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
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.
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