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.


Eurofins Scientific

Trainee reporter Toxicology

  • Location: Teddington
  • Closing Date: Friday 17 November 2017
  • Apply here

From the analysis of conventional samples (blood, urine and oral fluids) through to the development and analysis of specialist samples (hair and nails), our range of detectable drugs and chemicals is unsurpassed across Europe offering an exciting opportunity as a Trainee reporter Toxicology to join our expanding team based in Teddington and be part of our growing business.

The Role

Undertake a period of training and mentoring with a view to becoming a reporting officer who will provide effective management of casework, delivering cost-effective case strategies, high quality results and scientific interpretations to clients, in a timely manner resulting in production of a witness statement or oral testimony in Courts of Law and to assist in the analytical processes as appropriate.

Key responsibilities:

  • Adhere to all aspects of the customer Operational Protocol and Quality Manual
  • Ensure all work (including sub-contractors) is authorised, completed to contracted / agreed timescales and to estimated cost if applicable.
  • Train to report at least one case type.
  • Receive mentoring in order to devise appropriate case strategies incorporating quality considerations and a cost-effective approach.
  • Ensure all critical findings are checked in line with standard operating procedures
  • Manage the integrity and continuity of exhibits, including their return
  • Manage caseload in a timely manner, with support from mentor.
  • Communicate with the customer as appropriate.
  • Provide support to the analytical section as appropriate.
  • Check analytical data as appropriate
  • Seek continual improvement of methodology and processes that will have a positive impact on the quality and effectiveness of the team.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Undertake training in case type/s agreed with mentor/CWL.
  • Support reporters with their individual caseloads by drafting statements, interpreting analytical results.
  • Undertake expert witness course in timescale agreed with mentor/CWL.
  • Work within Standard Operating Procedures and company policies and procedures.
  • Continually review processes and procedures with a view to improvement of quality and cost effectiveness.
  • Maintain awareness of lab and reporting quality.
  • Communicate effectively with the customer throughout each case to ensure expectations are understood and adhered to. This includes scientific aspects in addition to authorisation / financial obligations and delivery dates

What We Are Looking For

Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Sufficient laboratory experience to identify and understand the issues likely to arise in the types of cases processed, in both scientific and case management terms.
  • Good general business awareness and solid understanding of the various requirements of customers.
  • Science based degree.

Preferred Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Fully trained and competent in analysis of standard Toxicology sample types, e.g. blood, urine, whether practical or theoretical.
  • Fully trained and competent in analysis less common sample types, e.g. tissue samples, whether practical or theoretical.
  • Fully trained and competent in analysis/interpretation of results containing common and less common drug types, whether practical or theoretical.
  • Previous experience of working in a busy laboratory environment.

Behaviours

  • Must display patience, determination, attention to detail and integrity at all times.
  • Able to manage a flexible workload; show good organisational skills and high levels of personal resilience with the ability to work to deadlines under pressure.
  • Good attention to detail, well organised, innovative.
  • Maintains clear communications with customers, clarifying expectations and monitoring satisfaction levels.
  • Communicate and work co-operatively with others (within the team, with other departments / sites or external associates) focussing on a collective rather than individual goal.
  • Demonstrate initiative; adopting a pro-active attitude to continuous improvement within the areas of science, quality and efficiency.
  • Exhibit high levels of concentration, accuracy and reliability (scientifically, within the quality area and financially).
  • Act as a role model for junior analysts/examiners and take on supervision of those staff as and when deemed appropriate. Willing to take on extra duties or responsibilities for the team/department.

About Us

Eurofins Scientific is a leading international group of laboratories with over EUR 2.4 billion annual sales and over 30,000 employees with a network of 375 laboratories in 41 countries.

Eurofins has a network of 16 sites in the UK and the Group provides an unparalleled range of over 100,000 reliable and validated analytical methods and support services to the pharmaceutical, food, environmental and consumer product industries, and to governments.

What Happens Next

Our people in our labs are the backbone of what we do, so it's incredibly important we find the right individuals to join us. As a potential new recruit, you'll be invited to a selection day, where you get the chance to see what working for Eurofins is really like. This will give us the opportunity to see if you believe in what we believe in and if your individuality, will make our team great.

Closing Date

This position will be advertised until close of business Friday 17 November 2017. Please note, we reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers. Therefore we would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible.

If you are interested in the position, please apply here.


Eurofins Scientific

Toxicology Team Leader

  • Location: Teddington
  • Closing Date: Thursday 30 November 2017
  • Apply here

From the analysis of conventional samples (blood, urine and oral fluids) through to the development and analysis of specialist samples (hair and nails), our range of detectable drugs and chemicals is unsurpassed across Europe offering an exciting opportunity as a Toxicology Team Leader to join our expanding team based in Teddington and be part of our growing business.

The Role

The primary purpose of this role is to lead one of a number of small teams of reporters within the Toxicology department to ensure team members execute all aspects of their work to the quality and TRTs required by our customers and in the most cost effective manner possible.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of reporters in the day to day delivery and management of their work to the satisfaction of the customer. Work with the Toxicology Operations Leads to achieve organisational goals, as demonstrated through KPIs (Quality, productivity, communication, career development).
  • Agree priority tasks and targets in conjunction with individual team members to ensure target dates and TRT’s are met and that WIP is invoiced in a timely manner
  • Enable casework team members to meet said targets / priority tasks by identifying and making available required resources (e.g. checkers etc.)
  • Liaise with staff in the casework team to identify priority tasks.
  • In conjunction with the Toxicology Operations Leads to continuously monitor performance of individual casework team members and assist in any required remedial actions, such as reviewing outstanding WIP for individuals within their teams and monitoring upcoming delivery dates for individuals within their team.
  • Implementing quality and scientific recommendations.
  • Carrying out performance appraisals with individual casework team members
  • Oversee mentoring and professional development of casework team members in conjunction with Scientific Advisor and Toxicology Operations Leads.
  • When necessary, liaise with other Casework Leads and managers to identify resources from outside the team.
  • Continually review processes and procedures with a view to improvement of quality and cost effectiveness.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Undertake own casework. A target of billable hours – which will recognize the number of reporters in the team – will be agreed with the Operations Leads in this regard.
  • Meet 95% of TRT’s.
  • Meet utilisation target set by Operations Leads.
  • Meet case closure target set by Operations Leads.

What We Are Looking For

Behaviours

  • Identifies and understands the needs of customers (internal and external) and responds positively, enhancing the reputation of LGC Forensics.
  • Maintains clear communications with customers, clarifying expectations and monitoring satisfaction levels.
  • Works co-operatively with others, both within own team and with colleagues or external associates and focuses on collective rather than individual goals.
  • Sets expectations and lays out clear objectives for the team.
  • Leads others by communicating a clear plan and coaching them to meet its requirements.
  • Able to inspire others with clear and understandable performance metrics.
  • Able to achieve results through others and to motivate a team to deliver planned objectives.
  • Recognises the need for structure and clarity, and identifies priorities and actions to enable the delivery of short term results or meet service delivery standards/ objectives; then communicating these to the appropriate people.
  • Able to develop both individual and tactical plans and implement them effectively and on time.
  • Identifies development needs and seeks and provides opportunities to realise potential.
  • Provides and seeks coaching to improve job performance. Provides and seeks coaching, training and experiences designed to assist long-term personal growth and development.

Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Sufficient casework experience to identify and understand the issues likely to arise in the types of cases processed in teams, both scientific and case management related.
  • Good general business awareness and solid understanding of the various contractual requirements of customers served by teams/sites.
  • Strong leadership skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Financial skills (P&L).
  • Excel skills.

About Us

Eurofins Scientific is a leading international group of laboratories with over EUR 2.4 billion annual sales and over 30,000 employees with a network of 375 laboratories in 41 countries.

Eurofins has a network of 16 sites in the UK and the Group provides an unparalleled range of over 100,000 reliable and validated analytical methods and support services to the pharmaceutical, food, environmental and consumer product industries, and to governments.

What Happens Next

Our people in our labs are the backbone of what we do, so it's incredibly important we find the right individuals to join us. As a potential new recruit, you'll be invited to a selection day, where you get the chance to see what working for Eurofins is really like. This will give us the opportunity to see if you believe in what we believe in and if your individuality, will make our team great.

Closing Date

This position will be advertised until close of business Thursday 30 November 2017 . Please note, we reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers. Therefore we would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible.

If you are interested in the position, please apply here.


Eurofins Scientific

Confirmation Analyst - Drug testing

  • Location: Teddington
  • Closing Date: Friday 17 November 2017
  • Apply here

The Occupational Drug Testing Section performs analysis on human biological samples for drugs and alcohol. This can be in workplace drug testing schemes, clinical sectors, or medico-legal cases.

The Occupational Drug Testing (ODT) laboratory predominately analyses samples for drugs of abuse. This role involves the handling human urine, saliva, and hair samples.

The Role

We are looking for a dynamic Confirmation Analyst to join our busy team in Teddington in which short deadlines make the work quite hectic at times and speed and accuracy are most important.

Key responsibilities:

The Confirmation Analyst is responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring day-to-day samples extraction are concluded in good time and to the correct standard
  • Maintaining chain of custody, checking sample integrity
  • Extracting samples (SPE) and preparing solutions
  • Ensuring accurate data is always maintained

Key Responsibilities and accountabilities

  • General laboratory skills, such as preparing solution, pipetting...
  • Maintaining chain of custody throughout the analytical process
  • Extraction of drugs using Solid Phase Extraction (SPE), from human biological samples (urine, saliva)
  • Analysis of sample using GC-MS, LC-MS, GC-MS-MS
  • Basic daily maintenance of instrumentation
  • Assist with method development and validation to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the ODT departments’ analytical capability.
  • Assist in other sections of the laboratory when necessary.
  • As part of the team ensure that operational targets are met and exceeded where possible
  • Achieving key performance indicator targets
  • Participate in Quality and Safety tasks

What We Are Looking For

Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Relevant degree or Laboratory experience
  • Previous experience in sample preparation techniques e.g. SPE
  • Previous experience in GC-MS, LC-MS/MS (optional)
  • IT literate including Word, Excel and Outlook

Behaviours

  • Full commitment to and demonstration of upholding LGC values, respect, brilliance, passion, curiosity, integrity.
  • Good attention to detail, well organised, innovative.
  • Good interpersonal and team playing skills
  • Demonstration of good communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to cope under pressure, multitask and work to deadlines
  • Strong team player
  • Demonstrate a high level of confidentiality when dealing with sensitive material
  • Proactive worker with an enthusiastic attitude to work

About Us

Eurofins Scientific is a leading international group of laboratories with over EUR 2.4 billion annual sales and over 30,000 employees with a network of 375 laboratories in 41 countries.

Eurofins has a network of 16 sites in the UK and the Group provides an unparalleled range of over 100,000 reliable and validated analytical methods and support services to the pharmaceutical, food, environmental and consumer product industries, and to governments.

What Happens Next

Our people in our labs are the backbone of what we do, so it's incredibly important we find the right individuals to join us. As a potential new recruit, you'll be invited to a selection day, where you get the chance to see what working for Eurofins is really like. This will give us the opportunity to see if you believe in what we believe in and if your individuality, will make our team great.

Closing Date

This position will be advertised until close of business Friday 17 November 2017. Please note, we reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers. Therefore we would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible.

If you are interested in the position, please apply here.


Eurofins Scientific

Forensic Science Examiner

  • Location: Teddington
  • Closing Date: Friday 17 November 2017
  • Apply here

From the analysis of conventional samples (blood, urine and oral fluids) through to the development and analysis of specialist samples (hair and nails), our range of detectable drugs and chemicals is unsurpassed across Europe offering an exciting opportunity as a Forensic Science Examiner to join our expanding team based in Teddington and be part of our growing business.

The Role

Examiners are responsible for the routine analyses of casework items and general housekeeping duties and work under the direction of a reporting scientist or senior scientist.

The Toxicology team is responsible for the analysis of body fluids and other biological material for alcohol, drugs and poisons in a wide range of criminal cases. Offence types encountered include affray, sexual assault, causing death by dangerous driving, homicide and sudden death. The team also undertakes analyses for H M Coroner in the investigation into the cause of death. We are looking for a Forensic Examiner to join our dedicated team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Analysis of casework samples using immunoassay techniques, GCFID, GC-MS, GC-QQQ, LC and LC-MS
  • Ensuring analytical data conforms to quality standards
  • Routine maintenance of laboratory systems and equipment
  • Calibration of equipment
  • Maintain the cleanliness and stocks of the laboratories and follow stringent anti contamination procedures
  • Input some data onto an internal case management system.

What We Are Looking For

Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Appropriate scientific qualification, usually to degree level or equivalent.
  • Previous experience in sample preparation techniques e.g. L/L, SPE.
  • Previous experience in GC-MS, GC-QQQ or LC-MS using Chemstation, Masshunter or Analyst software.
  • IT literate including Word, Excel and Outlook.

Behaviours

  • Full commitment to and demonstration of upholding LGC values, respect, brilliance, passion, curiosity, integrity.
  • Good attention to detail, well organised, innovative.
  • Ability to work independently whilst responsive to direction when necessary.
  • Ability to cope under pressure, multitask and work to deadlines.
  • Strong team player.
  • Effective communicator.

Due to the highly sensitive nature of the work, applicants should note that security clearance will be required for this role. To gain security clearance you must have three years continuous residency in the UK prior to the application. Criminal convictions may prevent you from gaining security clearance.
This role may in addition require random alcohol/drug screening.

About Us

Eurofins Scientific is a leading international group of laboratories with over EUR 2.4 billion annual sales and over 30,000 employees with a network of 375 laboratories in 41 countries.

What Happens Next

Our people in our labs are the backbone of what we do, so it's incredibly important we find the right individuals to join us. As a potential new recruit, you'll be invited to a selection day, where you get the chance to see what working for Eurofins is really like. This will give us the opportunity to see if you believe in what we believe in and if your individuality, will make our team great.

Closing Date

This position will be advertised until close of business Friday 17 November 2017. Please note, we reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers. Therefore we would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible.

If you are interested in the position, please apply here.