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Principal Analyst Drug Control Centre

Analytics, Environmental & Forensics

London, Waterloo Campus


  • Posted on: 02nd Nov 2021
  • Salary: £38,826 - £45,649 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 035745
  • Closes: 18th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

This is a unique opportunity to join the researchers and analysts of our World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited Drug Control Centre (DCC). The DCC is the only WADA accredited laboratory in the UK. The DCC played a key role in the Anti-doping bioanalytical testing programmes for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Cricket World Cup 2019, UEFA Euros 2020 Football Competition and Triathlon World Series 2021.

The role holder will contribute to existing research within the DCC and King’s Forensics portfolio as well develop their own research as appropriate including, the development of projects for funding from external bodies.

The role holder will also provide high quality analytical expertise and support for anti-doping work using GC-technologies within the DCC based in the Department Analytical, Environmental & Forensic Science.

The post-holder will be a recognised expert in the analysis of anabolic steroids

The role will include working with colleagues located in the DCC to provide expertise and analytical knowledge in a well-executed and timely manner – complying with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) and UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) requirements, as well as university policies (e.g., health and safety), funders’ terms and conditions (such as UK Anti-Doping) and always adopting Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

The post holder will contribute to the delivery of teaching and assessment in the area of analytical science particularly within the Department’s MSc and UG programmes.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract contract

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • To work closely with the Head of the DCC (Director, King’s Forensics) providing expertise in GC-technologies and the analysis of anabolic steroids maintaining the strategic objectives of King’s Forensics, the Department and School.
  • To carry out research in an area of anti-doping and maintain a track record of quality publications and academic presentations to both enhance the Drug Control Centre’s research reputation and the King’s Forensics profile and contribute to advancement of the field.
  • To communicate with multidisciplinary teams within the DCC and provide input into research design in your area of expertise with regards to the standards required by WADA
  • To contribute to the delivery of teaching and assessment in analytical science particularly within the King’s Forensics’ MSc programmes
  • To work in collaboration with the Deputy Director and Lead Analyst (GC-technologies) to develop, validate and implement new analytical test methods that meet ISO-17025 /World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) requirements.
  • To be responsible for the provision of a testing service for forensic and clinical customers within the confines of our WADA accreditation
  • As Examiner for the GC-MS screen to support the Lead Analyst (GC technologies) to achieve efficient sample throughput as per ISO 17025 and WADA requirements.
  • To support data review and interpret test results generated using GC/C/IRMS for compliance with WADA requirements.
  • To be a champion of quality assurance and work with the Senior Quality Manager under our ISO/IEC 17025 quality system to carry out quality assurance processes in accordance with UKAS and WADA requirements.
  • To maintain records via a training folder to show compliance with UKAS ISO 17025 and WADA requirements, contributing to the maintenance and improvement of the laboratory Quality Management system.
  • To work with the estates manager to ensure the infrastructure of the DCC is maintained including electrical and gas requirements.
  • Take decisions in collaboration with the Laboratory Operations Manager and the Deputy Director that impact the work on the analytical team in a positive manner and have long-lasting impact.
  • Manage specific operations (e.g., electrical and gas requirements of the DCC), ensuring efficient use of resources.
  • Identify income-generating and/or cost-recovery opportunities whilst working with the Head of the Drug Control Centre and Deputy Director of the DCC as part of the senior management team.
  • Support the Head of the Drug Control Centre in fostering a stimulating, innovative and inclusive cultural environment across King’s Forensics and the Department and the School, ensuring that processes and policies are visible, accessible, and transparent.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

  • Have the knowledge and experience to act as the subject matter expert for analysis of Prohibited Substances by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), and Gas Chromatography Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS).
  • Be able to provide in-depth knowledge on endogenous and exogenous steroid analysis and act as an expert for the London APMU steroid module.
  • Demonstrate advanced, in-depth knowledge of working in an accredited environment such as IEC/ISO 17025 (and/or WADA).
  • Have the ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others.
  • Have significant advanced analytical expertise in GC technologies including GC-C-IRMS with a thorough understanding of the underlying scientific theory, and proficient in the use of complex procedures requiring considerable laboratory skills.
  • To provide recognised in-depth specialist analytical expertise working co-jointly with the Principal Analyst, Laboratory Operations Manager and Lead Analysts, to support the routine accredited analytical service, supporting UK Anti-Doping and other customers
  • Worked as a certified analyst or equivalent in an accredited laboratory and ability to lead on methodological innovation.
  • The post holder is expected to manage their own workload and is expected to be flexible in anticipating and responding to shifting and competing demands on their and the wider team’s time. It is expected that the post will work without regular supervision but will refer to their line manager/s for advice on issues which fall outside existing regulatory or policy frameworks.

Essential criteria

1. Relevant postdoctoral qualification, or equivalent, plus substantial work experience in a relevant analytical/ scientific post.

2. Experience in designing, developing, and managing research projects including leading or supporting the development and submission of grant applications and funding proposals

3. Evidence of writing high quality papers for peer review publication or reports and presenting research at meetings or conferences

4. Authoritative knowledge of analytical practices, methods and procedures applied to GC-MS technologies including GC/C/IRMS with a full understanding of the theory underpinning this.

5. Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office packages, use of databases and statistical software packages.

6. In-depth functional and technical knowledge in anti-doping and laboratory practice to a high standard, as detailed in the Job Description.

7. Expertise in problem solving, by having carried out tasks and projects and adjusted plans in the light of potential and actual problems.

8. Self-motivated, with the ability to work under pressure & to meet deadlines

Desirable criteria

1. Teaching qualification in a relevant scientific area.

2. Proven track record in anti-doping in a relevant analytical post with management experience.

3. A commitment to professional development and a willingness to learn new

4. Analytical techniques

5. Strong publication record

Further information

About the Faculty


About the School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences


About the department of Analytical, Environmental & Forensic Sciences


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