the departments on call rota, following appropriate training.


You should be a HCPC registered Biomedical or Clinical Scientist with relevant post- registration experience and ideally a specialist qualification in the field of transplantation science. Biomedical Scientists wishing to develop specialist skills in Cellular and Molecular Therapies will be considered for the posts, paid as a BMS on an NHS Band 5 scale whilst achieving the necessary experience and qualifications.


In return you’ll benefit from an excellent pension and the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment, using modern equipment and practices, where you can develop your specialist skills and scientific education.


For further information and/or informal discussion, please contact Dr Mbithe Mutunga at


This vacancy will close at 23:59 on Sunday 26th April 2020.


Put your lab skills to the test and use specialist techniques to support organ transplantations and blood transfusions. It’s challenging work that saves lives.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued. Personal development is also considered a priority and is supported through extensive training and development opportunities open to all employees.

We’re an inclusive organisation that reflects the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

Three small words, one big difference - Caring, Expert and Quality.

Together we'll save and improve more lives than ever

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