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Biomedical Scientist

Summary Information for vacancy - reference 23460


Defence Science and Technology Laboratory




SP4 0JQ, Salisbury, Wiltshire, South West

Closing Date

08 July 2011

Interviews start

09 August 2011




Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms

Fixed-term contract

Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Operational Delivery, Operational Research, Science

Brief Description

The Clinical Laboratory within Biomedical Sciences Department supports many different activities across Dstl. It provides bioanalytical support to ongoing human volunteer trials, as well as studies using animal models. The laboratory is run in compliance with the guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and supports the assessment of medical countermeasures transitioning from the Research Programme into the Equipment Programme. In addition, the laboratory provides health surveillance for staff working with anticholinesterase compounds.

A Biomedical Scientist is required to support all of the activities above. This role will take the lead in method development and validation in support of trials. The Biomedical Scientist will provide technical focal point for advice on haematology and biochemistry assays and interpretation of results to research colleagues. A suitably qualified individual will also provide Dstl with the ability to interpret results from clinical trials delivered by external contractors (e.g.Contract Research Organisations (CRO)). The use of CROs is likely to increase as more of the Medical Countermeasures Research Programme moves into the Equipment Programme. The Biomedical Scientist will work in a multidisciplinary team including medical staff and research scientists.

Vacancy description

The successful candidate will join the Cellular Toxicity team (10 members) and will work specifically within the Clinical Laboratory. The Clinical Laboratory provides a critical input into the medical surveillance and medical management of staff on the Porton site. Outputs from the laboratory also support high profile Human volunteer and animal studies. The candidate Is expected to make a significant contribution to the delivery of these items. The responsibilities of the Biomedical Scientist will include:
• Effective communication of results to customers (internal and external) of the Clinical Laboratory.
• Provide relevant scientific advice to colleagues and researchers.
• Provide interpretation of results from external Contract Research Organisations.
• Development and refinement of bioassays to aid in delivery of results to the customers (internal and external) of the Clinical Laboratory.
• Provision of a phlebotomy service (this may include some out of hours working).
• Oversee, and assess the quality of the results obtained within the Clinical Laboratory.
• Developing and maintaining processes and procedures to allow the Clinical Laboratory to comply with GCP and other quality systems.
• Develop links to widen the scope of work conducted by the Clinical Laboratory.
• Bidding into research calls (alone or as part of a wider team) to bring work into the Laboratory.




Degree (or equivalent) in a related Biological Sciences subject (i.e. Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, Biomedical Sciences).

Further degree in a related topic desirable but not essential.


Experience of working within a scientific research or diagnostic laboratory. Knowledge of mammalian haematology and related clinical biochemistry. Proven track record of applying and carrying out standard haematology/biochemistry assays. Good communication skills. Competent user of Microsoft products including Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Word.

Desirable (Essential for Level 5 position):
Experience of working in compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) or Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations. Demonstrable knowledge of the Human Tissue Act and the requirements placed on researchers. Experience of working within a clinical research environment. Competence in phlebotomy. Demonstrable track record in the development and optimisation of bioassays.

Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - No

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - Yes

How to apply

Go to to download an application form. Email the completed form to HR Business Services, quoting the vacancy reference in the email subject line.

HR Business Services, Room 8 Bldg 106, Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JQ.

12051114552_23460 JOB DESCRIPTION Biomedical Scientist.doc

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