Job Description


Associate Practioner


Job Requirements/Description
5-8 month contract - Full Time

We're currently seeking Exeter based Associate Practioners to work within a high output laboratory environment as part of the UK's NHS Test and Trace programme.

The laboratories advise and safely support the diagnosis of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

By streamlining the testing process, we can provide rapid, on-site, government certified test results for the benefit of public health, individuals, and corporate entities.

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:

Being actively involved in running assays with responsibility for oversight of a team of Biomedical Support Workers/Assistant Genetic Technologists
Ensuring the continued safe and clinically compliant operation of the end-to-end LAMP assay based on a standardised operating procedure (aliquoting of samples, reaction mix preparation in a clean room, processing of samples, result validation)
Providing supervision over one or more workflows (with direct line management over Biomedical Support Workers/Assistant Genetic Technologists), being a point of escalation for their queries and questions
Working in a Containment Level 2 laboratory following local code of practice
Assisting in the disposal of samples in accordance with all relevant guidelines
Helping maintain stock levels in collaboration with in-situ lab staff
Conducting root cause analysis of errors

This role requires the following skills/experience/qualifications:


Minimum of 1 Science A-Level (or Equivalent)
Educated to degree level within a scientific discipline, or equivalent lab experience
Previous experience of supervising a laboratory team
Experience of molecular biology techniques, for example PCR or LAMP
Experience working in Biosafety Cabinets
Experience with handling human biological samples
Operation of laboratory equipment e.g. Optigene instruments
A courteous manner
Good communication skills
Good attention to detail
IT/Keyboard Skills
Ability to follow specific instructions
Ability to work productively within a team
Ability to write legibly and unambiguously
Understanding of relevant health and safety policies and procedures relative to the role
Ability to carry out lifting and handling of laboratory items

In return:

As well as a competitive rate of pay of £12.82 / hour

Shift Pattern: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, may be a requirement for this to extend to shift work between 8am - 8pm


The post holder will work generally in a laboratory environment and may be required to sit or stand at the bench for prolonged periods. It is expected that the role will involve light to moderate physical effort. The post holder will be exposed to potentially infectious pathological samples on a daily basis with occasional exposure to other risks e.g. chemical encountered in the laboratory.

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.

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
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