SYNLAB UK & Ireland:

Band 5/6 Biomedical Scientist- Stem Cell

  • Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Manchester
  • Salary: ££28,407 to £42,618 Per Annum
  • AfC Banding: 6

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Band 5/6 Biomedical Scientist to join our Stem Cells team within the Blood Sciences department at The Christie Pathology Partnership. The Christie is the largest single site cancer centre in Europe and the first UK centre to be accredited as a comprehensive cancer centre; with more than 60,000 patients treated a year. Please note you must have the right to work in the UK.

Christie Research has more than 650 open trials and is the largest centre in the UK for commercial cancer trials. It is a Cancer Research UK Major Centre, part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre, and hosts the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility.  The Trust is also one of the “first wave” of hospitals offering CAR-T therapy on the NHS.

The Department provides laboratory support as an integral part of the HTA and JACIE accredited Stem cell and Bone Marrow transplant programme, a large and well established clinical trials programme and for cellular therapy including CAR-T cells.

Role outline:

Successful candidate will be required to take part in the processing, issuing and cryopreservation of Human Progenitor Cells (HPC). You will be expected to carry out testing and processing in closed systems and also in an aseptic environment. You will  carry out cytometry analysis of CD34+ and CD3+ cells from harvests, peripheral blood and frozen samples and reporting the results. Carrying out the setting up and QC of the flow cytometers according to SOP’s. You will be expected to liaise with the rest of the stem cell team, nursing staff and the FACS operators. You will need to carry out and produce reports on audits and validations according to the schedules, review SOP’s and other documents under the quality system and process documentation in accordance with the quality system.


  • Participate in and assist with clinical trials, the development of new tests or processes and validation of equipment ensuring at all times compliance with all policies as required by regulatory directives, accreditation bodies and local management policies and practices.
  • To provide technical advice to clinical staff
  • To perform and interpret routine and specialist tasks and to participate daily in the scientific and technical activities of the laboratory section under the supervision of senior staff.
  • Utilise the laboratory LIMS, Q-Pulse quality monitoring system and other application software according to authorised protocols including assisting in computer data entry, document review, non conformance review and quality assurance processes.
  • Demonstrate on going competency against training plans and participate positively in CPD (continuous professional development) activities.


  • HCPC State Registration as a Biomedical Scientist with a Biomedical degree or equivalent and evidence of CPD
  • Experience to post graduate diploma level e.g. Specialist portfolio (Band 6)


  • Progression towards a higher degree or management qualification
  • Experience of receiving, checking and sampling apheresis products under HTA and JACIE regulations.
  • Experience of working in a Cellular Therapy Laboratory, processing apheresis harvests in a cleanroom and preparing for cryopreservation.
  • Experience of handling liquid nitrogen.

At SYNLAB, we believe in nurturing a culture of well-being and ensuring our employees are supported both professionally and personally. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer an exhilarating rewards package, including our incredible Wellbeing Allowance worth up to £1,500 per annum for our esteemed team members working in Band 2 – 8c roles.  Additionally, for band 5 & 6 roles, where night shift is part of the role requirements, you will receive enhanced night shift payment. We are also offering a £5,000 joining fee on top of the Wellbeing Allowance.

About Us

SYNLAB UK & Ireland work closely with clinicians, hospitals, occupational health providers and clinical researchers to provide a complete pathology offering.

We operate in increasingly diverse environments which is reflected in our workforce, clients, customers, suppliers, communities and partners. We believe an inclusive workplace culture is the best way to source, attract and retain diverse and talented people, and create a sustainable, high-performing workforce.

We believe our staff is vital to the principle of making a positive difference to healthcare, therefore, we promote a culture of continuous personal development where scientists and staff have the support and resources to acquire new skills and build their careers through learning and development opportunities, coaching and clear career pathways.

We promote an open and collaborative culture where leaders act as role models and facilitate a two-way communication, engage with staff and stakeholders transparently and actively encourage feedback and suggestions.

Please note that we reserve the right to close any adverts once we have received a sufficient number of applications. If you decide to apply for this post but do not hear back from us within two weeks of your application, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

SYNLAB UK & Ireland is a committed equal opportunities employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable UK employment law.

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