Tissue Bank Project Co-ordinator - Human Biomaterials Resource Centre

United Kingdom
Feb 08, 2019
Mar 04, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job purpose

This post is based in the Human Biomaterials Resource Centre (HBRC) which resides within the Advanced Therapies Facility (ATF) in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. The ATF also houses both gene and cellular therapy manufacturing suites. The ATF is a quality controlled environment regulated by both the MHRA and the HTA.

The HBRC provides sample procurement, processing, analytical and hosting services to both local and external biomedical research groups. Much of the activity is carried out under the HBRC regulatory infrastructure i.e. samples are procured, processed and stored/released under the HTA research licence and Research Tissue Bank ethical approval covering the facility. However, the number of clinical studies being conducted under project-specific governance arrangements wishing to use the HBRC services has increased. Several large research programmes in both the academic and commercial setting have either started to use the facility, or are due to start imminently. The HBRC is providing sample processing, analysis and storage services, and for many of the projects involved, the activity must be performed to standards compliant with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) regulations.

Duties and responsibilities

The main role of the post holder will be to co-ordinate the delivery of the large independent research projects, from initiation to completion, according to the agreed specifications, time, regulatory and quality standards. He/she will require excellent project management skills, the ability to manage time and budgets effectively, progress tasks concurrently and to work to deadlines. Also essential will be a sound knowledge of the regulations, legislation and governance arrangements applicable to clinical research, experience of handling human samples and good interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.

Person Specification

  • Knowledge of the regulations, legislation and governance arrangements applicable to clinical research which uses human tissues, clinical data and clinical trial samples e.g. Human Tissue Act 2004 (and associated Codes of Practice), laboratory GCP, Research Governance Framework, Data Protection Act, and an understanding of working within the NHS environment.
  • Excellent project management skills and the ability to manage time and budgets effectively, progress tasks concurrently and work to deadlines.
  • Experience of handling human samples, blood and tissue processing (histology, cell culture, nucleic acid extraction) and analytical techniques (e.g. immunohistochemistry), preferably within an HTA-licensed ethically approved tissue bank.
  • Biomedical research experience to enable effective interaction with a wide spectrum of research disciplines in order to see the likely areas of fruitful tissue collection and relevant technologies would be an advantage.
  • Ability to motivate staff, and achieve objectives within time and resource constraints is required.
  • Good interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills are essential.
  • Ability to identify areas for improvement and implement new approaches, services and systems.
  • Experience of Quality Management Systems and audit.
  • Ability to prioritise when there are conflicting demands and pressures.
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail.


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