Molecular Diagnostics (COVID-19) Team Leader
Post Details
Job Title
Molecular Diagnostics (COVID-19) Team Leader
Post Number
1004124
Closing Date
26 Oct 2021
Grade
SC5
Starting Salary
£41,193 - £50,448
Hours per week
37
Project Title
NHS Asymptomatic Testing.
Expected/Ideal Start Date
15 Nov 2021
Months Duration
6
Interview Date
01 Nov 2021

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The Molecular Diagnostics Team Leader (MDTL) will oversee the day-to-day management of the molecular diagnostics laboratory, including operational workflows, training, quality assurance, and health and safety. The MDTL will lead a team of approximately 20 laboratory scientists to deliver molecular diagnostics to the highest quality and safety standards, with a particular focus on COVID-19. The MDTL will support local and national programmes for asymptomatic testing in partnership with the National Health Service and relevant Departments of the UK Government.

Key Relationships

Internal: Head of Genomics Pipelines. Laboratory Manager and Technicians. Director of Operations. Business Support. External: Health and Safety coordinators, Purchasing team, Human Resources, and other NBI stakeholders. NHS Clinical Leads, Operations Managers, and Human Resources. Department of Health and Social Care representatives and consultants. Logistics partners. Technology suppliers.

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Leading a team of laboratory scientists to deliver molecular diagnostics tests to standard operating procedures (SOPs), ensuring that analyses are completed to the highest quality standards and managing non-conformances through quality assurance processes
30
Organising and monitoring sample throughput throughout the day to achieve maximum efficiency and minimum turnaround times, promptly identifying and resolving processing issues and delays
15
Overseeing training, competency assessment, and appraisal of all laboratory staff
15
Overseeing the production, implementation, and revision of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all laboratory activities
10
Working with the Laboratory Support Team, ensuring that the diagnostics laboratory is run to the highest safety standards, including compliance to local and national health and safety policies.
10
Working with the Laboratory Support Team, ensuring that the diagnostics laboratory is operated smoothly and efficiently, including stock control and equipment maintenance
10
Contributing to the improvement of existing methods and to the development, evaluation, and implementation of new techniques
5
Any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role, as agreed with Line Manager
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Bachelors or Masters degree relevant to microbiology, infectious diseases, or molecular biology or equivalent experience
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Fluency in molecular biology techniques and instrumentation, and practical understanding of laboratory automation workflows
Essential
Demonstrated rigorous and methodical approach to work with ability to troubleshoot and solve problems
Essential
Demonstrated organisational skills, including ability to plan the work of others
Essential
Understanding of, and ability to, contribute to broader management/administration processes
Essential
Familiarity and demonstrated confidence in use of Microsoft office programs, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Essential
Fluency in relevant techniques or methods in infectious disease diagnostics
Desirable
Hand-on experience in automated liquid handling processes
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience in quality assurance and health and safety in a diagnostics laboratory environment
Essential
Experience in working for, or in partnership with, the National Health Service
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to express self clearly to colleagues and communicate complex concepts efficiently
Essential
A collaborative attitude and the ability to work well under pressure
Essential
Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to work weekends and/or early/late shifts
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential

Who We Are

Earlham Institute

Earlham Institute is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

Earlham Institute is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which Earlham Institute contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

Earlham Institute is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

Earlham Institute’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. Earlham Institute has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. Earlham Institute also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.

Department

Genomics Pipelines Group

Group Details

The Genomics Pipelines Group oversees the BBSRC-funded National Capability in Genomics and Single-Cell Analysis and the Earlham Institute’s state-of-the-art DNA sequencing facilities. We provide scalable infrastructure and tools for data-driven science, backed by one of the largest high-performance computing data centres dedicated to life sciences in Europe. We work closely with EI’s Science Faculty to develop and implement the genomics pipelines which support the Institute’s core scientific programmes and provide wider access to our technologies to the UK bioscience community through cutting-edge services.

Management and Leadership

Requirement
Importance
Experience in leadership/management in a laboratory environment, delivering high-quality analyses to standard operating procedures
Essential
Experience in leadership/management in a diagnostics laboratory
Desirable

Living in Norfolk

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Molecular Diagnostics (COVID-19) Team Leader

The Earlham Institute (EI) is looking for a highly motivated and dedicated individual to lead a team of scientists delivering molecular diagnostics for COVID-19 testing.

The role:

The laboratory was established at EI in partnership with Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to support asymptomatic testing of NHS staff across Norfolk and Waveney. 

The Molecular Diagnostics (COVID-19) Team Leader will oversee all aspects of the day-to-day management of the molecular diagnostics laboratory, including operational workflows, training, quality assurance, and health and safety.
  
The ideal candidate:

Candidates should hold a degree in a relevant subject (e.g. microbiology, infectious disease or molecular biology) or possess equivalent experience. Previous experience in leadership roles in a laboratory environment and fluency in molecular biology techniques are essential. 

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £41,193 to £50,448 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full-time post funded until the 31st of March, 2022 in the first instance. Willingness to work early/late shifts and/or weekends is essential. 

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.earlham.ac.uk/ or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk  quoting reference 1004124.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 26th October 2021.