Sample Handling Technician

Lighthouse Labs


Place of work: Alderley Park, Cheshire

Post code: SK10 4TG

Start date: Immediate

Working in partnership to support the fight against COVID-19 

Medicines Discovery Catapult has established one of the UK National Lighthouse laboratories to deliver testing of patient samples for potential SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, that causes COVID-19. We are looking for individuals to process samples.


Main duties and responsibilities:

- The unpacking of samples upon arrival using a range of unpacking tools

- Completing a range of visual quality control checks

- Scanning the samples onto our laboratory software to confirm receipt.

As part of this role you will be required to wear extensive personal protective equipment including lab coats, face mask and shoe covers.


What experience do you need?

- Good numeric and organisational skills

- Good interpersonal and team working skills

- Good time keeping skills

- Computer literate

Full training will be provided. Opportunities for progression exist for those who show potential.

MDC is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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. We also have opportunities for night shifts, the working hours for night shifts are 12am-6am, 4 days on, 4 days off, this includes some weekend work.

Please note that due to the working hours, we are only able to accept applications from candidates with a full UK licence and own transport. We are also looking for candidates who are available to start immediately.


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. 

Review the Alderley Park website for more information:


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