Senior Scientist

Posted 4 days ago by Q2 Solutions
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Salary negotiable
Livingston , West Lothian
Permanent, full-time
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Candidates must have comprehensive experience in Clinical Microbiology (hcpc Registration beneficial). Working knowledge of VITEK 2, Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and Enteric cultures preferred .


Manage instrumentation and technologists to ensure that laboratory results are reported accurately and in a timely manner. Maintain supply inventory and communicate operational issues to management. Perform routine testing and troubleshoot problems. Assist Laboratory management with the development of new methods, safety, and training.


Oversee the daily responsibilities of an assigned technical area. Initiate training of new staff within the technical group. Train staff Medical/Histo Technologists and Medical/Histo Laboratory Technicians and/or Assistants in proper laboratory techniques for existing and new methods. Evaluate daily performance of staff for adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and efficient workflow. Act as primary resource for Medical/Histo Technologists and Medical/Histo Laboratory Technicians and/or Assistants in the technical area to resolve testing issues and analyser maintenance. Maintain quality control of laboratory testing to ensure accurate and timely lab reporting. Document corrective and preventative actions taken using good documentation practices. Perform moderate/highly complex analysis of patient specimens. Evaluate validity of specimen results as per SOP guidelines. Document all corrective actions taken. Assist management in establishing new methodologies. Assist in completion of validation packages. Participate in selection process for new instrumentation. Assist management with implementing SOPs for laboratory testing and safety procedures. Implement changes in laboratory notifying all employees of necessary changes. Notify management when updates to department SOP manuals are needed to reflect procedural changes. Follow safety procedures as per laboratory SOPs. Collaborate with Project Manager with client requests and concerns. Notify management of any delays in testing and any related factors. Identify appropriate vendors and orders laboratory supplies as directed by management in order to maintain consistent workflow. Participate in continuing education through self-study, attending off-site lectures and preparing programs to share with co-workers.

All responsibilities are essential job functions unless noted as nonessential (N).


In-depth knowledge of clinical procedures used in the area of responsibility In-depth knowledge of Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP) and other regulatory agency standards within area of responsibility In-depth knowledge of laboratory safety and infection control procedures and practices including standard precautions and hazardous chemical handling In-depth knowledge of laboratory equipment, instrumentation and terminology used in the area of responsibility Effective computer skills Ability to maintain effective reporting procedures and control workflow Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, managers and clients

Working knowledge of VITEK 2, Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and Enteric cultures


Bachelor's degree or educational equivalent in Medical/Histo technology with relevant experience or equivalent combination of education, training and experience Applicable certifications and licenses as required by country, state, and/or other regulatory bodies


Work is performed in a laboratory environment, full manual dexterity and visual acuity required May be exposed to potential physical harm from hazardous chemicals, infectious diseases, blood-borne pathogens, toxic materials, toxic gases, electrical hazards, dangerous tools and equipment

Required skills

  • Laboratory
  • Microbiology
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Technologists
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