Fixed Term Contract
We're currently seeking Junior Lab Technicians based in and around Royal Leamington Spa to work within a state of the art, high output diagnostics laboratory environment as part of the UK's NHS Test and Trace programme.
As well as playing a vital role in supporting society's return to a more normal way of life by helping to break the chains of COVID-19 transmission, you will also gain invaluable experience and exposure to some of the country's most highly skilled individuals in the scientific community.
This represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to go above and beyond to support public health, while also developing first-rate technical skills and setting your Scientific career up for future success.
You will be joining a supportive environment and will be provided with training and accreditation for the role and processes you are required to undertake.
As a Junior Lab Technician, you will be required to process samples from receipt, through to sample processing and storage, in line with laboratory and quality management processes. You will also be required to work in accordance to laboratory SOPs and ensure high levels of cleanliness in the laboratory area.
Junior Lab Technicians will have a familiarity with the lab environment and experience of running laboratory processes. You will support testing within a specific section of the process (e.g. sample processing, extraction, PCR preparation) and will work closely with Senior Lab technicians and Bio Scientist Leads to identify issues in the lab to facilitate timely resolution.
You will ensure that processes are carried out safely, efficiently, and to the laboratory's required standards, performing the role in accordance with technical documents and SOPs compliant with the laboratory's accredited standards.
This role requires individuals who have some experience working in a laboratory environment and a clear understanding of the health and safety protocols in a lab environment. Roles are available across Sample Preparation, RNA extraction, and PCR teams (or equivalent for alternative assay procedures).
In order to be successful, you'll need the following education, experience and skills:
- BSc Honours degree in a biological science (we also welcome applications from students who are expected to graduate in 2021)
- Experience in a laboratory setting (academic, clinical or industrial)
- Experience of using a biosafety cabinet
- A comprehensive understanding of health and safety protocols in a lab environment
- Evidence of strong communication and team-working skills
- Evidence of excellent attention to detail
In addition, the following education and experience are also desirable but not mandatory:
Please note that as a Junior Lab Technician, you are not required to have extensive experience across all desirable competencies described above and will be provided with training and accreditation for the roles and processes you are required to undertake.
- Degree in Biomedical Sciences
- HCPC registered
- Master's degree
- Experience in molecular biology, including PCR and immunoassays
- Experience of working with LIMS
- Knowledge of health and safety regulations and experience
- Experience of handling human biological samples
- Experience with handling human biological samples and working at containment level 2 or containment level 3
As well as a competitive rate of pay (with a 20% uplift applied for night working and end of contract bonus), you'll receive comprehensive training on relevant lab procedures and equipment.
This role will work on a shift pattern and will include day, evening and weekend shifts. Please speak to our team to learn more.
You will also be joining a diverse and hugely welcoming team. Diversity at NHS Test and Trace is about reflecting the communities we serve, holding the principles of equality and inclusion at the heart of everything we do and all that we stand for, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together. We aim to foster a culture where individuals of all backgrounds feel confident in bringing their whole selves to work, feel included and their talents are nurtured, empowering them to contribute fully to our purpose.
This is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity to join a team of highly skilled individuals, all focussed on delivering the best possible outcome.
If you're ready for a new challenge and want to be part of the team delivering this essential lab work, please apply today.