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Assistant Laboratory Operations Manager

UK Biobank

UK Biobank, Cheadle, Greater Manchester

Permanent Full Time role – 35 hours per week

The Organisation

UK Biobank is one of the world’s leading biomedical data resources, based on a large prospective cohort study of 500,000 individuals from across the United Kingdom recruited between 2006 and 2010.  A rich variety of genetic, biochemical, lifestyle and health-related information is available on each participant, making the resource unprecedented in its size and scope. Enrichment of the resource continues, through questionnaires, physical measures, multimodal imaging, metabolomics and proteomic assay, whole exome and genome sequencing and the return of findings from research undertaken on the resource. These de-identified data – the largest and richest dataset of its kind – have been made accessible to many thousands of researchers around the world who are applying their expertise and imagination to make scientific discoveries that will improve human health.

The Role

The Assistant Laboratory Operations Manager (ALOM) will be responsible for the daily activities within the laboratory including the management of the staff and equipment. They will line manage the Laboratory Supervisors and support the Laboratory Supervisors in managing the available resource to deliver weekly throughput targets. The ALOM will work closely with the Laboratory Operations Manager to carefully plan new process implementation to ensure staff continue to work in a safe environment and the laboratory objectives are met. The ALOM will also work with the laboratory manager to improve and standardise existing processes.

This ALOM is involved in equipment management including co-ordinating equipment installations, troubleshooting equipment issues and liaising with external parties.

Experience with people management is essential as the ALOM would be involved in staff recruitment and on boarding, engaging and motivating the existing staff and managing the laboratory rotas.

This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to take ownership of the daily laboratory activities, implement working practices to support delivery of a range of projects concurrently and, with support from the Laboratory Operations Manager, to help shape the way the laboratory works.

To succeed in this role you will need to have the following:


  • BSc in a relevant life sciences discipline or equivalent
  • Experience of working in a laboratory at a supervisory level
  • Experience of working to the requirements of a relevant ISO standard (e.g. ISO9001, ISO17025, ISO15189, ISO27001), GxP or equivalent
  • Experience of creating and maintaining laboratory documentation, especially SOPs
  • Understanding of risk management within a laboratory setting
  • Experience of line management including recruitment and rota management/task allocation for an appreciably-sized team (headcount 10-20+)
  • Experience of using a LIMS product or equivalent complex information system supporting scientific work
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise workload individually and for the team in a fast-paced environment to support multiple projects and operational duties.
  • Excellent communication skills including proven ability to manage difficult conversations and communicate across all levels of an organisation
  • Experience of training and/or developing staff
  • Experienced user of Microsoft Office including – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio and Teams
  • Experienced user of automated liquid handling systems including troubleshooting / process development
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Proactive and self-motivated


  • Experience of working in a biobank or laboratory focused on sample curation
  • Experience of TECAN liquid handling systems and trained in Freedom EVOware
  • Experience of operating and troubleshooting sample retrieval from ultra-low temperature automated storage equipment
  • Professional qualification in people management

We offer a competitive salary, 26 days holiday (rising with length of service), membership of the USS pension scheme and several other employee benefits.

The advert will close on 3rd October 2021 at 5pm. 

Location: Cheadle
Salary: £32,500 to £37,500
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 7th September 2021
Closes: 3rd October 2021
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