Assistant Bacteriology Technician Job in Devon and Cornwall


Location: Starcross, Exeter

Contract Length: 3 – 10 months (with possible extensions)

Pay rate: £12.50 per hour


The role provides scientific technical expertise for a wide range of projects in the bacteriology field.


Key Tasks:

  • Culture of different organisms (e.g. E. coli, Salmonella spp., Staph aureus, Brucella spp., Champylobacter spp., Mycoplasmas or Mycobacterium bovis) on specialist media isolated from a wide range of biological samples (e.g. faeces, tissues, swabs or food samples).
  • Phenotypic tests including serological typing, antimicrobial resistance susceptibility testing, including minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and zone diffusion testing.
  • Molecular tests including antimicrobial resistance gene detection by either single gene (PCR) or whole genome sequencing (WGS) approaches, 16S gene sequencing, other WGS related tests.  Basic related ‘bioinformatics’.
  • Basic immunology including cell counting and immunoassay of cytokines.
  • Speciation of bacteria by genetic and MALDI-ToF approaches.
  • Presentation of data in tabular or graphical formats for compilation in reports or papers.
  • Responsibility as a room officer for a laboratory.
  • Working to quality (9001:2015 or UKAS 17025) and safety standards.
  • Contributing to preparation of reports/papers (Technician).
  • Quality assurance testing of media.
  • Support of farm/abattoir/hatchery/feed mill investigations might be required.
  • Working to tight deadlines of commercial customers.


Essential Requirements:

  • A Levels or equivalent in science related subjects.
  • A first degree in a related field e.g. Microbiology with components including bacteriology, antimicrobial resistance and molecular genetics (Technician).
  • Practical experience in techniques related to general bacteriology (Technician)




Devon and Cornwall


Hourly Rate
£12.50 p/h - £13.00 p/h PAYE

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