Medical and medical support Biomedical Scientist

As an RAF Biomedical Scientist, you will work at the forefront of pathology, diagnosing clinical illnesses and infectious diseases, as well as monitoring responses to treatments.

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Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year £17,000+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £28,553 + Benefits

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 17 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology And Minimum of 112 UCAS points at A level (including at least one science subject) or equivalent
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Commit to minimum 12 years service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work in haematology, clinical chemistry, transfusion science, and microbiology
  • Receive, process and analyse clinical specimens
  • Perform compatibility testing to ensure safe use of blood and blood products

As a Biomedical Scientist, you will receive, process and analyse a range of clinical specimens in order to diagnose a variety of clinical illnesses, infectious diseases and monitor their response to treatment.  You will also perform compatibility testing to ensure the safe use of all blood and blood products, and be responsible for informing the clinician of any result that may directly affect patient management.  As a result, you will work in more than one specialist area to ensure you develop and maintain your skills in all the major disciplines of pathology.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

Whilst working in the laboratory, you will study for a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science at a nearby university and complete your Institute of Biomedical Science portfolio to register with the Health and Care Professions Council. You will then undertake a 16-week Military Biomedical Science course at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham.

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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

As a Biomedical Scientist, you will have extensive opportunities for further professional development, including the Institute of Biomedical Science Specialist Portfolio, the British Blood Transfusion Society Certificate and MSc degree.

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

You need to maintain your registration with the Health and Care Professions Council by participating in Continual Professional Development. Your First Tour Your first tour will be to a Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit within an NHS hospital. You will work in a small team of military Biomedical Scientists so that you gain confidence and experience.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

You join the RAF for a period of 12 years with effect from 1 April 15. After one year’s total service you will be promoted to Senior Aircraftman and be eligible for promotion to Corporal on successful completion of your degree and Health and Care Professions Council registration. Qualified entrants will be promoted to Senior Aircraftman following completion of Basic Recruit Training Course and promoted to Corporal on the first day of productive service. Promotion to Corporal and Sergeant is on a time promotion basis, subject to the completion of service courses.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

The graduate and postgraduate qualifications you earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – so should you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find a job as a civilian Biomedical Scientist.

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Be aged between 17 and 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday).

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
Chemistry C Grade 4 Grade 5
Physics C Grade 4  Grade 5
Biology OR Human Biology C Grade 4  Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

You MUST also have a Minimum of 112 UCAS points at A level (including at least one science subject) or equivalent.

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.

Following the Home Office announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance,  ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years. 

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

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