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Senior Clinical Scientist (HCPC or equivalent registration)

Congenica is a pioneering digital health company enabling genomic medicine, revolutionizing the way genetic diseases are characterized and diagnosed, and providing life-changing answers.  Our end to end solutions, from sample to report, enable you to deliver world-class genomic medicine services and make important clinical decisions that transform the lives of patients and their families.

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Job Purpose 

Provide leadership and clinical genomics expertise (particularly in the field of Oncology – Molecular Pathology and Haemato-Oncology) as part of the Clinical Team in the delivery of Congenica’s products and services offerings.  Lead the provision of Congenica’s clinical interpretation services.

Main Responsibilities

Maintain, develop and provide genomic expertise in acquired cancer

  • Work with the leadership team and key stakeholders to provide in-depth clinical/scientific expertise, advice and knowhow in oncology (Molecular Pathology and/or haemato-oncolgy).
  • Work with key members of Congenica’s leadership team to provide support for ongoing development of Congenica’s new oncology offering to the market.

Manage, develop and be accountable for high-quality clinical research genomics service (rare and inherited diseases).

  • Accountable for the delivery and development of rare disease reporting services.
  • Lead (recruit, develop and retain) a team of clinical scientists to ensure the delivery of diagnostic grade variant interpretation and reporting to Congenica’s customers.
  • Identify and manage an external network of Clinical Scientists who will supplement the efforts of the internal team on an as-needed basis
  • Provide ongoing coaching and support to the teams CPD requirements
  • Report and  authorise complex findings.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with key internal and external/partner stakeholders.
  • Act in an advisory capacity
  • Be responsible for monitoring service performance and activity reporting against KPIs
  • Advise and work with the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Manager to maintain an ISO compliant Quality Management System.

Genome Data Analysis

  • As a senior scientist provide and communicate significant in-depth expertise of genomic disorders and their analysis to Congenica’s leadership team.
  • Provide significant in-depth expertise in the interpretation of next generation DNA sequencing data generated from genomes, exomes and panels including SNVs, ins/dels, CNVs and structural variation.
  • Initiate, develop and provide expertise in the interpretation and reporting of specific variant types as required, for example pharmacogenomic markers, acquired cancer markers etc.
  • Maintain and develop knowledge of bioinformatic analysis processes and resultant impact upon data interpretation.
  • Initiate and lead the development and implementation of new clinical workflows, protocols and services.
  • Take responsibility for report authorisation and timely delivery of reports.

Cross Team working

  • Work closely with and provide support and advice to Congenica’s Oncology team.
  • Provide support and training to Congenica’s customers and work to enable Congenica Sales and Marketing.
  • Work with Congenica’s Product and Development Teams to assist with the creation of innovative software and workflows for clinical and research use.
  • Provide high quality scientific/clinical content to Congenica marketing team activities.
  • Lead, manage and participate in the development and production of documentation and training materials.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Provide high level of scientific skill, knowledge and expertise in rare disease and oncology.
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts and abstracts for publication/presentation.
  • Undertake scientific presentations.
  • Participate in continual professional development (CPD) and training.
  • Maintain registration (HCPC or equivalent) and work within professional guidelines at all times.
  • Where appropriate work towards attainment of other professional qualifications.
  • Devise and provide cross-team training to other members of Congenica as required.
  • Be aware of and act in accordance with the organisations policies on Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and maintain professional standards in all aspects of the work.
  • To undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required.

Employee Profile

Essential – Attributes candidate must have on entering the role

Qualifications

  • Registered Clinical Scientist (HCPC or equivalent) in a genetic discipline
  • FRCPath part 1 or equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 year’s post registration experience in a diagnostic genomics laboratory, at least 2 of which should be in a management/leadership role. Experience of both rare disease and oncology is desirable.
  • BSc in Genetic/Genetics related subject (2i or above)
  • Maths and English language GCSE or equivalent (C grade equivalent or above)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Extensive scientific knowledge of inherited disease mechanisms and clinical impact.
  • In depth knowledge of acquired oncological disorders, mechanisms and clinical impact
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of a range of molecular genetics/molecular cytogenetics/molecular oncology laboratory techniques and their application to patient diagnosis.
  • In-depth knowledge of clinical, sample and data workflows and best practice in a molecular diagnostic laboratory.
  • Extensive experience of DNA sequence interpretation and clinical reporting for single genes, gene panels and exomes.
  • Extensive experience of writing and/or authorisation of diagnostic reports in a genomics setting.
  • Knowledge and experience of Quality Management systems and Laboratory accreditation (e.g. ISO15189).
  • Experience of writing and reviewing laboratory standard operating procedures.
  • In depth knowledge of next generation DNA sequencing methodologies.
  • Experience of service development and implementation in a clinical setting.
  • Significant experience of managing and leading teams.
  • Effective at training and mentoring.
  • Ability to think critically.

Related Experience

  • Use of software and/or bioinformatics packages for DNA sequence analysis and interpretation.
  • Effective communicator.
  • Evidence of CPD.

Behavioural Qualities

  • Friendly, approachable and builds positive personal and organisational relationships
  • Self-motivated and results-driven, problem-solver
  • Enthusiastic, hardworking, well organised and able to prioritise
  • Able to work with others, and willing to contribute to team
  • Professional appearance and able to produce high standards of work

Desirable – Preferred Attributes on entering the role

Qualifications

  • MSc/PhD in Genetics/Genetics-related subject
  • FRCPath or equivalent professional qualification
  • 5 years’ experience in a management/leadership role, in a diagnostic genomics laboratory, e.g. section head.
  •  2 years’ experience in a molecular pathology/ haemato-oncology setting.
  • Project management qualification.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • DNA sequence interpretation and reporting of panels, exomes and genomes from rare disease and acquired disease cases.
  • Extensive experience of diagnostic report authorisation.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of laboratory Quality Management System components
  • Hands on use and knowledge of next generation DNA sequencing methodologies
  • Supervision and training of students, pre-registration clinical scientists and clinical scientists
  • Project management experience

Related Experience

  • Use of bioinformatics packages for NGS assay design. 
  • Design, validation and translation into clinical practice of next generation DNA sequencing assays including targeted gene panels and whole exomes.
  • Authorship on high quality scientific publications
  • Experienced at presentation at scientific conferences and meetings

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