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Working in partnership to support the fight against COVID-19

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

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 in the fight against COVID-19. As part of the UK Lighthouse Labs Network, 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. Some of the most highly-skilled individuals in the scientific community are dedicating their time and expertise to ensure our lab is processing 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 significantly increase the testing capacity.

Join the team

The project

We are looking to build a team of over 500 at Alderley Park including Lab Scientists, Bioscience Leads, and Data Scientists. Together, the team are responsible for unpacking the samples and processing them through the lab assay workflow, testing for SARS-CoV-2 – the viral infection that causes COVID-19. And, as you’d expect, a focus on quality, continuous improvement, and health and safety are key aspects of all roles.

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.

Whether you are just finishing your A-levels and taking a year out; looking for a year in industry during your degree; finalising your PhD; or already have the appropriate lab experience and want to get involved in the national effort against COVID-19, we have roles available as Lab Scientists and would love to hear from you.

If you have more experience and have managed a lab environment, have knowledge of managing and testing new methodologies, or are a data scientist, please review our live vacancies for other suitable opportunities.

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 team members working 5 days in 7, including weekends. Salary is dependent on roles and hours worked. If you would like more information on this, please contact our Recruitment Team.

Lab Scientists: £18,000 - £22,000 per annum (salary is dependent on experience).

For all other positions, salary is dependent on role, level and experience.

Up to 28 days holiday plus bank holidays.

Pension Scheme (matched & doubled to a max of 10% employer contribution).

Life assurance 4x salary.

Free car parking on site.

Do you want to join the team?

If you are interested in getting involved, please click Apply Now to complete a quick application form.


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

Alderley Park

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

Alderley Park offers exceptional state of the art laboratories for medtech and biotech start-ups, with companies benefiting greatly from being based within the Enterprise Zone. The Park itself boasts amazing amenities including restaurants, gyms, football pitches, workout areas and plenty of places to take some time out.

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.

Lighthouse Labs at Alderley Park

Our People

Prof Caroline Dive CBE

Prof Caroline Dive CBE is Director of the Cancer Research UK, Cancer Biomarkers Centre at the University of Manchester. She works at the Alderley Park Lighthouse Lab as part of the Senior Leadership Team.

Mairead Hyland

"I’m very proud to be involved in the National Testing Programme. I recognise that it is necessary to test as many people as possible to help fight this pandemic and I’m happy to play a part."

Manisha Patel

"…being able to work alongside many of my colleagues from the University of Salford who have also volunteered their time makes me feel very proud…"

Work with some of the most highly-skilled individuals in the scientific community.

Be a part of one of the most important scientific projects of our generation.

Work together to make a difference in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lighthouse Labs

For more information on the roles available, or if you have any queries, please contact the Alderley Park Lighthouse Labs Resourcing Team.

Alderley Park,
Congleton Road,
Nether Alderley
Macclesfield SK10 4TG

0330 311 2501