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Genomics Laboratory Hub Technical Lead

Job Reference: 180-B-191946

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Division B - Technical team lead
Addenbrookes, Cambridge
£37,570 - £43,772 p.a. pr

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 10000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people – patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing ‘outstanding’ care to our patients and rated ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH’s values – Together- safe, kind, excellent – are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the clinical genomics diagnostic laboratory for a Technical Lead to lead on the delivery of technical services including the development, testing, validation and implementation of automation solutions and high throughput next generation sequencing for a broad range of clinical diagnostic and research applications to deliver a streamlined, efficient genomics service for patient care.

You will be responsible for leading the technical team in processing genomic workflows (including next generation sequencing, microarray, and other emerging technologies), working with Technical and Scientific staff to ensure service delivery and compliance with good laboratory practices and BSI Standard ISO15189:2012 in order to deliver a high quality service for our patients and to maintain accreditation.

You will work closely with a multi professional team within the department to implement cutting edge approaches to routine diagnostic processes.

The East Midlands and East of England NHS Genomic Laboratory Hub (EMEE GLH) is one of seven Genomic Hubs recently established to provide the new National Genomic Medicine Service for NHS England. Led by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and working with Nottingham University Hospital and University Hospital Leicester, the EMEE GLH will offer a high quality service to deliver the tests listed in the National Genomic Test Directory, for a population of 10million. This includes diagnostic tests for inherited disorders and for cancer, disease monitoring and predictive tests. The EMEE GLH is currently in a mobilisation phase, undergoing large scale change to consolidate several services onto a single site.

As part of this transformation we require experienced Technical staff to facilitate large scale, high throughput, high quality and efficient genomic analyses, interpretation and reporting. Additionally the role includes training and supervision of trainees, and providing routine technical support and advice for the clinical genomics diagnostic service. You will work with a wide range of personnel within the department, across the region covered by the GLH, and with national bodies, including Scientists, Technicians, Clinicians and Academics.

You will be qualified to degree level, have experience of managing teams, an understanding of quality systems in laboratories and a good understanding of the science of genomic medicine.

The closing date for this vacancy is 19 January 2020

Interviews will be held on 31 January 2020

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

For further details of our fantastic benefits please refer to the attachment below - CUH Benefits.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Amanda Clarkson on 01223 245868


Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust includes Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals. We are one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the country with an outstanding reputation that is down to the exceptional people that work here.

Our philosophy is to keep the patient at the heart of everything we do. Every person that works for the Trust, regardless of their role, comes into contact with our patients and visitors and so is expected to uphold our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent at all times.

We look for people who are willing to go the extra mile, not because they are asked to, but because they are committed to being part of a healthcare team that delivers an excellent caring service to our patients.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment.

Please be aware that once submitted via NHS Jobs, your application will be moved and handled through TRAC Systems and communication will be sent to you via TRAC Systems. You will be updated by email and/ or text regarding the progress of your application, however the vacancy will not be updated on NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are made an offer, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

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