DNA Analyst
graduate scheme

DNA Analyst

from £19,000
Lancashire · Oxfordshire

Job description

We have vacancies for DNA Analysts available which would suit science graduates keen on developing a career either in forensic science or DNA analysis.

One of the roles is within our Identification Department where you will be part of a team logging samples onto our in house tracking system, conducting laboratory analysis, interpreting DNA profiles and reporting subsequent results to customers including government departments, private customers and the legal profession. These samples are for relationship testing (paternity/immigration) or for submission to the UK National DNA database.

Another role is in our Crime Stain DNA Department where you will be processing samples recovered by police from crime scenes for the investigation of a wide range of offences. You will be working within a team of highly skilled Forensic Analysts using innovative approaches to analyse and process samples to help solve crimes and also for submission to the UK National DNA Database.

Full details of both of these roles can be found on the company’s website.

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to the International Standard ISO/ IEC 17025:2005.

Company information

Established in 1987, Cellmark is part of one of the largest forensic and DNA testing companies in the world.

Cellmark delivers a broad range of DNA and forensic casework services and has a rich history of innovation and continues to pioneer the development of DNA and forensic analytical services. The company has a proven international reputation for quality, reliability and service excellence. Our customers include national and international government agencies, UK Police forces, Local Authorities, the legal profession and the general public.

Our culture
At Cellmark, we believe that our 500+ employees are truly our greatest asset. We appreciate the contributions and individuality of our staff.

We value integrity, professionalism and creativity and encourage a focus on teamwork and close -working relationships, all this; in a vibrant and fast-paced environment.

Our diverse employee population has a collective drive and passion to be the best at what they do and share the desire to make a difference.

Person requirements

Technical skills

  • Ability to work to GLP
  • Ability to apply molecular biology methods and techniques including DNA extraction, quantitation, PCR and electrophoresis
  • Understanding of Quality systems (specifically ISO17025)
  • The ability to use standard software packages (Microsoft Office) and computerised sample tracking systems

Non-technical skills

  • Attention to detail and accurate record keeping
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • Awareness of customer needs
  • Accurate record keeping
  • Maturity and professional demeanour

Qualifications and experience requirements

  • Minimum A-level, preferably BSc or similar qualification in a biology or applied biology subject
  • Previous laboratory experience, DNA/PCR experience an advantage

Preferred degree subjects:
Biology, genetics, chemistry, forensic science, biomedical science and other life science degrees

Accepted degree subjects

biology and life sciences · chemistry


from £19,000

Salary is dependent on experience. Attractive benefits package including pension, private healthcare, 25 days per year holiday, income protection insurance, subsidised gym membership, employee assistance programme and childcare vouchers


Lancashire · Oxfordshire

Contract and working hours


How to apply

Number of vacancies: Various

Due to nature of the work we undertake, all applicants must have the ability to gain security clearance to SC level and have lived in the UK continuously for the past three years.

Candidates must send a covering letter along with their CV via the apply now button.

When applying, please specify the location you are interested in.

Closing date: Continuous recruitment

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 31/07/2018

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