Medical Laboratory Assistant

Permanent employee, Full-time · Huntingdon

Job Summary
​The Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) will play an important role in the day-to-day activities of the Cyted UK Ltd laboratory. The role holder will report to a Biomedical Scientist or MLA Coordinator. The MLA will perform routine technical and scientific work in the laboratory under the supervision of the Biomedical Scientists/MLA Coordinator. The role holder will be responsible for complying with local standard operating procedures (SOPs) for processing diagnostic specimens to a high standard. The MLA will be expected to work efficiently in a busy and dynamic environment, following the prioritisation of workload set by senior laboratory staff. They will also assist with training and support of Junior MLAs where appropriate. The role holder will be expected to maintain the highest standards of laboratory practice in line with policies and regulations.
Working Pattern and Location
The role is a full-time position with a standard 37.5 hour working week. The role holder may be required to work flexibly, including participation in a rota to work Saturday mornings every few weeks (overtime paid).
The Medical Laboratory Assistant will be based at the Cyted UK Ltd’s laboratory in Huntingdon, 2 Falcon Road, Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Huntingdon, United Kingdom, PE29 6FG.
What you will be doing
  • Booking in patient cases on the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). 
  • Assisting with specimen reception.
  • Undertaking routine laboratory techniques in line with applicable Standard Operating Procedures under the direction or supervision of a Biomedical Scientist or MLA Coordinator.
  • Assisting in the running and maintenance of slide scanning and uploading service for both diagnostic and research work.
  • Carrying out clinical specimen preparation and assisting dissection (cut up) under guidelines laid down by The Royal College of Pathologists.
  • Managing laboratory waste disposal including reagents and clinical specimens.
  • Receipt, storage and distribution of laboratory consumables and reagents, maintaining the departmental inventory control system.
  • Undertaking routine tasks essential to the general good maintenance and housekeeping of the laboratory e.g. daily upkeep of equipment, cleaning, washing up.
  • Maintaining the highest standards of laboratory practice in line with IBMS, UKAS 15189 and HTA policies.
  • Cytological processing of specimens obtained using Cyted’s oesophageal cancer early detection medical device.
  • Filing/dispatch of important diagnostic material including microscope slides, paraffin blocks, and paperwork.
  • Record keeping of various laboratory activities.
How we work
  • Our team works in an agile working environment, where everyone’s ideas and opinions are valued. If you have an idea for a process improvement, we want to hear from you!
  • As a growing business we can give you exposure to different areas of Cyted. Alongside your core role you will be able to gain skill and experience on projects right through the company, for example, you could work closely with our tech team to help implement new systems in the lab, or our sales team to help us grow our customer base.
  • Being a digital diagnostics business, we love exciting new pieces of tech. We invest in state-of-the-art equipment to help us give patients the results they desire faster.
  • You will get the opportunity to work in a bright and modern lab where you have the space to carry out your role to the best of your ability. 
Person Specification
  • You thrive working in a team
  • You have a strong work ethic
  • You have great attention to detail
  • You have excellent written communication and feel confident communicating verbally
  • You are curious
  • You can demonstrate initiative
  • You can empathise with our patients
  • A salary of between £22,000 - £24,000
  • 25 days holiday per holiday year, plus public holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • An annual learning and development budget
  • Medical insurance including dental and optical cover
  • Life/critical illness cover
  • Social events including Christmas and Summer parties
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Electric Vehicle Scheme
  • Sabbatical 4 years of service
About us

Our mission is to revolutionise diagnostic methods to build a world where disease is prevented rather than treated. We focus on providing digital diagnostic infrastructure to drive the earlier detection of disease. Our technologies use artificial intelligence and novel biomarkers to unlock clinical insight and improve patient outcomes.

We develop and deploy digital diagnostic services for research and clinical use. Our services are designed to dignify and empower, placing patients at the heart of our services.

We are committed to inclusion and diversity and believe that having a team that reflects a broad range of experiences and perspectives will help us build software that is intuitive for our users (administrators, scientists, pathologist, doctors and nurses) and leads to the best outcomes for patients. We especially encourage applications from people who are underrepresented in the software sector and/or who have non-traditional education or career experiences.

We interview on a rolling basis, starting with a brief call to discuss what we're doing and whether it resonates with you.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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