Vacancies and Training

This section is intended as a resource for members seeking or promoting employment, training and/or professional development in the field of toxicology.
If you would like to submit a vacancy, or any item that would be of interest to the Group, please e-mail the advertisement or web link to ltg.committee@gmail.com along with a brief summary of the position and candidate specification.
Please consult the advertisements below for appropriate format. All posts are subject to the discretion of the LTG Executive committee.


Matrix Diagnostics Ltd

LCMSMS specialist

  • Region: Essex
  • Salary: £35-£40k dependent upon experience

We are currently seeking an experienced laboratory analyst to join a small team in our UKAS accredited laboratory in a rapidly growing business, based in Waltham Abbey, Essex. As a customer-focussed drug and alcohol testing company we provide our customers with a highly efficient service in a very competitive market. You will be heavily involved with the transfer of existing methods and development of new methods on to a new LCMSMS instrument to ISO 17025 standards and will therefore need to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and experience with LCMSMS technology and validation. You will also be processing highly sensitive donor samples for routine screening and subsequent confirmation analysis using state of the art Immunoassay analysers and LC-MSMS. The successful candidate will be quick to learn, possess excellent attention to detail, be highly organised, self-motivated and a great team player. You will possess a relevant science degree with excellent communication and computer skills. Previous relevant laboratory work experience would be highly desirable.

Please apply in writing with a current CV to:
T.M.Crane (t.crane@matrixdiagnostics.co.uk)
Laboratory Manager, Matrix Diagnostics Ltd
Or call 01992 762678 for an informal discussion


Epilepsy Society

Head of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

We are seeking an experienced, state registered clinical scientist to manage our specialised Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Service for antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), either on a short term or permanent basis. They will also take on the role of quality manager whilst we consider the right long term arrangement for this role. Responsibilities shall include professional, scientific, advisory, organizational and educational matters relevant to the services offered by the TDM Unit.

About our lab

The lab is accredited by UKAS to ISO 15189:2012 and is a facility which is dedicated to analysing antiepileptic drugs in biological fluids to help guide the management of patients. We are the only provider in the UK able to analyse 24 AEDs and two pharmacological active metabolites. We currently have three HCPC registered clinical scientists, including a head of lab, as well as a lab assistant and two phlebotomists. The lab is based at the world renowned Chalfont Centre at the Epilepsy Society (closest station is Gerrards Cross which is a 5 minute drive from the centre) along with other specialist epilepsy diagnostic and treatment services run in partnership with UCL and UCLH. The lab operates according to standard office hours, there is no out of hours service.

Job purpose

To be responsible for the successful operation of the lab and ensure that all regulatory and accreditation requirements are met. To have a commitment to maintain and continually improve the high quality diagnostic service provided by the Unit. To ensure that all the requirements of ISO 15189:2012 are maintained. To provide effective leadership of the TDM laboratory, including budget planning and financial management.

Key Accountabilities

Service Delivery

Able to work closely with the small team that constitutes the TDM Unit in ensuring that stringent analytical criteria and fast sample turn around times are maintained.

To be responsible for review, validation, interpretation, authorisation and reporting of results on a daily basis.

To review and revalidate LCMS assays as required.

To be responsible for preventative maintenance of LCMS and other lab equipment to minimise down time of instruments.

Quality, Compliance and Safety

To have a commitment to good professional practice, ensuring that all lab procedures are fit for intended use and in compliance with the requirements of ISO 15189:2012.

Ensure that all analyses are undertaken according to written protocols and quality assurance procedures so that the results are of the highest quality and accuracy possible.

People leadership

To lead and manage the team of clinical scientists, lab assistant and phlebotomists , ensuring that they perform their duties effectively and in line with all standards and requirements set out.

To support the personal development of the team to help them perform in their current role and in maintaining CPD.

To ensure that the team are integrated with the broader Epilepsy Society team - keeping them up to date with developments and building relationships with colleagues across the organisation.

Financial Management

To take ownership for the TDM budget and ensure the budget forecast is achieved by maximising income, keeping control of costs and following all financial processes including purchase orders and invoices.

Person Specification

  • Experience of managing a clinical lab
  • Degree in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Analytical Chemistry or a related subject
  • Masters Degree in Medical Biochemistry or assessed equivalent of knowledge and expertise in the field of therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Registration as a Clinical Scientist with the HCPC
  • Experience of liquid chromatography/mass spectroscopy techniques and laboratory automation
  • Working knowledge of COSHH standards and risk assessments

Terms and Conditions

  • Competitive salary determined based on experience
  • Generous annual leave entitlement of 27 days plus bank holidays with the ability to buy or sell up to 5 days
  • Pension

To apply, please get in touch with: