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Use your lab skills at NHS Test and Trace Lighthouse Laboratories

NHS Test and Trace is expanding its network of laboratories in the continued effort against COVID-19. As the UK enters the winter months, it is critical to continue to increase laboratory capacity. The British Society for Immunology has been contacted by them requesting help from individuals with laboratory skills to increase the testing programme during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a number of roles from junior positions including students with some previous lab experience, through to senior positions with lab management experience. 

They are looking for individuals who:

  • have lab management experience and/or are a HCPC registered BMS;
  • have experience working in a lab setting (academic, clinical or industrial), regardless of level; 
  • have a degree or postgraduate qualifications in a biological discipline;
  • Technicians, post-docs and graduate students with molecular biology experience, to join the existing lighthouse laboratories in Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Manchester, Newport, Charnwood, and Glasgow. They need over 400 technicians immediately, preferably conversant with PCR assay techniques (qRT-PCR and ePCR);
  • or are a current student with some previous lab experience, particularly in virology, microbiology, or biomedical sciences and you are seeking part time employment. Minimum requirements are experience in pipetting and operating within biosafety cabinets.

Vacancies are available on a temporary, permanent, full-time or part-time basis, with both short-term placements (starting at 1 month) and longer-term roles (up to 18 months) considered. 

Help us spread the news of these vacancies by passing this onto any other individuals, groups or networks with relevant qualifications and skills.


You can sign up for the National Testing Programme here. There are roles across the UK that may be of interest to a wide range of people with varying degrees of skills and qualifications. The roles are available on a temporary, permanent part-time and full-time basis. 

Visit the NHS Test and Trace recruitment website




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