Test Scientist

Location Royal Leamington Spa
Discipline: Lab
Salary: ££33,696 - £51,519 per annum + 10% Retention Bonus
Contact name: Nathan Mccarron

Job ref: RLS003_1635588029
Published: about 1 month ago
Startdate: ASAP

Test Scientist

Who we are: The Rosalind Franklin Laboratory is part of the NHS Test and Trace Laboratory network and is at the heart of the UK Health Security Agency’s plans for managing coronavirus (COVID-19).

When scaled up to full capacity, the laboratory will be able to process hundreds of thousands of tests a day, adding to what is already the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities in British history. It will play an important role in stopping the transmission of COVID-19, as well as ensuring the nation can respond quickly and at greater scale to deal with pandemics and other future threats.

The site has considerable benefits to the local area in terms of job creation and putting Royal Leamington Spa on the international scientific map with world-leading technology.

In this role you will have the opportunity to: work in a diverse branch of the Development and Innovation Group. The primary function of the scientific test team is to ensure the elimination of known risks to patient test outcomes in the successful deployment of changes in a high throughput diagnostic environment. As a member of the team, you be performing in two key areas. The first is the staged test and deployment of both system improvements and new diagnostic capability, responsive to new software and hardware technologies advances. The second is to ensure that all equipment removed from production is tested in compliance with ISO15189:2012 before redeployment.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Performing unit, integration, regression and load-based testing, interfacing between automated robotics and LIMS systems.

  • The test and re-commissioning of all serviced and repaired equipment on the diagnostic lines presenting formal reports to the quality team for sign off.

  • Perform Diagnostic end-2-end validation and verification activities

  • Support change control activities

  • Team specialisms include: Data Analysis, Quality Documentation, Training, Test Theory, Experimental design, Error simulation, method improvement


To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills & experience:

  • Previous experience or an understanding of test procedure and strategies needed to support continuous integration to meet business needs

  • A good, solid working knowledge of PCR is essential

  • Understanding and experience of technical troubleshooting of automated systems

  • Experience or working knowledge of best practice in a regulated environment

  • Has a creative approach to problem solving, identifying opportunity during change with the ability to communicate this effectively to the team

  • Must be familiar with clinical diagnostic test procedures and assays

  • Flexibility with a willingness to embrace change and enjoys working in a team environment



  • Science degree or equivalent industrial experience


In return we offer you: You will receive a minimum 18-month contract with opportunity to go permanent and competitive rate of pay £33,696 - £51,519 and a 10% retention bonus (paid at 9 and 18 months).

Working hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

If you would like to request any reasonable adjustments around start times, working additional hours, learning about different shifts or future opportunities around securing a permanent position, please speak to the team to learn more about how we can accommodate you.

Compliance: Please be aware that Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) including a media check is the required level of screening for all staff working at the Leamington Spa Laboratory.

Diversity: You will be joining a diverse and hugely welcoming team that reflects the communities we serve. We aim to foster a culture where individuals of all backgrounds feel confident in bringing their whole selves to work, feel included and empowering them to contribute fully at work.

If you're ready for a new challenge and want to be part of the team delivering this essential lab work, please apply today.

Please note: 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 (either SRG, Medacs, Lorien or Blue Arrow) within Impellam Group, in line with contractual employment terms and conditions set out by the respective Employing Agency, and not directly employed by NHS Test and Trace.