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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/05/2022.

Scientist - Microbiology

Job Reference: 918-HX8981

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
£40,057 to £45,839 plus HCAS

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You’ll make a significant contribution to our Blood and Transplant Research Unit (BTRU) programme for transfusion and transplantation transmitted infections. That means coordinating studies, carrying out crucial analyses of lab data, preparing reports and presenting your findings. Your work will also involve managing grant money from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The difference you’ll make

Advancing our understanding of transfusion and transplantation transmitted infections will ultimately help patients live better, fuller lives. To get there, you’ll play a central role in our ‘Genomic Revolutions in Donation Screening and Safety’ study, collecting and analysing the study’s data and liaising with a wide range of contacts including scientists, epidemiologists and clinicians from NHSBT as well as Oxford University and the UK Health Security Agency.

Aside from progressing the study, you’ll help us develop new techniques and protocols, use data to inform policy changes, assist with staff training and carry out audits.

The skills you’ll need

  • The ability to solve research problems.
  • Strong IT skills.
  • High levels of independence and initiative.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to present complex ideas in an easy-to-understand way.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organisational skills.
  • The ability to prepare scientific papers for publication in peer reviewed journals and present findings at conferences.

Who we are

At NHS Blood & Transplant, we’re incredibly proud of the many talented people who come together every day to make our organisation the very best it can be. We have clearly defined values that are centred around offering exceptional care to our donors and their families. We take care of each other too. And we focus on building our expertise so we can change lives, provide quality support and offer fulfilling careers.

For you, it’s an opportunity to contribute to a unique team as part of a service that saves lives 365 days a year. We also offer brilliant benefits including 27 days of holiday (plus bank holidays), a comprehensive induction and training programme, and a competitive pension scheme.

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and aim to reflect the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

Person Specification


Essential Criteria

You’ll have a relevant PhD and Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent experience.


Essential Criteria
Experience of research in a virology laboratory.

Experience in analysing and presenting virological, clinical and epidemiological data.

Knowledge of serological and molecular methods used in virology.

Relevant health and safety awareness.

Desirable Criteria

Experience in next generation sequencing.

Knowledge of epidemiology or medical statistics.

Knowledge or experience in infectious diseases or blood transfusion microbiology.

For further informatioin regarding this post please contact

Heli Harvala Simmonds on

Applications for this vacancy will close on the evening of Wednesday 25th May 2022 at 23:59pm with Interviews anticiapted to take place on the 13th, 22nd and 23rd May 2022, subject to change.

NHS Blood and Transplant encourages and supports uptake of the COVID-19 vaccination as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

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 are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and aim to reflect 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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