Histologist / Biomedical Scientist

Job Description

We are looking for a full time Histologist / Biomedical Scientist on a permanent basis to help to support the Histology workload at Oncologica UK Ltd. We are looking with someone who has experience in a clinical laboratory and whom is familiar with laboratory standards such as ISO15189:2012. The post-holder must be able to cut high quality paraffin sections and have an in-depth knowledge of Histopathology techniques. They must be a strong team player, who is used to working to deadlines and is confident in a high-throughput and ever advancing environment. 
The ideal candidate will also have one or more of the following skills; previous experience cutting for Molecular work, experience in writing and improving laboratory based QMS documents, be HCPC registered, strong knowledge of IHC and ability to optimise and validate antibodies. 

What You Do

The principal role for this appointment is to assist with the day-to-day running and delivery of the Diagnostic Genomic Services for Oncologica Ltd. This role will include, but is not limited to, sample reception, cutting of high quality paraffin sections and curls, performance of immunohistochemistry techniques and extraction of DNA and RNA from FFPE samples. The post holder will also assist with ordering, stock maintenance and will be expected to contribute to the Oncologica Quality Management System.



To assist in the efficient day-to-day running and delivery of the Tissue-Based Services and the Diagnostic Genomic Services including

  • To deliver the highest standard of quality throughout the Oncologica laboratory service
  • To cut high quality paraffin sections and perform high quality immunohistochemistry techniques
  • To perform DNA and RNA extractions from FFPE samples
  • To assist with the ordering of consumables
  • To assist in the maintenance and monitoring of equipment and help to ensure that equipment is maintained in good working order in compliance with ISO15189 standards
  • To actively participate in clinical validation activities
  • To contribute to the continually improving and expanding diagnostics services provided by the Oncologica Genomics unit
  • To participate in UK NEQAS Molecular Genetics and UK NEQAS ICC&ISH as required
  • To keep abreast of new developments, e.g. attendance and participation at meetings
  • To assist with the production of workload statistics within the laboratory
  • To comply with Health & Safety regulations within the laboratory
  • To contribute to and help maintain the Oncologica Quality Management System procedures
  • To be aware of and act upon;
    – Disciplinary procedures
    – Disciplinary rules
    – Grievance procedures
    – Section 7 & 8 of the Health & Safety at Work Act
    – Organisational Fire Guidelines
    – Equal Opportunities Policy

The hours of work are 37.5; the distribution of these hours is at the discretion of the Scientific Director.

This job description is not meant to be restrictive or exhaustive and duties may change in response to changing circumstances. These will be discussed with the post holder.

Essential Requirements

  1. Experience working in a clinical diagnostic laboratory, with particular reference to Histology and/or IHC
  2. Experience of UKAS/ISO/GCLP standards and of a Quality Management System
  3. Ability to cut high quality paraffin sections
  4. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of histopathology techniques
  5. Experience in working in a high-throughput environment
  6. Knowledge and awareness of Health & Safety issues
  7. Show evidence of commitment to continuing personal and professional development
  8. Proficient with various IT systems
  9. Ability to work to deadlines
  10. Able to maintain confidentiality and act in a professional manner
  11. Ability to communicate efficiently with people both within and external to the laboratory in both verbal and written English
  12. Demonstrate good interpersonal and relationship skills
  13. Proficient use of laboratory equipment

Desirable Requirements

  • Previous experience in cutting for Molecular work
  • Ability to write protocols and other QMS documents
  • Hold and maintain HCPC registration
  • Demonstrate some knowledge of developments in molecular pathology and cancer genetics
  • Understanding of IHC and ability to optimise and validate antibodies