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.


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:


Analytical Services International

Head of Toxicology

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Location: London
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Hours: 37.5 per week
  • Closing date: 1 st March 2019

About Us

ASI is a provider of forensic toxicology, clinical toxicology and therapeutic drugs monitoring with an ambition and vision to be world leading in these fields. We are a GLP/GCP compliant laboratory with ISO accreditation, keen to encourage research from our team members and proud to publish widely on different aspects of our interest.

Our busy forensic toxicology division is responsible for the analysis of biological samples for alcohol, drugs and poisons and provides a commercial service to police, coroners, other forensic laboratories, defence and supports civil cases.

We are looking for an energetic individual to lead and expand our forensic toxicology division – a great career opportunity for a progressive, competent toxicologist capable of harnessing and developing our teams’ motivation and commitment to delivering a professional toxicology service.

The Role

To lead our team of toxicology analysts and reporters and tend to their professional development. To interpret analytical findings from mass spectrometry instrumentation and prepare interpretative reports for ASI’s customers and the Criminal Justice System. To go to court or Inquest hearings to give evidence. To present at scientific conferences, meetings and seminars.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage a team of dedicated toxicology analysts and reporters.
  • Engage with Customers.
  • Scope toxicological investigations liaising with customers
  • Interpret analytical results direct from analytical instrumentation.
  • Review analytical results within the context of case circumstances and prepare easy to understand fully interpreted reports giving opinion.
  • Train, supervise and mentor team members.
  • Support and deliver strategic development of Forensic Toxicology Service.

Required Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Chemistry/Forensic Science degree or equivalent
  • Management experience and proven ability to lead a team.
  • Minimum 5 years’ forensic reporting experience.
  • Previous experience of ISO17025, ILAC G19 and Forensic Regulator’s Code of Practice accreditation.
  • Comfortable with leading change and working to tight deadlines.
  • Communication – effective verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Methodical and organised.
  • Well attuned to customer demands and laboratory service provision
  • Comfortable with public speaking.
  • High level of numeracy, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Proven organisational and administrative skills.
  • 3 years’ UK residency.

Preferred Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Police security clearance to NPPV Level 3/SC level

Behaviours

  • A leader
  • Enthusiastic
  • Confident
  • Curious
  • Passionate about toxicology and hungry to develop in the discipline.
  • Interested in research.
  • Willing to learn and take on extra duties or responsibilities for the company.
  • Driven by a desire to get it right
  • Ability to work in a busy lab and multi-task.
  • Committed to continuous improvement for the business and for personal development

Why not look us over? www.bioanalytics.co.uk

Please note that this post is subject to police security vetting for which you must have at least three years continuous residency in the UK. Criminal convictions may prevent you from gaining security clearance. This role may in addition require random alcohol/drug screening.

To apply, please forward your CV to: info@bioanalytics.co.uk.


Matrix Diagnostics Ltd

Scientist to join a small team

We are currently seeking a highly enthusiastic scientist 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 processing highly sensitive donor samples for routine screening and subsequent confirmation analysis using state of the art Immunoassay analysers and LC-MS/MS. 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 although full training will be given.

To apply, please forward your CV to: t.crane@matrixdiagnostics.co.uk.


Analytical Services International

Forensic Toxicology Reporter

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Location: London
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Hours: 37.5 per week
  • Closing date: 1 st March 2019

About Us

ASI is a provider of forensic toxicology, clinical toxicology and therapeutic drugs monitoring with an ambition and vision to be world leading in these fields. We are a GLP/GCP compliant laboratory with ISO accreditation, keen to encourage research from our team members and proud to publish widely on different aspects of our interest.

Our busy forensic toxicology division is responsible for the analysis of biological samples for alcohol, drugs and poisons and provides a commercial service to police, coroners, other forensic laboratories, defence and supports civil cases.

The Role

To interpret analytical findings from mass spectrometry instrumentation and prepare interpretative reports for ASI’s customers and the Criminal Justice System. To go to court or Inquest hearings to present evidence.

Key Responsibilities

  • Scope toxicological investigations liaising with customers
  • Interpret analytical results direct from analytical instrumentation.
  • Review analytical results within the context of case circumstances and prepare easy to understand fully interpreted reports giving opinion.
  • Assist with training co-workers, supervise and mentor junior team members.

Required Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Chemistry/Forensic Science degree or equivalent
  • Minimum 2 years’ forensic reporting experience.
  • Communication – effective verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Methodical and organised.
  • Well attuned to customer demands and laboratory service provision
  • Comfortable with change and working to tight deadlines
  • Comfortable with public speaking in court
  • High level of numeracy, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Proven organisational and administrative skills
  • 3 years’ UK residency

Preferred Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Police security clearance to NPPV Level 3/SC level
  • Previous experience under ISO17025, ILAC G19 and Forensic Regulator’s Code of Practice accreditation

Behaviours

  • Enthusiastic
  • Confident
  • Curious
  • Passionate about toxicology and hungry to develop in the discipline.
  • Interested in research
  • Willing to learn and take on extra duties or responsibilities for the team/department.
  • Driven by a desire to get it right
  • Ability to work in a busy lab and multi-task.
  • Committed to continuous improvement.

Why not look us over? www.bioanalytics.co.uk

Please note that this post is subject to police security vetting for which you must have at least three years continuous residency in the UK. Criminal convictions may prevent you from gaining security clearance. This role may in addition require random alcohol/drug screening.

To apply, please forward your CV to: info@bioanalytics.co.uk.