We are seeking an experienced Laboratory Manager to oversee the TwinsUK Biobank and sample processing laboratories. TwinsUK is one of the world's most used genomic resources which has contributed to over 700 scientific papers over the last 30 years. It is managed by the Department of Twin Research in the School of Life Course Sciences within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine at King's College London. The TwinsUK Biobank now has over 600,000 biological samples from multiple tissues, collected over nearly 30 years from 15,000 twin research participants. The collection prides itself on being at the forefront of science, with new sample collections frequently being implemented and dispatched, in collaboration with scientists from all over the world. Governance and safety are laid down under Health Research Authority (HRA) Research Ethics committee and the Human Tissue Authority (HTA).
The Biobank Manager has a vital key role in TwinsUK, managing all aspects of the laboratory and the laboratory team, working on projects alongside lead academics and Senior Project Managers. Your role will be to maintain, improve and support all laboratory processes to the highest standards, whilst ensuring laboratory projects are delivered on time, within budget to enable the best science.
You will provide leadership, management, governance and overall responsibility for the efficient and management of the Department's Biobanking operations, which includes a blood laboratory and specialist microbiome laboratory. You would be responsible for the development and co-ordination of the technical operation of the Biobank and laboratory infrastructure, working under agreements and regulations of King's governance, and with best ethical practice and according to GCP, HRA, HTA, H&S, GDPR guidelines and grant protocols. One initiative in the short term is to lead on our planned implementation of a LIMS system.
To succeed in this role you will need to have the following:
Excellent laboratory and project management skills - working on parallel projects, meeting key milestones and targets. Excellent people skills, both in interdisciplinary working and managing a team of laboratory professionals. Thorough knowledge of specific Biobank activities and logistics, including LIMS and/or bespoke sample databases, Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and Health and Safety regulations. Working experience and skills in processing multiple type tissues, including DNA from various human tissues, particularly blood and microbiome bio-samples, both by manual and automated techniques. Relevant undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification, or equivalent, plus substantial work experience in a relevant technical/ scientific post.
The Biobank Manager will report directly to the TwinsUK Executive Director. The post holder will be based in the St Thomas' Hospital Campus and will be required to work within other centres within the University and other collaborating Biobanks and laboratories.
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