Healthcare Science Assistant (Medical Laboratory Assistant) X2. (You are required to work 3 7.5 hours per week).

We have two Medical Laboratory Assistant positions available in this expanding Diagnostic Genetics laboratory. The purpose of the MLA posts are to provide technical support for a wide range of Laboratory Service teams within the Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Laboratory. The main roles will be in the production of chromosome preparations, cell culture, nucleic acid extraction and solution preparation, record keeping, storage of samples, pre-karyotyping of G-Banded preparations, stock handling, setting up PCR reactions for DNA sequencing which all in turn support the clinical service offered by over 120 staff. The post holder will additionally aid in the maintenance of the laboratory infrastructure and cleanliness of the laboratory.

Successful applicants will be methodical, tidy, able to work well in a team with good communication skills and able to meet deadlines. Applicants need a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent in Science related subjects or relevant laboratory experience. Previous laboratory experience would be an advantage; however, full training will be provided. There will be a requirement for weekend and bank holiday working on a rotational basis.

As part of the Diagnostics Directorate, the laboratory provides specialist services over a wide range of disorders which includes molecular pathology, cytogenetics and pharmacogenetics.

For further details please contact Rebecca O’Brien or Arie Sullivan on 0114 2717041 or email or

Closing date is 4 January 2019

Interviews will be held on Thursday, 10th and Friday 11th January 2019

All communication throughout the application process will be via e-mail therefore please check your e-mail account and NHS Jobs account regularly. References are also requested by email (where possible). Therefore, to speed up the recruitment process please provide an email address for all referees when completing your application form.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If a DBS check is required for the post you are applying for any offer of employment will be provisional on a satisfactory DBS check being obtained.

In line with other NHS Organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber Region a successful candidate appointed into a post within this Trust will be required to pay the DBS check fee (£49). This is customarily payable over 4 months as a salary deduction once employed by the Trust. If you receive a conditional offer letter, complete your DBS application and later withdraw from the recruitment process, an invoice will be raised via the Trust’s finance department to recoup the outlay.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in accordance with the Equal Opportunities policy is committed to treating all individuals equally irrespective of age, race, social background, gender, sexual preference, colour, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, marital status, religion or trade union membership.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancies earlier than originally stated, if sufficient applications are received.

Please note that Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust do not reimburse any incurred interview expenses.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.