Sample Handler

Location Glasgow
Discipline: Lab
Salary: ££10.20 - £12.44 per hour
Contact name: Jessica Hill-Thompson

Job ref: GL0001_1642677155
Published: 4 months ago
Startdate: ASAP

Fixed Term Contract - Full Time

We're currently seeking Glasgow based Sample Handlers to work within a high output diagnostics laboratory environment as part of the UK's NHS Test and Trace programme. Based at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, no experience is needed and you'll be offered full training.

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 extending your already accomplished technical skills and positioning your Scientific career for further success and growth.

This opportunity for Sample Handlers requires individuals with the right mindset to support the smooth running of the laboratory.

Your responsibilities:

  • taking receipt of samples
  • removing exterior packaging (unboxing)
  • working in a controlled area to remove clinical samples from safety bags (unbagging)
  • transferring clinical samples to the laboratory
  • accurate record keeping
  • identifying samples unsuitable for testing
  • removing packaging waste

This role requires the following skills:


  • A courteous manner
  • Good communication skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to follow specific instructions
  • Ability to work productively within a team
  • Understanding of relevant health and safety policies and procedures relative to the role


  • Manual handling skills

In return:

We have 2 shifts available:

  • 13.00 to 23.00 - Pay is £10.20 per hour
  • 03.00 to 13.00 - Pay is £12.44 per hour

You will work on a 4 on 4 off shift pattern, which will include weekends.

You will initially temp, before going onto a direct contract.

You'll receive comprehensive training on relevant lab procedures and equipment during induction.

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.