Consultant Embryologist


Beacon CARE Fertility (BCF)

Reports to

Clinic Director, Board of Directors

Nature of Contract

Permanent, full or part time considered

Purpose of the Role:
Essential provider of consistent and high standard clinical Assisted Reproductive Technologies services to the Beacon CARE Fertility.


Must be of good character.

The individual must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the post and be in a state of health, that would indicate the ability to render regular and efficient service.

Essential Qualifications
The Head of Embryology must possess postgraduate qualification in the field of Medical or Biological Science.

The Head of Embryology must have extensive IVF laboratory experience and techniques with experience in aspects of the field of clinical embryology, including IVF, ICSI, embryo biopsy/PGS, cryopreservation of gametes and embryos.

Essential Knowledge / Professional Knowledge

The Head of Embryology must be fully aware of the relevant scientific, medical, ethical and legal nature of the field of assisted human reproduction.

The Head of Embryology must be fully aware of all protocols and procedures relating to the procurement, donation, testing, preservation, processing, storage and distribute of Tissues and cells.

The Head of Embryology must be computer literate, with a demonstrable working knowledge and experience of data handling, manipulation and presentation

The Head of Embryology must have full knowledge of all relevant national and European regulations, and their implications, both clinically and legally including SI 158 of 2006 and SI 598 of 2007.

The Head of Embryology must have the ability to work as a team leader and as a member of a team, in a clinical assisted reproduction laboratory setting.

The Head of Embryology must have good communication and technical writing skills in the English language and good interpersonal skills. An understanding of the need to be compassionate and sympathetic in providing care to all clients, given the difficulties and stresses associated with fertility treatment.

The Head of Embryology must have good planning and organisational skills.

The Head of Embryology must have sound academic knowledge, extensive in-house and vocational training, to be continually updated via a CPD programme, journal reviews, conference attendance and membership of professional bodies, ensuring that the highest quality, up to date and appropriate treatment options are available to our patients.

Other Requirements of Post
The Head of Embryology must show flexibility in relation to work schedules and rota and must organise and implement these.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Responsible for:
Supervising the embryology team in providing consistent high standard Assisted Reproductive Technologies services to Beacon CARE Fertility.

Implementation and supervision of all relevant embryology, laboratory and all other controls and SOP’s, released through the Beacon CARE Fertility Quality Management Systems

Heading up recommendations for treatments based upon test results, and intermediate recommendations during treatment, in association with medical colleagues. Daily patient specific decisions, such as assessing embryo fate i.e. transfer, cryopreservation, disposal.

Leading the lab team in suggesting procedural changes for subsequent discussion, approval and implementation, in association with the Group Director of Embryology for CARE Fertility.

Compliance of the lab team with conditions Tissue and cell direction SI 158 of 2006 and SI 598 of 2007.

Ensuring the security of the embryology laboratory

Complying with the requirement of Beacon CARE Fertility Quality Management System

Keeping abreast of current thinking and treatment innovations within the profession and ensuring involvement in research and development projects where applicable.

Encouragement and training of junior embryologists and the development of all team members.

Monitoring of performance and quality of service which can impact directly on treatment outcome.

Provision of accurate clinical data e.g. KPI monitoring and pregnancy results assessment and reporting.

Provision of accurate business data, e.g. cryo storage billing lists to accountants and associated financial implications.

Clear and professional communication with patients and staff. Ensuring the ability of the team to convey complex scientific information appropriately and empathetically.

Participation and completion of further education courses as required by Beacon CARE Fertility.

Health and Safety

The Head of the Embryology Laboratory must be fully aware of and co-operate in ensuring that effective safety procedures are in place, in compliance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and related legislation for the prevention of accidents and ill health at work (

Medical Tests:
The Beacon CARE Fertility may require an employee to undergo subsequent medical tests to ensure that she/ he continues to be qualified to hold the post on health grounds.

Notice: All employees, in the interest of the smooth operation of the Beacon CARE Fertility, are requested to submit three months’ notice of resignation in writing to the Board of Directors.

How to apply

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