Lab Scientist

Lighthouse Labs


Place of work: Alderley Park, Cheshire

Post code: SK10 4TG

Start Date: Immediate

Reports to: Shift Supervisor

Working in partnership to support the fight against COVID-19 

Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) are proud to be working in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, UK Biocentre and the University of Glasgow to help with the fight against COVID-19. Under the partnership UK Lighthouse Labs, MDC are responsible for running and managing the laboratory at the impressive Alderley Park site in Cheshire, which is the UK’s largest life science campus.

MDC are building capacity and processes to be able to analyse tens of thousands of COVID-19 swab samples from across the country. Working alongside some of the most highly skilled individuals in the scientific community, who are dedicating their time and expertise to ensure our lab is processing the samples as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Unprecedented times calls for unprecedented measures and at MDC we are focused on building the best team possible to deliver the numbers and samples needed to significantly increase the testing capacity. Our aim is to help the community during this challenging time. 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to join in the fight and national effort against this global pandemic. 


Join the team

We are looking to build a team of over 500 Lab Scientists at Alderley Park. Responsible for unpacking samples and processing through the lab assay workflow testing for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection that causes COVID-19. 

For more information please click to download the Job Description.


What experience do you need?

Experience of performing biological assays in a scientific research or diagnostic laboratory is essential, in either a work or study environment. Attention to detail and the ability to manage processes effectively and efficiently are also essential. 

Knowledge of working in a Class 2 containment, RTPCR and/or qPCR environment and experience operating liquid handling machines would be advantageous.


Working hours

To ensure we are processing the level of samples needed to support this pandemic, Lighthouse Labs Alderley Park is open 7 days a week with our team working 4 days on and 4 days off, including weekends. The working hours are 6am-3pm and 3pm-12am on a rota basis.


Alderley Park

Alderley Park is the perfect location for one of Lighthouse Labs testing sites as it is the best invested life science R&D facility in the UK and provides companies with a range of bioscience capability that are second to none. 

Surrounded by 400 acres of parkland, Alderley Park offers plenty of space to walk, run or cycle (at a distance of course). 

Located in Cheshire, it’s within easy reach of the M6 & M56 and only 20 minutes from Manchester city centre by car. Local train stations (Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Macclesfield) are all within 15 minutes’ drive, with a shuttle bus going from the stations to site. 

As part of your application process, you may be asked to attend our assessment days based on site which run over the course of a three-day period. If you are successful after completing these assessment days and after starting with the business you will be paid for the hours attended for the assessment days on top of your first months’ salary.

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