Laboratory Support Team Leader

Edinburgh Genomics
Job Location
The University of Edinburgh
The King's Buildings
Mid Lothian
United Kingdom
£31,342 to £37,394 for 35 hours each week
Job Description

To lead the Laboratory Support Team in its role to support efficient operation of the Genome Science laboratories at the facility’s King's buildings site. To contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Genome Science Division through participation in joint operational decision-making and planning with other team leaders.

The post-holder must have a biological sciences degree qualification or equivalent, with relevant postgraduate experience in laboratory management. Understanding and experience of the key aspects of laboratory management (health and safety, laboratory management software and SOPs), and excellent project management, communication, team working, science writing, and presentation skills are essential.


1. University degree in Biological Sciences or equivalent 
2. At least two years post-graduation experience of laboratory management, preferably in a research facility or similar setting 
3. Demonstrable experience in developing, implementing and managing Standard Operating Procedures in biological laboratories 
4. Experience of documenting and managing Health and Safety procedures in biological laboratories 
5. Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral; excellent interpersonal skills and efficient time and project management skills 
6. Well-developed understanding of biological sciences and especially genomics. 

1. PhD in Biological Sciences 
2. Experience of laboratory management software, including stock inventory and Laboratory Management Information Systems (LIMS) 
3. Experience in documentation and implementation of quality assurance certifications

About Our Organization

Edinburgh Genomics is a thriving, high impact, international genomics facility based at the University of Edinburgh, providing access to the latest next-generation sequencing, SNP genotyping, microarray and bioinformatics technologies to researchers worldwide (see Using our state of the art data generation and analysis infrastructures, we collaborate with research teams throughout Scotland, the UK and Worldwide to enable leading-edge genomics research in all areas of the medical, biomedical, agricultural and environmental sciences. The facility is already one of the largest in the UK, with a turnover in excess of £5 million per year, and has recently (May 2015) expanded through the initiation of a high-throughput human genome sequencing capacity. The facility now operates as two divisions: Clinical Genomics and Genome Science. This position will be based in Edinburgh Genomics’ Genome Science division. EG Genome Science collaborates with partners in the full project life cycle, including project inception and design, grant application, data generation, data analysis and publication. Our highly-skilled staff of laboratory technologists, bioinformatics specialists and team leaders work together to assure high quality throughout our collaborations with colleagues across the science spectrum, and we pride ourselves on our accessibility and professionalism. 
EG Genome Science works closely with the research groups led by Mark Blaxter (with interests in environmental genomics, evolution and bioinformatics), Karim Gharbi (genetics and genomics of wild populations, genetic mapping informatics) and Mick Watson (metagenomics, gene expression and regulation, host-pathogen interactions and bioinformatics). 
Edinburgh Genomics has "recognised genomics facility" status with the three main UK research councils. Edinburgh Genomics is one of the two genomics nodes of the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility, has National Capability core funding from BBSRC, and was one of the two funded UK MRC High Throughput Sequencing Hubs.

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