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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/06/2021.

Clinical Scientist

Job Reference: 358-2916021-CSI-A

University Hospitals of Leicester
Clinical Scientist in Microbiology and Virology
Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum

We are actively promoting flexible working options, helping you to manage a work / life balance”.

Following creation of an additional post, an opportunity has arisen for an HCPC-registered Clinical Scientist, to join the Clinical Microbiology team at Leicester Royal Infirmary to assist in the delivery of a quality-driven, patient-focused clinical diagnostic service. We are seeking an enthusiastic and innovative Clinical Scientist with experience in molecular diagnostics to complement our existing team of three Clinical Scientists and one Consultant Clinical Scientist.

The successful applicant will have an interesting and varied role supporting the Clinical Microbiology service by undertaking development, innovation and research projects, with an emphasis on molecular diagnostics. In particular this will involve the evaluation and validation/verification of assays in preparation for diagnostic service delivery and coordination of work undertaken in the department in support of clinical trials and research studies. The successful candidate will be expected maintain an up-to-date knowledge of key developments in clinical microbiology and diagnostics in order to drive continued improvement of the service.

The post holder will also undertake specialised analyses of clinical samples using various established and novel technologies, interpreting and reporting results of these investigations and contribute to the department’s quality and health and safety processes as appropriate.

Support will be provided for professional development, particularly in the pursuit of research funding. Training requirements for the post-holder will be reviewed at regular intervals as part of the annual appraisal process.


The Clinical Microbiology Department

The Clinical Microbiology service is a comprehensive medical microbiology and virology service, handling in excess of 700 000 microbiology and virology samples per year for a population of over 1 million people. We are active in supporting infection prevention, control & diagnostics of a wide range of infections. We have a dynamic and progressive service with experienced Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Scientists, managers and Consultants. The department has a range of diagnostic equipment, including QIAsymphony nucleic acid extractors, Rotor-Gene and Aus Diagnostics High-Plex thermocyclers, Hologic Panther, Mobidiag Aplidiag easy, Novodiag and GeneXpert Infinity NAAT instruments, serology analysers including Siemens Centaur and Diasorin Liaison, BacT Alert and MGIT culture systems, VITEK and MALDI-TOF identification systems as well as traditional bacterial and fungal culture methods.

The Clinical Microbiology service is UKAS accredited to ISO 15189:2012 and is a training centre for microbiology and virology registrars, Clinical Scientists and Biomedical Scientists. Teaching, training, audit, research and development are actively encouraged and pursued within the department. We have good links with local universities, in particular with The University of Leicester, with successful research collaborations and delivery of academic teaching sessions.

This post is currently based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, however work at other sites within University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust may be required.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Christopher Holmes - Consultant Clinical Scientist

0116 204 7961

Vacancies will close early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Applications are transferred to TRAC, by completing an application you authorise the transfer of your data. Emails regarding applications will be sent via TRAC.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria will be interviewed if indicated you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. If you require any reasonable adjustments please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible. Appointments will be made on merit.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS)

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COVID 19 Risk Assessment

Due to Covid 19 we have introduced a staff risk assessment into our pre-employment process.

This is intended to ensure you are able to safely perform your duties in any of our work areas, and if you have been identified as being vulnerable to coronavirus. Our main aim is to reduce risk and to ensure the safety of all new starters as well as current staff, patients and visitors.

If it is identified that you are within a vulnerable category, we will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate this.

Tier 2 Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-UK candidates may not be appointed if the Trust is unable to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements or there is a appointable applicant who already holds the right to work in the UK.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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