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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 08/04/2020.

Genetic Technologist

Job Reference: 282-SB10239

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Genomics
The Royal Marsden, Sutton, Greater London
£36,070 - £42,712 pa in hcas

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 3,900 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals – one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey – as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits and learning and development opportunities. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

The Royal Marsden has a vital role in championing change and improvement in cancer care through research and innovation, education and leading-edge practice. We are incredibly proud of our international reputation for pushing the boundaries and for our ground breaking work ensuring our patients receive the very best and latest in cancer treatment and care.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Genetic Technologist, with good interpersonal skills and a committed team member to join the Molecular Diagnostics team within the Clinical Genomics department. The department is located in the Centre for Molecular Pathology and is one of seven national Genomic Laboratory Hubs offering Cancer Genomic testing in England. It also works alongside and Cancer Research UK in their Stratified Medicine Programme. The Centre for Molecular Pathology is a state-of-the-art facility bringing together translational science and molecular diagnostics and is one of the few specialised laboratories in molecular diagnostics of cancer in Europe. The department provides a reference Molecular Diagnostics and Cytogenetics Service for solid tumours and haematological malignancies, as well as participating in clinical trials and collaborating with industry, so as to provide cutting-edge genomic technologies to support personalised cancer treatment.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Genetic Technologist to work on a national clinical study to evaluate the potential utility of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) as a prognostic indicator in cancer. The post-holder will work with senior research scientists and other colleagues to deliver “liquid biopsy” assays measuring ctDNA for the PEARL clinical trial for Breast Cancer. The work will take place in the Clinical Genomics Research Laboratory at The Centre for Molecular Pathology at The Royal Marsden NHS FT and The Institute of Cancer Research in London. The post holder will contribute to service development and analysis, including the design and implementation of genomic protocols for personalised medicine using high throughput sequence analysis. The aim is to implement high quality plasma sequencing to identify tumour biomarkers for hormone receptor positive, HER2 negative breast cancer. The work will be carried out in a clinically accredited laboratory to clinically specified turnaround times. The post holder will liaise with the breast cancer research team of Prof Nicholas Turner at ICR and with clinical trials unit staff, scientists, clinicians, oncologists and histopathologists and may contribute to other clinical trials in the translational research programme.

The post holder must be able to take responsibility for working alone and as part of a team to achieve necessary performance levels. They will contribute to IT development and data management relating to the technical aspects of the trial and therefore needs to be fully IT literate. In addition the post holder will be required to support activities such as quality, including compliance with laboratory accreditation standards, equipment maintenance and participate in the departments training programme. Good communication and team working are essential. The successful candidate will join an existing research scientist on the project and ensure the quality of service is maintained and to ensure compliance with professional standards, and to ensure clinical decisions are based on the most reliable genomic information.

The successful applicant must have a relevant BSc degree in a scientific subject relevant to genomics. An MSc in a genetics/genomics related subject is desirable but not essential.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Lisa Thompsom

Head of Clinical Genomics

The Trust is committed to developing and delivering excellent customer focused service by treating patients, their families, friends, carers and staff with professionalism respect and dignity.

Flu Vaccination – What We Expect of our Staff

At The Royal Marsden we have an immune compromised patient population who we must protect as much as we can against the flu virus. Each year, seasonal flu affects thousands of people in the UK. Occurring mainly in winter, it is an infectious respiratory disease capable of producing symptoms ranging from those similar to a common cold, through to very severe or even fatal disease.

The wellbeing of our staff and patients is of the upmost importance to us, and it is the expectation of The Royal Marsden that all patient-facing staff have an annual flu vaccination, provided free of charge by the Trust.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close any adverts before the published closing date once we have received a sufficient number of applications. We advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

As we often have many applicants for jobs at The Royal Marsden NHS Trust, we regret that we will only be able to contact those applicants who are short-listed for interview. Therefore if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, then please assume you have not been short-listed for interview on this particular occasion.

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