Laboratory Technician

Location Plymouth
Discipline: Lab
Salary: ££12.84 - £15.64 per hour
Contact name: Thandiwe Major

Job ref: PLY765_1633709487
Published: 14 days ago
Startdate: 22/02/2021

Fixed Term Contract

We're currently seeking Lab Technicians in and around Plymouth 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.

This role will be working day and night shift patterns from 8am-8pm, or 8pm-8am, 4 days on, 4 days off. You'll switch from day to night shift on a monthly basis.

Your responsibilities:

A laboratory technician is part of a clinical support team whose purpose is to provide timely and accurate high-quality scientific information that will assist service users from the hospital and community, in the establishment of a clinical diagnosis.

You will work as part of a team and carry out varied tasks including primary specimen preparation, RNA extraction and data manipulation using the laboratory networked computer system.

You'll need to 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.

Actively participate in general laboratory duties including preparation of workstations at the start of a shift and cleaning down stations at the end of a shift. There will also be the requirement to store, retrieve and dispose of clinical specimens.

The poster holder will use practical skills to carry out tasks associated with the pre-analytical preparation of specimens within the COVID Hub Laboratory. Full training and supervision will be provided.

Your experience:

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


  • Foundation Degree in Health Care Science or equivalent level qualification


  • Effective computer and keyboard skills
  • Organised and methodical
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise work
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-organisation and the ability to prioritise.
  • Follow protocols and instructions accurately
  • Understand basic scientific techniques.

Please note that as a 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

In return:

This role will work on a shift pattern and will include day, evening and weekend shifts. We are offering an hourly rate of £12.82 per hour on a day shift and £15.64 per hour on a night shift.

You will also be joining a diverse and hugely welcoming team. Diversity 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.