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Biomedical Scientist Specialist

Job Reference: 918-HX5185

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)
Stem Cells Leeds-Service
Barnsley (initially Leeds Blood Centre)
£30,401 to £37,267 pa

The work performed by the Cellular & Molecular Therapy (CMT) Laboratories in NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), is central to the provision and improvement of life saving stem cell transplants. Our laboratories support over half of all haemopoietic stem cell transplants performed in England each year through a network of GMP grade laboratories in 7 specialist facilities across the country. Working with academic partners in Centres of Excellence, we aim to be at the forefront of clinical improvements related to these transplants and to use our expertise in GMP, quality and regulatory matters to promote other areas of research. NHS Blood and Transplant also supplies blood and blood components, and manages 5,500 organ and corneal transplants every year.


The department provides specialist services to hospitals covering a large geographical area. We work with peripheral blood derived stem cells, umbilical cord blood and bone marrow cells, collected for patients undergoing stem cell transplantation. We have close partnerships with various transplant programmes and other groups undertaking clinical trials, ground breaking research and service development. The successful applicant will be highly motivated, ‘team focussed’ and with good time management skills. The work will involve routine service provision, specialist cell processing, and other development activities. We would expect the successful candidate to be flexible and willing to adapt to change. Experience of working in a cell therapy laboratory, and familiarity with stem cell processing and/or flow cytometry techniques would be an advantage.


We currently operate from a site in Leeds, but are building a new facility near Barnsley (Unit D, Capitol Way, Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3FG). The successful candidate will therefore work initially in Leeds until the Summer of 2020, before moving to the new site in Barnsley. Initially, working hours in Leeds while undergoing training will be 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday (37.5 hours per week). Working hours in Barnsley will change with a start from 11:00 to 12:00 and a finish between 19:00 and 20:00, Monday to Friday (times to be discussed at interview). The successful candidate will also be required to participate in the departments on call rota, following appropriate training.


You should be an HCPC registered Biomedical or Clinical Scientist with relevant post- registration experience and ideally a specialist qualification in the field of transplantation science.


In return you’ll benefit from an excellent pension and the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment, using modern equipment and practices, where you can develop your specialist skills and scientific education.


For further information and/or informal discussion, please contact Dr Mbithe Mutunga at


This vacancy will close at 23:59 on Sunday 23rd February 2020.


If you are interested in finding out more about this role and the careers that we have available at NHS Blood and Transplant, please visit us at our Careers Event on Saturday 8th February at the Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW. For further information, please visit NHS Blood and Transplant Careers in the Further links section.

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’re an inclusive organisation that reflects the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

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