Laboratory Equipment Manager

Location Royal Leamington Spa
Discipline: Lab
Salary: £Negotiable
Contact name: Nathan Mccarron

Job ref: RLS005_1613756836
Published: 12 days ago
Startdate: ASAP

Fixed Term Contract

We have several opportunities for experienced Laboratory Equipment Managers based in and around Leamington Spa who are comfortable working 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 in a fast-paced and dynamic laboratory environment.

This represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to go above and beyond to support public health, while also extending your already accomplished technical skills and positioning your Scientific career for further success and growth.

If of interest and you meet the criteria of the below, please apply today.

Your responsibilities:

As a Laboratory Equipment Manager, you will be responsible for managing the equipment needed for patient sample processing.

You will be the first port of call for equipment failure investigation and diagnosis where possible. Additionally, you will also be responsible for contacting the relevant equipment engineer and ensuring the correct tools/services are present for the resolution of equipment issues.

You will then oversee any repairs and ensure the correct documentation is produced and completed by the relevant personnel following a report and repair.

As Lab Equipment Manager, you will also be responsible for lab equipment upkeep. To this end you will need to liaise with the purchasing department (the people who physically arrange for repairs/servicing payments) and the legal team (to make sure contracts are in place for this).

You will also responsible for communication of equipment failure to wider teams e.g senior management, logistics/process team and all activities must be completed to the laboratory's accreditation standards.

This role requires individuals who are keen to problem solve and think critically about the issues in hand.

Your experience:

In order to be successful in the role of Laboratory Equipment Manager, you'll need the following education, experience and skills:


  • BSc Honours degree in a biological science


  • Extensive experience in a laboratory setting (academic, clinical or industrial)
  • Experience of using a biosafety cabinet
  • Experience of using and troubleshooting PCR related equipment
  • Experience of maintaining documents and procedures within laboratory accreditation specifications (ISO15189:2012 / ISO17025:2019)
  • A comprehensive understanding of health and safety protocols in a lab environment


  • Evidence of excellent communication and team-working skills
  • Evidence of excellent attention to detail
  • Evidence of organisation skills

In addition, the following education and experience are also desirable but not mandatory:

Please note that laboratory equipment managers are not required to have extensive knowledge on specialist equipment that will be used in the lab, as you will be given training. However, applicants should have some experience with common molecular biology equipment.


  • Degree in Biomedical Sciences
  • HCPC registered
  • PhD or significant experience of problem solving in a lab environment


  • Experience of using liquid handling robots (e.g. Hamilton liquid handling systems)
  • Experience of using automated RNA extraction systems (e.g Thermofisher Kingfisher Flex purification system)
  • Experience of viral RNA testing through end-point PCR (LGC end-point PCR systems)
  • Significant experience in molecular biology
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations and experience
  • Significant experience of handling human biological samples
  • Experience with handling human biological samples and working at containment level 2 or containment level 3

In return:

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 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.