Research Tissue Bank Manager

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented and inspirational manager with creative ideas to join us at a time where we are taking part in a major reshaping of the way we manage biological samples.

As the Head of the Research Tissue Bank you will play a fundamental role in developing and maintaining a highly efficient tissue provision and management service. You will work with other teams across the other core facilities and the wider institute to develop and implement new processes, as well as challenging the team and yourself to explore ways of improving quality and efficiency through new working practices, automation and process streamlining.

You will develop and lead a growing team of scientists and technicians, and you will be responsible for direction, setting standards, coordinating requests and helping them to prioritise work and hone their skills to ultimately provide a high quality and reliable service to the institute.

We will be establishing a HTA approved Research Tissue bank on site at the Sanger institute, to handle the collection and storage of the institute’s human tissues. To lead the establishment of the tissue bank and take responsibility of it day to day operation, we have created a new position of Research Tissue Bank Manager. As a talented manager with experience in a human tissue banking or sample management role, you will have the unique opportunity to shape the development of a new tissue bank. Establishing the team, the processes and systems required to allow us to safely and efficiently collect and store tissues, comply with the regulations and to maximize the scientific value from each and every sample.

In addition to the human sample collections, your team will also be responsible for assisting with the import, export and storage of non-human samples to facilitate important scientific programs such as the Darwin Tree of Life.

Essential Skills:

A degree in a relevant biological subject or equivalent experience
Significant expertise in handling, tracking and managing human samples
Experience working in a senior role within a tissue bank, sample management or similar team
Thorough working knowledge of Human Tissue Act, HTA licensing standards and the principles of Good Research Practice
Extensive experience in using sample tracking databases
Experience in developing Standard Operating Procedures, policies, standards and guidance
Highly developed communication skills with experience of dealing with people at all levels successfully
Experience of successfully line managing teams and resolving a range of people related issues
Ability to work on own initiative, prioritise, problem solve and to organise and manage the work of a professional team
Excellent relationship builder

Ideal Skills:
Project or programme management experience
Postgraduate qualification in biomedical sciences or a related subject, or equivalent experience

Application Instructions: 

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Application Closing Date: 
03 June