JOB OPPORTUNITY: LAMP Testing Laboratory Technicians

We are about to embark on an exciting project in relation to LAMP Testing and the University is looking to recruit to a number of job roles to support this work.

This is an exciting opportunity to help support our NHS and Yorkshire region in their fight against Covid-19. As part of the Government’s national strategy to deliver asymptomatic testing, a new partnership has been formed between the Universities of York, York St John’s and Hull and the NHS to set up a Covid-19 analytical laboratory facility here on the University of York campus.

We are now urgently seeking to recruit a number of LAMP Testing Laboratory Technicians to work at the facility, potentially for a period of around six months starting in early January 2021. Current PhD students and research staff are strongly encouraged to apply; pauses in studies and secondments/part secondments will be considered to help roll-out this high priority activity.

The role will require and develop key lab skills required to work at ISO accredited levels. The facility will be based in the Department of Biology, utilising existing infrastructure and newly acquired diagnostic equipment. Although the role is very focused, this development is of national importance and will be rewarding in itself.

In the first instance, this new testing facility will provide essential routine testing of asymptomatic NHS staff from across the York and Humber region, and will constitute an essential element of the infection prevention and safeguarding strategy for the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Once set up, this laboratory will also be used to support other testing and diagnostic programs in other sectors, including University students and staff.

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 that has been used in asymptomatic testing pilots in Southampton and is now being rolled out nationally.

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Submit an expression of interest via the LAMP Testing Laboratory Technician google form

For more information, email: covid-lamp-staff@york.ac.uk.

We welcome expressions of interest as soon as possible and at the latest by Friday 18 December 2020.

Published by

Christine Comrie

Student Communications Officer

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