The main role of the post holder is delivery of the core services provided by the Human Biomaterials Resource Centre (HBRC). The HBRC is an HTA-licensed human sample biorepository and resides within the Advanced Therapies Facility (ATF). The ATF also houses both gene and cellular therapy manufacturing suites and is a quality controlled environment regulated by both the MHRA and the HTA.
The post holder will undertake the procurement and processing of appropriately consented quality assured and annotated biomaterials from patients in a wide range of disease settings for release or storage for biomedical research. In addition he/she will be delivering sample analytical and hosting services including samples collected from patients on clinical trials. They may be responsible for the oversight and delivery of all services associated with specific individual projects or collections.
The HBRC has developed into a key facility helping to deliver translational research programmes which are central to the College research strategy. The post is varied, requires a strong sense of initiative, the ability to work under time pressures, and also knowledge of the regulations, legislation and governance arrangements applicable to clinical research which uses human tissues and clinical trial samples. The post holder will interact with senior academic, clinical and surgical staff, and often with patients, therefore effective communication and strong interpersonal skills are essential.
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