Lab Support Worker

Location Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Discipline: Sample Handler
Salary: £ £8.85 - £11.07 per hour
Contact name: Jessica Hill-Thompson

Contact email:
Job ref: BALSGH001_1605797837
Published: 4 days ago
Startdate: 30/11/2020

Fixed Term Contract

We're currently seeking Lab Support Workers based in and around Gateshead 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.

Your responsibilities:

The Lab Support Worker is part of a clinical support team who will carry out a variety of laboratory duties including sample receipt, sorting, unpacking, stock control, data entry, primary specimen preparation, virus inactivation procedures and set-up of COVID-19 tests under the supervision and guidance of your Team Leader.

You will work as part of a team to carry out varied tasks including specimen reception, labelling, registration, and pre-analytical and analytical sample preparation and data manipulation using the networked computer system.

As our Lab Support Worker, you will perform basic laboratory tests and operate equipment. This will be carried out under the supervision of your team leader according to laboratory standard operating procedures and policies as you will be exposed to contained infectious materials.

Your experience:

In order to be successful, you'll need the following education, experience and skills:


  • Good standard of education, including GCSE Maths or English (or equivalent)


  • Self-organisation & ability to prioritise
  • Effective verbal & written communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Effective key board skills & accurate data input
  • High level hand-eye co-ordination for speed & accuracy
  • Understanding of health & safety

In return:

As well as a competitive rate of pay, you'll receive comprehensive support training on relevant lab procedures and equipment.

This role will work on a day time shift pattern and will include 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 focused 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.

If of interest and you meet the criteria of the below, please apply via the following link after applying.