NHS Healthcare Scientist Roles Open

No apologies for yet another post on these NHS posts – the deadline is really tight so we need to let as many of you as possible know in time.

I also know these jobs are particularly popular with lots of postgrads, especially in a year when other public sector posts are under severe pressure and “big pharma” seems to be imploding, at least in the UK.

Also, a real emphasis this year is on medical physics and engineering – a great chance for anyone in traditionally “hard technology” who also wants the chance for patient contact and a “caring” side to their work.

Even though you start the training by working on a Masters degree, I came across at least 6 PhDs in a class of about 30 trainee clinical biochemists, so you can start collecting degrees like stamps. Anyway, here’s the blurb:


UPDATE: NHS Scientist Training Programme opportunities

A full list of all the available STP training opportunities for trainee healthcare scientists in 2011 can be found here.

The deadline for all applications is 13 March 2011.

There are 75 vacancies in Life Sciences, 76 in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering and 30 in Physiological Sciences.

Details of each training post are now on the NHS Jobs website. Candidates may apply for up to four separate training posts.

You are asked to read the details about the programme and the job description and person specification thoroughly before completing the on line application form. Pay close attention to the requirements of the training post. Further information about individual training posts and the employing trust will be available on each job advertisement.

Assessment centres will be held between 4 April and 20 April 2011, and dates of the relevant assessment centre for each training post will be included in the vacancy details on NHS Jobs. Make sure you are available to attend the assessment centre for the posts for which you apply.

IMPORTANT: You are encouraged to arrange an informal visit to at least one laboratory or scientific department in an NHS trust workplace or clinic for a short period of time before the assessment centre stage. You can obtain contact details in the detailed lists of current opportunities.

Good luck!