Research Technician – Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust – Stanmore

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

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Research Technician

An exciting opportunity has become available for an individual interested in undertaking clinical research within the NHS.

We are looking for a full-time research technician to join the Histopathology department at the RNOH. We are a multidisciplinary team of research and clinical staff, including laboratory technicians, biomedical scientists, post-doctoral scientists, biobank co-ordinators and pathologists.

Our research focuses on studying human Sarcoma samples that have been collected (biobanked) for nearly 20 years. The goal is to identify biomarkers that predict how these rare bone and soft tissue cancers will behave. By improving our understanding of Sarcoma, we can develop new ways to diagnose these tumours, which can lead to more targeted treatment plans and better outcomes for patients. We recently participated in the 100,000 Genomes Project; the success of which has led to whole genome sequencing being offered to all patients that are newly diagnosed with Sarcoma in the UK. We have already achieved a lot but there is so much more to do.

The role will involve processing blood and tumour samples, cutting sections (microtomy/cryotomy), nucleic acid extraction, PCR-based assays and using databases / spreadsheets / document management systems for tracking information about patients and their samples. The post-holder will ensure that biobanked samples (such as slides, wax blocks, frozen tissues, blood and DNA/RNA) are logged, distributed and annotated for ongoing research projects. In particular, they will support a cutting-edge digital pathology and machine learning (artificial intelligence) project which requires slides to be scanned and linked to clinical data. Opportunities will also arise for the post-holder to gain patient-facing experience by approaching patients to obtain consent to use their samples for research purposes.

This position would be particularly suited towards candidates who are aiming to pursue a medical degree, a research career or training to become a biomedical/clinical scientist in the future.

Support and full training will be provided for all aspects of the role. The candidate will need to become vaccinated against Hepatitis B. Excellent communication and organisation skills are required.

The appointment is for immediate start on a fixed-term contract (with the possibility of this being extended subject to the availability of research funding).

The post-holder will be based primarily at the RNOH in Stanmore but may be required to work at the UCL Cancer Institute in central London on occasion. The individual will also need to be reliable and flexible with early starts or late finishes required some weekdays.

Applicants must be able to commit to the term of this contract, in normal circumstances.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameKatherine TreversJob titleSenior Research TechnicianEmail addresskatherine.trevers@nhs.netTelephone number0208 909 5347

We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and offer a range of flexible working practices. Part-time and job share applications will be considered.

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Additionally, by applying for this role, you accept in the event you are successful that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which is aimed at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers. Therefore we want you to complete your e-learning modules prior to joining our organisation.

RNOH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents; all prospective employees of RNOH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

The RNOH operates a Smoke-Free Policy. Smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust’s premises (including the grounds that those premises are sited on) or in any Trust owned vehicle.

Where applicable, in line with the 2018 framework agreement on the reform of Agenda for Change, the new system for pay progression will come into effect on 1 April 2019 for new starters or those promoted to a new role on or after 1 April 2019.


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