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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/09/2021.

Clinical Scientist - Bioinformatician (XR07)

Job Reference: 298-PATH-639

298 GENEQ Mobilisation
St James University Hospital
£40,057 to £45,839 pa

Registered Clinical Scientist – Bioinformatician (Genomics)

2 x Permanent band 7 positions (based at either Leeds, Sheffield or Newcastle NE&Y GLH sites)

2 x 2-Years fix-term band 7 positions (1x GLH and 1x Leeds-sited)


37.5 hours per week, full time


In response to NHS England’s recent Strategy and Service Specification for the future of Genomics services in England, Newcastle Teaching Hospitals, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Children’s Trust and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have formed the North East and Yorkshire Genomics Laboratory Hub; an exciting collaboration to provide services for Genomics across Yorkshire and Humber and the North. The combined size of our geography makes this the largest collaboration in the country with the Trusts offering a range of both general and specialist hospital services with excellent clinical outcomes for patients. We have an international reputation for excellence in specialist care, research and academic training.

We are looking to recruit 4 x Band 7 HCPC-registered (or soon to be registered) Clinical Scientist -Bioinformatician posts to work within the North East and Yorkshire Genomic Laboratory Hub (NE&Y GLH) bioinformatics team based across the different sites with the GLH.

A breakdown of the positions available is given below:

  • 2 x Permanent posts based at either Leeds, Sheffield or Newcastle NE&Y GLH sites (candidate choice)

  • 1 x 2-Years fixed term post based at either Leeds, Sheffield or Newcastle (candidate choice)

  • 1 x 2-Years fixed term post based at Leeds (NE&Y Central Laboratory at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds)

Applications from registered Healthcare/Clinical Scientists from other relevant disciplines and final year Scientist Training Programme (STP) trainees are also welcomed.

We would be willing to consider applications from individuals with alternative qualifications, such as an MSc or PhD in Bioinformatics or Computer Science, with significant experience in a relevant clinical setting. For those candidates who are not yet registered, they will be expected to work towards HCPC registration and would be appointed on a salary band appropriate for their experience.

There are opportunities to work on a variety of exciting projects across rare disease and cancer.

The role responsibilities include:


  • To provide highly specialised bioinformatics expertise to support the diagnostic platforms being used within NE&Y GLH. This will include implementation of methods of data handling, analysis and interpretation of data that will ultimately have a direct impact on patient care.

  • To work within the NE&Y GLH virtual team based across the different NE&Y GLH sites to plan activities and develop the bioinformatics capability of NE&Y GLH.

    This post(s) provide the opportunity to join our collaborative team at the forefront of transforming and shaping genomics services for the future. If you would like to join us on our exciting journey, we would welcome your interest and application.


    For further enquiries or a confidential discussion please contact Helena Spiewak (NE&Y GLH Lead Bioinformatician) at

This vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if sufficient suitable applications are received.

Our goal is to be the best place to work, to achieve this we engage with and listen to our staff, to understand their needs. We are proud to support all individuals to work flexibly so they can maintain a good work life balance and provide support as a carer or parent. We value our diverse staff and are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required and to support staff who require adjustments to ensure they can work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you are offered a position, you may be required to undertake a DBS. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost (Enhanced £48 or Standard £30) from your salary over a 3 month period (including Internal staff). You will also be required to participate in the DBS Update Service and pay the £13 cost per year. This is a condition of your employment. DBS checks for volunteers are free.

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If you have any questions about the process please contact the Recruitment Service on (0113) 2065980

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