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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/05/2022.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Service Development Scientist

Job Reference: 918-RX9067

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
H&I Service Development
£40,057 to £45,839 per annum

This vacancy is on a fixed term/ secondment basis. Secondments will be considered for NHSBT staff wishing to apply for this role.

We are seeking two highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Scientists to join the NHSBT H&I Service Development Laboratory located at the Colindale Blood Centre in London. The role of the laboratory is to translate research into clinical use to help improve our H&I services.

We have a 12-month fixed term post available and a 3-year fixed term post that is subject to funding approval.

The successful candidates will join a dynamic team in leading projects aimed at the design, development and implementation of new in-house molecular diagnostic tests for HLA, HPA and non-HLA pharmacogenetic SNPs as well as investigating and introducing the latest genomic technologies into our national H&I services.

As part of the NHSBT Genomics Programme, the H&I Service Development team are currently evaluating Oxford Nanopore technology for long read DNA sequencing. The roles will both be integral in the development of this technology for improving clinical genotyping for stem cell and solid organ transplantation. Other responsibilities include training staff and supporting our six H&I clinical laboratories by providing key advice for any Research & Development (R&D) needs.

You should possess a PhD in a relevant science subject, e.g. molecular biology, human genetics or equivalent. Experience in a R&D environment with extensive working knowledge of PCR, qPCR and/or Next Generation Sequencing techniques would be essential. Experience with Illumina and/or Oxford Nanopore sequencing technologies would be advantageous.

In return, we can offer a friendly working environment where teamwork and individuality are both highly valued, together with a competitive salary and excellent pension scheme.

The normal working hours for these roles are 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday, with occasional travel to other NHSBT Centres as and when required (with notice).

The salary for this post is £40,057 to £45,839 per annum.

This post will also attract an Outer London High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of basic salary,subject to a minimum payment of £3,898 and a maximum payment of £4,967.

Informal visits to the department are welcome. To arrange an informal visit, or for an informal discussion regarding the role, please call Dr Winnie Chong on tel: 0208 957 2982 or via email at:

This vacancy will close at 23:59 on the evening of Sunday 29th May 2022 with interviews scheduled for Tuesday 28th June 2022, subject to change.



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