Medical Technical Officer

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Medical Technical Officer with good interpersonal skills and a committed team member to join the Molecular Diagnostics team within the Clinical Genomics department. The department is located in the Centre for Molecular Pathology and is one of seven national Genomic Laboratory Hubs offering Cancer Genomic testing in England. The department provides a reference Molecular Diagnostics and Cytogenetics Service for solid tumours and haematological malignancies, as well as participating in clinical trials.

The post holder will be responsible for carrying out analytical molecular diagnostics including, but not limited to, Next Generation Sequencing, fragment analysis, ddPCR and gene expression analysis. The post holder will be expected to assist in training of junior members of the team and support activities such as quality, equipment maintenance and audits

The successful applicant must have a relevant BSc degree in Biological Sciences/Genetics and have experience in molecular diagnostics techniques. Please note: total weekly working hours are 37.5 hours, however in line with the NHSE requirements for the delivery of the Cancer Test Directory, the Clinical Genomics department will operate an extended working hours service, the post holder will be required to participate in a shift system on a rotational basis.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will undertake technical duties required to support scientific teams in the provision of an effective and high quality molecular diagnostics service to patients. They will be responsible for carrying out analytical molecular diagnostics investigations, with minimal supervision. The range of tests available will be in continuous development and the post-holder will be expected to work within all areas of the department. Analytical investigations will include, but not limited to, Next Generation Sequencing, fragment analysis, ddPCR and gene expression analysis in haematological and solid tumours. The key working relationships will be with clinicians, oncologists and histopathologists responsible for treating patients as well as with other Pathology disciplines and liaising with staff throughout the Trust. The post holder will be expected to assist in training of junior members of the team and visitors as well as to contribute to data management relating to the technical aspects of the molecular service. In addition the post holder will be required to support activities such as quality, including compliance with laboratory accreditation standards, equipment maintenance, audits and participate in the departments training programme.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits and learning and development opportunities. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Date posted

19 July 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 5

Salary

£29,553 to £36,265 a year per annum

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

282-SA123425

Job locations

The Royal Marsden Hospital Sutton

Sutton

SM2 5PT


Job description

Job responsibilities

1.1 To be responsible for own work, which will include all aspects of the clinical scientific & technical work, staff, equipment and quality system.

1.2 To ensure the timely and efficient provision of core and technologically complex analytical/diagnostic services, including but not limited to PCR, RQ-PCR, ddPCR, NGS and fragment analysis.

  • To take day to day responsibility for the quality of technical and analytical work produced.
  • To ensure that clinical requests are met according to agreed policies on availability of tests and priorities in accordance with user guide.
  • To ensure that work is carried out in line with Standing Operational Procedures and/or Departmental policy.
  • To monitor quality control of all the tests performed.
  • To assist in the preparation of SOPs and other documentation.

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1.1 To be responsible for own work, which will include all aspects of the clinical scientific & technical work, staff, equipment and quality system.

1.2 To ensure the timely and efficient provision of core and technologically complex analytical/diagnostic services, including but not limited to PCR, RQ-PCR, ddPCR, NGS and fragment analysis.

  • To take day to day responsibility for the quality of technical and analytical work produced.
  • To ensure that clinical requests are met according to agreed policies on availability of tests and priorities in accordance with user guide.
  • To ensure that work is carried out in line with Standing Operational Procedures and/or Departmental policy.
  • To monitor quality control of all the tests performed.
  • To assist in the preparation of SOPs and other documentation.

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification

Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • Ability to express themselves clearly
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Ability to use in-house IT systems
  • Ability to use Microsoft software or equivalent
  • Educational qualification in mathematics

Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Evidence of professional development
  • Self confidant, contributes to laboratory meetings
  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Flexible approach to work

Specific Experience

Essential

  • BSc degree in Biological Sciences/Genetics
  • Evidence of training related to specific area or instruments
  • At least 2 years experience of laboratory work, including need for attention to detail and record keeping
  • Able to understand / follow SOPs
  • Able to perform basic training

Desirable

  • Basic knowledge of genetics including role of DNA/RNA and chromosomes
Person Specification

Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • Ability to express themselves clearly
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Ability to use in-house IT systems
  • Ability to use Microsoft software or equivalent
  • Educational qualification in mathematics

Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Evidence of professional development
  • Self confidant, contributes to laboratory meetings
  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Flexible approach to work

Specific Experience

Essential

  • BSc degree in Biological Sciences/Genetics
  • Evidence of training related to specific area or instruments
  • At least 2 years experience of laboratory work, including need for attention to detail and record keeping
  • Able to understand / follow SOPs
  • Able to perform basic training

Desirable

  • Basic knowledge of genetics including role of DNA/RNA and chromosomes

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Address

The Royal Marsden Hospital Sutton

Sutton

SM2 5PT


Employer's website

https://www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/working-royal-marsden (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Address

The Royal Marsden Hospital Sutton

Sutton

SM2 5PT


Employer's website

https://www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/working-royal-marsden (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Emma Poyastro-Pearson

emma.pearson@icr.ac.uk

Date posted

19 July 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 5

Salary

£29,553 to £36,265 a year per annum

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

282-SA123425

Job locations

The Royal Marsden Hospital Sutton

Sutton

SM2 5PT


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