Laboratory Scientist

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

June 24, 2021


Laboratory Scientist

Job Purpose

To work with the Lighthouse Lab in Glasgow team to support COVID-19 testing in line with UK National Testing Programme strategy. Postholders will provide detailed technical expertise in the laboratory techniques utilised and provide advice on best operation of technical resources to support the delivery of the diagnostic objectives of the laboratory. In additional the postholder will undertake a range of technical support services in line with the Lighthouse Lab in Glasgow strategy.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Extracting viral RNA (using Thermo Fisher Kingfisher apparatus), involving multiple plate filling steps for various washes and ultimately elution, paying attention to the risks of RNAse contamination of samples, and any risk of contaminating samples of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from another source.

2. Performing qPCR on clinical samples, including production of a PCR master mix under appropriate conditions to avoid any contamination, production and administration of positive controls.

3. Working under category 2 conditions using aseptic technique in a biological safety cabinet, handling and deactivating samples, and safely disposing of hazardous waste.

4. Exercise initiative and judgement within pre-determined guidelines and technical remit to ensure effective service delivery.

5. Receipt and logging of clinical samples.

6. Ensuring secure logging of samples and file transfer of results to the laboratory information management system.

7. Extract, analyse and interpret data/test results according to standard procedure and present findings accurately.

8. Ensuring that equipment maintenance, routine calibrations and quality control checks are performed on time and in accordance with documented procedures, highlighting issues when required.

9. Contributing to the improvement in the organisation and efficiency of the workplace by implementing agreed continuous improvement ideas.

10. Where relevant, and in consultation with relevant senior staff, ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the technical work-space and facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting the completion of risk assessments and COSHH assessments, ensuring that all Health and Safety paperwork is completed timeously and recorded accurately, and implementing and adhering to all applicable health and safety policies, including specialist legal procedures for certain materials.

11. Monitoring of laboratory consumables, making up solutions when required.

12. Maintaining high standards of housekeeping within the laboratory, including managing clinical waste.



A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 7 (Advanced Higher, Scottish Vocational Qualification level 3, Higher National Certificate) or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role.


B1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9 (Ordinary Degree, Scottish Vocational level 4)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1 Detailed technical knowledge and expertise in relevant discipline

C2 Experience working in a lab setting (academic, clinical or industrial)

C3 Molecular biology experience

C4 Tissue culture experience / aseptic technique

C5 Multichannel pipette experience

C6 Strong attention to detail

C7 Ability to work constructively within a team

C8 Well-developed analytical and problem-solving capability, using initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently.

C9 Planning, organising and prioritising skills

C10 Detailed knowledge of relevant health and safety policies and procedures relative to the role, and the quality outputs and standards required.


D1 Experience working with clinical samples

D2 Experience working with nucleic acids, preferably RNA

D3 Plate-based assay experience D4 PCR experience, preferably qPCR (e.g., Thermo Fisher 7500fast) D5 Automated RNA extraction experience (e.g., Thermo Fisher Kingfisher)

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 5, £22,417- £26,715 per annum.

A shift allowance of 20% (applicable working between the hours of 3am-3pm) or 10% (applicable working between the hours of 1pm-1am) for will also be paid in addition to the base salary.

Contracts are offered on a Fixed Term basis until 31st March 2022. This role is based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, please consider your travel arrangements carefully for the shift start and end times.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months. The successful candidate will be eligible to join the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) Pension Scheme. It is the University of Glasgow mission is to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Ref : 060273 Close Date : 24-Jun-2021 23:45