Fixed Term Contract
We have several opportunities for Laboratory Equipment Technicians based in Royal 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.
As a Laboratory Equipment Technician, 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 Technician, 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.
In order to be successful in the role of Laboratory Equipment Technician, 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 technicians 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. Please also note you will be required to pass BPSS clearance.
Degree in Biomedical Sciences
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
As well as a competitive rate of pay, you'll receive comprehensive training on relevant lab procedures and equipment.
This role will work on one of the following shift patterns and will require full flexibility:
Part-time nights (Thursday and Friday) 10-hours shifts working two nights a week with varying start times. You will receive an average uplift in pay: 25% across this working pattern.
Part-time nights (Saturday and Sunday) 10-hours shifts working two nights a week with varying start times. You will receive an average uplift in pay: 35% across this working pattern.
We do also offer alternative shift options available, as follows:
Daytime (please note you will be required to work one weekend day per week on this shift)
Please note, successful candidates will be required to spend an interim period of up to 4 weeks on day shifts in order to complete comprehensive onboarding training before transitioning onto your shift pattern.
If you are interested in supplementing your PT hours by working additional shifts, whilst not guaranteed, overtime opportunities may be offered to cover holidays and absence.
To learn more, please speak to our team.
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.
Please be aware that BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standard) including a media check, is the required level of screening for all staff working at the Leamington Spa Laboratory.
If you're ready for a new challenge and want to be part of the team delivering this essential lab work, please apply today.
This job advertisement refers to an assignment with NHS Test and Trace. The Impellam Group is working in partnership with NHS Test and Trace so you will be employed on a fixed term employment basis with an Employing Agency within the Impellam Group and not directly employed by NHS Test and Trace. Employing Agencies belonging to the Impellam Group include SRG, Medacs, Lorien and Blue Arrow. Contractual employment terms and conditions will be set out by the Employing Agency.