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About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and approximately 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support.
All of our employees share a common set of values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement. Our ability to grow year after year is driven by our ability to attract, develop and retain worl-class people who will thrive in our environment. For more information please visit www.thermofisher.com

Job Description

Job Title: Laboratory Scientist II
Reports To: Laboratory Manager
Group/Division: Thermo Fisher Scientific/BioServices Division
Career Band: 5
Job Track: Professional
Position Location: Bishops Stortford
Number of Direct Reports: 0

Position Summary:

The Laboratory Scientist is responsible for carrying out a variety of highly skilled, complex sample processing procedures on a range of specimens requiring specialist knowledge with a high degree of competence and technical skill.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Ensure that the laboratory works within the guidelines of our Accreditation bodies (eg UKAS / CPA, HTA, GLP etc) and to maintain compliance with corporate policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that internal and external quality control processes are scheduled and performed, and that appropriate corrective and preventative measures are taken where necessary
  • Assist in the production, continuous monitoring and updating of departmental standard operating procedures (SOPs), forms and processes
  • Communicate effectively with departmental and inter-departmental staff and take an active role in departmental meetings
  • Actively participate in the induction and training of new laboratory staff and ensure that their training requirements are met
  • Participate in Continuing Professional Development activities and encourage laboratory staff to also participate
  • Required to have detailed knowledge of sample processing techniques including, but not limited to, blood sample fractionation, buffy coat preparation, peripheral blood lymphocyte isolation, DNA / RNA extraction techniques, quantification and qualification of DNA. When new technologies are introduced the post-holder would be expected to familiarise themselves with these and perform some background reading to support their technical skills.
  • Requirement to work within, and train other staff in, the Biological Containment Level 3 facility with Hazard Group 3 pathogens and to ensure all work is carried out to the highest possible standards of Health and Safety and Quality Assurance
  • Ensure that standards of cleanliness and good order are maintained within the laboratory facilities and that daily, weekly, monthly and yearly cleaning and maintenance processes are satisfactorily carried out
  • Ensure that all equipment is used and maintained in accordance with manufacturers guidelines and that all end-users receive appropriate validated training in the correct and safe use of equipment
  • Take an active role in the daily work which may include working with human tissue and samples and samples that have a known pathological risk
  • Investigate and develop new scientific processes as required by clients of FBS in order to secure new business
  • Prepare posters, scientific communications and presentations for both internal and external audiences in order to promote the work of the laboratory
  • Perform general housekeeping of the computer system
  • Gain a high degree of proficiency in the Nautilus Laboratory Informatics System (LIMS) and other software systems used in FBS

Minimum Requirements / Qualifications:
  • BSc / MSc. in Molecular Biology / Cell Biology or related subject
  • Previous clinical/research post experience
  • PC Literate

Essential Skills / Experience:
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Strong communication skills (verbal & written)
  • Good standard of English (verbal & written)
  • Good attention to detail
  • Up to date evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Post graduate laboratory experience
  • Good practical bench skills
  • Competent and confident to work with human tissue and high risk specimens in a Class 3

Although not essential, the following skills and experience would be preferred:

  • Experience and knowledge of specialist histology procedures to higher specialist diploma level or equivalent knowledge acquired through experience, Participation in CPD, short courses and ongoing specialist training

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