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What it means to be part of the NHS Test and Trace Labs

Sometimes the opportunity comes along to be a part of something really special. Working at one of our dedicated NHS Test & Trace laboratories across the UK, you will have the opportunity to be a part of history, helping us to recover from a national emergency. The world has never faced a pandemic quite like this in modern times and you will be part of the UK’s national COVID-19 testing.

Your work is critical to help us break chains of transmission. You will be part of a highly motivated and passionate group of people, who have come together from across the country, to work on one central cause. The world is relying on scientists to do what they do best and help us break chains of COVID-19 transmission, to enable people to return towards and maintain a more normal way of life.

You’ll have the opportunity to work with state of the art equipment to produce automated science and if you’re joining our Rosalind Franklin laboratory in Royal Leamington Spa, you’ll also be working in one of the largest diagnostic laboratories in the world.

Our ambition

Our ambition is large. Your work with us will have a big impact.

Whether you’ll join us as a Warehouse Operative, Junior Lab Technician or a Bioscientist Lead, we are all working towards one objective; to mass test for COVID-19 in order to find people with active infection who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. This is so that quarantine and rapid finding and testing of close contacts can interrupt spread. Winter poses an increased risk to the spread of the virus and it’s therefore vital that we continue to escalate our testing efforts.​


Early in your career

Due to the large scale nature of our laboratories there is room to grow from junior to senior lab technicians, and into supervisory and management roles. We welcome university graduates and offer training and accreditation of skills that can accelerate your career.

There are multiple stages in the testing process as so your day to day duties can vary, giving you variety in your work and expanding your skillset.


An expert in your field

Are you experienced in your field, or even one of the very best? Working as part of the national testing efforts of COVID-19 you can gain exposure to working in what will be one of the largest diagnostic laboratories in the country with other experts in the field.

Our roles incorporate revolutionary automated science with our state of the art technology creating bespoke processes for the testing process. This will allow you to stay current and put you at the forefront of your field.

Our benefits

We offer competitive rates of pay (with an uplift applied for night working). You will receive comprehensive training on relevant lab procedures and equipment.

Most roles work on a shift pattern and we offer day, evening and weekend shifts. We offer both temporary and permanent contracts. If you don't see anything at the moment, please join our Talent Pool so you can get the latest updates from us.

Be part of a UK legacy

The world was caught off guard by COVID-19 and nations are now committed to being prepared next time. You will be participating in a global investment to prepare and tackle future disease and virus outbreaks. Your work will help us ensure the safety of people in the future.

NHS Test and Trace is becoming part of the National Institute of Health Protection (NIHP). The NIHP’s primary focus is to ensure we have the best capability to protect people from external threats to this country’s health such as other pandemics, biological weapons, and infectious diseases of all kinds. To control infectious disease and deal with pandemics or health protection crises now and in the future.


"Testing samples in a global pandemic is crucial. It's what the whole country is talking about. It gives us a great sense of purpose but it's not always easy"

Lab Technician

"One of the best things about working here is that I've been able to work of different parts of the process - doing different tasks in the process makes the shifts more varied and you get detailed understanding at each stage"

Lab Technician

"Some of the samples we receive include messages from the person being tested. We love these - it reminds us why we are doing what we are doing"

Lab Technician

Are you interested in supporting the COVID-19 recovery efforts to help reopen society and the economy, but can’t see a role in a location near you?

We’re adding new roles and locations on an ongoing basis, so please click here if you’d like to apply to join our talent community and we’ll be in touch if a new location opens near you.