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Eurofins Scientific

Trainee reporter Toxicology

  • Location: Teddington
  • Closing Date: Friday 17 November 2017
  • Apply here

From the analysis of conventional samples (blood, urine and oral fluids) through to the development and analysis of specialist samples (hair and nails), our range of detectable drugs and chemicals is unsurpassed across Europe offering an exciting opportunity as a Trainee reporter Toxicology to join our expanding team based in Teddington and be part of our growing business.

The Role

Undertake a period of training and mentoring with a view to becoming a reporting officer who will provide effective management of casework, delivering cost-effective case strategies, high quality results and scientific interpretations to clients, in a timely manner resulting in production of a witness statement or oral testimony in Courts of Law and to assist in the analytical processes as appropriate.

Key responsibilities:

  • Adhere to all aspects of the customer Operational Protocol and Quality Manual
  • Ensure all work (including sub-contractors) is authorised, completed to contracted / agreed timescales and to estimated cost if applicable.
  • Train to report at least one case type.
  • Receive mentoring in order to devise appropriate case strategies incorporating quality considerations and a cost-effective approach.
  • Ensure all critical findings are checked in line with standard operating procedures
  • Manage the integrity and continuity of exhibits, including their return
  • Manage caseload in a timely manner, with support from mentor.
  • Communicate with the customer as appropriate.
  • Provide support to the analytical section as appropriate.
  • Check analytical data as appropriate
  • Seek continual improvement of methodology and processes that will have a positive impact on the quality and effectiveness of the team.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Undertake training in case type/s agreed with mentor/CWL.
  • Support reporters with their individual caseloads by drafting statements, interpreting analytical results.
  • Undertake expert witness course in timescale agreed with mentor/CWL.
  • Work within Standard Operating Procedures and company policies and procedures.
  • Continually review processes and procedures with a view to improvement of quality and cost effectiveness.
  • Maintain awareness of lab and reporting quality.
  • Communicate effectively with the customer throughout each case to ensure expectations are understood and adhered to. This includes scientific aspects in addition to authorisation / financial obligations and delivery dates

What We Are Looking For

Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Sufficient laboratory experience to identify and understand the issues likely to arise in the types of cases processed, in both scientific and case management terms.
  • Good general business awareness and solid understanding of the various requirements of customers.
  • Science based degree.

Preferred Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Fully trained and competent in analysis of standard Toxicology sample types, e.g. blood, urine, whether practical or theoretical.
  • Fully trained and competent in analysis less common sample types, e.g. tissue samples, whether practical or theoretical.
  • Fully trained and competent in analysis/interpretation of results containing common and less common drug types, whether practical or theoretical.
  • Previous experience of working in a busy laboratory environment.

Behaviours

  • Must display patience, determination, attention to detail and integrity at all times.
  • Able to manage a flexible workload; show good organisational skills and high levels of personal resilience with the ability to work to deadlines under pressure.
  • Good attention to detail, well organised, innovative.
  • Maintains clear communications with customers, clarifying expectations and monitoring satisfaction levels.
  • Communicate and work co-operatively with others (within the team, with other departments / sites or external associates) focussing on a collective rather than individual goal.
  • Demonstrate initiative; adopting a pro-active attitude to continuous improvement within the areas of science, quality and efficiency.
  • Exhibit high levels of concentration, accuracy and reliability (scientifically, within the quality area and financially).
  • Act as a role model for junior analysts/examiners and take on supervision of those staff as and when deemed appropriate. Willing to take on extra duties or responsibilities for the team/department.

About Us

Eurofins Scientific is a leading international group of laboratories with over EUR 2.4 billion annual sales and over 30,000 employees with a network of 375 laboratories in 41 countries.

Eurofins has a network of 16 sites in the UK and the Group provides an unparalleled range of over 100,000 reliable and validated analytical methods and support services to the pharmaceutical, food, environmental and consumer product industries, and to governments.

What Happens Next

Our people in our labs are the backbone of what we do, so it's incredibly important we find the right individuals to join us. As a potential new recruit, you'll be invited to a selection day, where you get the chance to see what working for Eurofins is really like. This will give us the opportunity to see if you believe in what we believe in and if your individuality, will make our team great.

Closing Date

This position will be advertised until close of business Friday 17 November 2017. Please note, we reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers. Therefore we would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible.

If you are interested in the position, please apply here.


Eurofins Scientific

Toxicology Team Leader

  • Location: Teddington
  • Closing Date: Thursday 30 November 2017
  • Apply here

From the analysis of conventional samples (blood, urine and oral fluids) through to the development and analysis of specialist samples (hair and nails), our range of detectable drugs and chemicals is unsurpassed across Europe offering an exciting opportunity as a Toxicology Team Leader to join our expanding team based in Teddington and be part of our growing business.

The Role

The primary purpose of this role is to lead one of a number of small teams of reporters within the Toxicology department to ensure team members execute all aspects of their work to the quality and TRTs required by our customers and in the most cost effective manner possible.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of reporters in the day to day delivery and management of their work to the satisfaction of the customer. Work with the Toxicology Operations Leads to achieve organisational goals, as demonstrated through KPIs (Quality, productivity, communication, career development).
  • Agree priority tasks and targets in conjunction with individual team members to ensure target dates and TRT’s are met and that WIP is invoiced in a timely manner
  • Enable casework team members to meet said targets / priority tasks by identifying and making available required resources (e.g. checkers etc.)
  • Liaise with staff in the casework team to identify priority tasks.
  • In conjunction with the Toxicology Operations Leads to continuously monitor performance of individual casework team members and assist in any required remedial actions, such as reviewing outstanding WIP for individuals within their teams and monitoring upcoming delivery dates for individuals within their team.
  • Implementing quality and scientific recommendations.
  • Carrying out performance appraisals with individual casework team members
  • Oversee mentoring and professional development of casework team members in conjunction with Scientific Advisor and Toxicology Operations Leads.
  • When necessary, liaise with other Casework Leads and managers to identify resources from outside the team.
  • Continually review processes and procedures with a view to improvement of quality and cost effectiveness.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Undertake own casework. A target of billable hours – which will recognize the number of reporters in the team – will be agreed with the Operations Leads in this regard.
  • Meet 95% of TRT’s.
  • Meet utilisation target set by Operations Leads.
  • Meet case closure target set by Operations Leads.

What We Are Looking For

Behaviours

  • Identifies and understands the needs of customers (internal and external) and responds positively, enhancing the reputation of LGC Forensics.
  • Maintains clear communications with customers, clarifying expectations and monitoring satisfaction levels.
  • Works co-operatively with others, both within own team and with colleagues or external associates and focuses on collective rather than individual goals.
  • Sets expectations and lays out clear objectives for the team.
  • Leads others by communicating a clear plan and coaching them to meet its requirements.
  • Able to inspire others with clear and understandable performance metrics.
  • Able to achieve results through others and to motivate a team to deliver planned objectives.
  • Recognises the need for structure and clarity, and identifies priorities and actions to enable the delivery of short term results or meet service delivery standards/ objectives; then communicating these to the appropriate people.
  • Able to develop both individual and tactical plans and implement them effectively and on time.
  • Identifies development needs and seeks and provides opportunities to realise potential.
  • Provides and seeks coaching to improve job performance. Provides and seeks coaching, training and experiences designed to assist long-term personal growth and development.

Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Sufficient casework experience to identify and understand the issues likely to arise in the types of cases processed in teams, both scientific and case management related.
  • Good general business awareness and solid understanding of the various contractual requirements of customers served by teams/sites.
  • Strong leadership skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

  • Financial skills (P&L).
  • Excel skills.

About Us

Eurofins Scientific is a leading international group of laboratories with over EUR 2.4 billion annual sales and over 30,000 employees with a network of 375 laboratories in 41 countries.

Eurofins has a network of 16 sites in the UK and the Group provides an unparalleled range of over 100,000 reliable and validated analytical methods and support services to the pharmaceutical, food, environmental and consumer product industries, and to governments.

What Happens Next

Our people in our labs are the backbone of what we do, so it's incredibly important we find the right individuals to join us. As a potential new recruit, you'll be invited to a selection day, where you get the chance to see what working for Eurofins is really like. This will give us the opportunity to see if you believe in what we believe in and if your individuality, will make our team great.

Closing Date

This position will be advertised until close of business Thursday 30 November 2017 . Please note, we reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers. Therefore we would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible.

If you are interested in the position, please apply here.


Fredric Rieders Family Foundation

Research Scientist I (Tox Post-Doc)

  • Location: Willow Grove, PA, USA
  • Job Type: Regular Full-Time
  • Contract Term: Full-time
  • Shift: 1st
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:00pm

The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) (www.forensicscienceeducation.org) at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation (FRFF) provides forensic science education programs, courses, and seminars at the high school, graduate and post-professional continuing education level. We operate a facility with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation dedicated to the support of our educational and research mission. Available analytical equipment includes thermal cyclers and genetic analyzers, HPLC, GCMS, HS-GCMS, LCMSMS, LCTOF, and a range of microscopes and other laboratory equipment and instrumentation. FRFF receives support from NMS Labs, the nation's leading independent provider of professional laboratory testing services, specializing in clinical toxicology, forensic science, and other vitally important areas of esoteric testing and expert services, and offers opportunities for collaboration to Foundation staff.

Located in suburban Philadelphia, the Foundation offers a stimulating and diverse work environment with competitive salary/compensation plans and great benefits, including medical/dental/vision/prescription plan, life/STD/LTD, flexible spending account, paid time off and a 401k plan.

The Foundation is seeking a regular, full-time, Research Scientist I (Tox Post-Doc) to join their staff.

SUMMARY
The Postdoctoral Fellow leads research projects and initiatives in bioanalytical methods based in forensic toxicology, biology or and chemistry using Serology, DNA Analysis, HPLC, LC/MS/MS, GC, GC/MS, LCQTOF and other techniques. In this position, the individual will participate in ongoing research projects, recommend and implement technical innovations to improve quality, efficiency, profitability and service. Provides oversight and management of other technical staff, graduate students, and project staff. Position involves independent bench work and instrumentation operation and repair, method troubleshooting, preparation of SOP’s, and teaching and training other laboratorians. These scientists participate in professional conferences, industry meetings, and scientific publications. Innovative mindset, problem solving abilities, and interaction with other scientific staff are crucial traits in these staff. Demonstrated success in completion of complex development projects.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Proficiency with 3 or more of the following techniques as appropriate to the discipline: HPLC, GC, LC-MS/MS, LCTOF, LCQTOF, GC-MS, ICPMS (one must be LC-MS/MS or GC-MS), capillary electrophoresis, immunoassays, RNA/DNA extraction, PCR/ qPCR, Sequencing and other molecular methods; plus demonstrated expertise in at least one technique.
  • Demonstrates expertise in instrumental method development using modern instruments (including expertise in use of associated software) as well as sample preparation Toxicology/Chemistry: Develops complex & challenging bioanalytical assays for the identification and quantitation of biologically active compounds and their transformation products in seized drugs or biological fluids & tissues employing LC-MS/MS, HPLC, GC, and GC/MS technologies
  • Biology: Develops novel approaches in sample preparation of analytical approach for the identification of biological fluid and stains, and innovative approaches to analysis, sample preparation, purification, or data interpretation in DNA analysis.
  • Participates in development and preparation of grant applications
  • Trains staff and students to understand and apply chemical and instrumental methods
  • Serves as internal consultant in troubleshooting and development issues throughout the organization
  • Documents and adheres to QA and QC methods, and prepares and prepares and maintains SOP’s
  • Maintains currency with relevant literature and current topics, and performs literature searches
  • Participates in providing continuing education
  • Publishes in the scientific literature and presents at scientific meetings
  • Recommends and implements new programs
  • Other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

  • Possesses oral and written communication skills, and good computer skills (including use of word processors, spreadsheets and data analysis software).
  • Excellent technical writing skills
  • Meets regulatory compliance standards and has knowledge of and follows proper safety practices
  • Ability to effectively present technical information and respond to questions in an understandable manner.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex technical data, procedures, and instructions in verbal, written, mathematical or diagrammatical form.
  • Ability to define and resolve problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to write presentations and articles using original or innovative techniques or style
  • Ability to make effective speeches/presentations to management, public groups and/or scientific forums

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Ph.D in chemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, biology, molecular biology, genetics or related science
  • 3 years of experience in sample prep, relevant instrumentation, method development
  • Track record of peer reviewed publication(s) and presentation at scientific meeting(s)

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK CONDITIONS

  • Ability to hear
  • Vision (with correction) including color, distance, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Standing, reaching with hands and arms, and using hands and fingers to manipulate instrument or equipment controls, computer keyboard, office equipment, objects or tools
  • Movement from one work location to another
  • Sitting and standing, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Lifting objects up to 20 lbs.
  • Exposure to intermittent or constant sounds generated by equipment
  • Exposure to fumes, noxious odors and dust
  • Exposure to biological material and blood-borne pathogens
  • Exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Proximity to moving parts

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume and apply at www.nmslabs.com/careers.

Applicants will also be asked to provide transcripts upon application.

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*We are an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, citizenship status, otherwise qualified disability, or protected veteran status (disabled, Armed Forces Service Medal, recently separated, active duty or campaign badge).


Overseas Training Opportunity

There is a requirement for the services of two highly qualified and casework experienced Toxicology and Drug experts to join a team abroad for up to 3 months.

Training to be delivered in “English” and the primary deliverable is that the trainees will be able to understand both the theory and practical skills necessary for Tox & Drugs analysis and testing.

An excellent package will be paid to the successful trainers.

For further details and to register your interest please contact sarah.tarrant@inspiredtoxicology.co.uk