LAMP Testing Laboratory Technician
*this post is now closed*
Faculty / Function: Department of Biology
Salary: From £25,941 – £31,866 a year
Closing Date: Friday 8th January 2021
Contract Type: Fixed term
Contracted Hours per week: 37 hours/week
York is one of the most successful universities in the UK. With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.
This is an exciting opportunity to help support the Yorkshire region in the fight against Covid-19. As part of the Government’s national strategy to deliver asymptomatic testing, the University of York will be working in partnership with the NHS to set up a COVID 19 analytical laboratory facility at the University of York.
The laboratory will be designed and operated to carry out a high volume of SARS CoV 2 saliva testing with loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) technology.
We are urgently seeking to recruit a number of LAMP Testing Laboratory Technicians potentially for a period up to end of June / beginning of July 2021. It is likely that the job holder will be required to work an early or late shift e.g. 7am to 3pm or 2pm to 10pm (shift patterns TBC) and the laboratory will operate across 7 days each week.
The main purpose of the role will be to provide technical and scientific support using LAMP technology. The post holder will provide scientific services in a timely manner as an aid to clinical diagnosis of Covid-19, utilising the appropriate testing regime and processes to support Consultant Microbiologists to give the correct clinical diagnosis. Good lab skills, accuracy and attention to detail is essential.
- Plan and perform analyses using a range of scientific techniques, sometimes working from a limited brief; for example workflow patterns for the LAMP assay.
- Be responsible for the maintenance, repair and operation of equipment.
- As required, solve faults, maintain and repair technical equipment including manual and sophisticated automated equipment, provide assistance with development of new methods
- Provide technical advice in relation to the laboratory activities and the techniques used, to staff and stakeholders, as required.
- Continuous improvement and quality assurance activity.
- Understand, promote and apply health and safety protocols ensuring procedures are followed at all times including disposal of waste.
- Maintain accurate records of work undertaken, including reports, noting the need for prompt notification or referral of unusual and urgent results, unusual or unfamiliar events as appropriate.
- Assist with purchasing including ordering and distributing goods and maintain an adequate supply of laboratory consumables.