Laboratory Assistant (NHS)

9.21 - 16.85 GBP Hourly
10 Jun 2021
08 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a sciences graduate to work within a laboratory setting in a healthcare setting. The successful applicant will have gained lab based experience as part of their studies (or post studies experience) and be available to work immediately. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain lab based employment but also to help do your bit during a global pandemic.


1. Under supervision and following Standard Operating Procedures the following duties may be carried out.

* Undertake in service training leading to the completion of the MLA logbook

* Deal with telephone enquiries.

* Liaise with and despatch consumables to service users.

* Solve day to day problems e.g. Mislabelled specimens

* Sort and prepare work for diagnostic testing

* Prioritise and fast track urgent and emergency work.

* Input PID and other data into the laboratory computer

* Maintain stocks of reagents and consumables.

* Prepare test materials, such as making up solutions of chemicals.

* Disposal of waste, including waste from the Category 3 Room

* Disinfection and cleaning of equipment and working areas.

* The routine maintenance of equipment.

* When appropriate assist in the training of new staff

* To assist in routine processing of samples received: Urines, faeces, swabs, blood culture, tissues, fluids and respiratory (non-TB) samples.

* to retrieve and grow organisms stored on beads in the deep freeze

* Maintenance and calibration of laboratory instruments and updating quality control records using necessary judgement and referring any inconsistencies to supervisors e.g. registered Biomedical Scientist.

* Sending away of specialist tests to reference laboratories in line with SOP and where required the scanning and entry of the reference reports on the laboratory computer system.

* To read MRSA plates.

* To process isolates for antibiotic testing on the Microscan automated system.

* To subculture blood culture positive bottles and prepare gram films.

Candidates will be required to work 37.5 hours a week on a rota basis and must have the flexibility to work shift patterns inclusive of weekends and nights (Not every single week but when required).

A full copy of the job description will be provided to all shortlisted applicants.

Taskmaster Resources is acting as a recruitment business for this role