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Fixed Term Contract - No experience required

We're currently seeking Milton Keynes-based Lab Technicians 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 extending your already accomplished technical skills and positioning your Scientific career for further success and growth.

Your responsibilities:

As a Lab Technician, you will be required to process samples upon receipt at UK Biocentre in accordance to high quality standards and in line with laboratory processes.

You will be responsible for working to ensure that processes are carried out safely, efficiently, and to the laboratory's required standards. This includes creating and reviewing technical documents and SOPs compliant with the laboratory's accredited standards.

Your experience:

  • It's desirable that you to have experience of working within a high throughput processing environment, but this isn't essential and you'll be given full training.
  • Lab Technician roles are available across Sample Preparation, RNA extraction, and PCR teams (or equivalent for alternative assay procedures).

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


  • Good Standard of general education


  • Evidence of excellent communication and team-working skills
  • Evidence of excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work and think methodically
  • Pro-active attitude
  • Ability to manage own workload and prioritise tasks
  • Ability to work 12- hour day/night shifts patterns

In addition, the following education and experience are also desirable but not mandatory:

In return:

As well as a competitive rate of pay of £12.86 per hour, you'll receive comprehensive training on relevant lab procedures and equipment. The contract is initially until the end of September 2022.


  • This role works on 4 shift pattern and then 3 shifts over a fortnight
  • Shift pattern is 2 blocks as below:
    • First week on 4 shifts of Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
    • Second week on 3 shifts of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Do a month of days 8am to 8pm and a month of nights 8pm to 8am

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blue Arrow
29/01/2022 09:20:30
GBP 12.86 12.86

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