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Department of Biochemistry


Cambridge-based volunteers for the 2020 COVID-19 crisis


A Cambridge-wide information gathering exercise is being undertaken (supported by a growing number of Cambridge departments, institutes, companies, organisations etc.) to identify staff with skills that might be of use in COVID-19 research and/or diagnostic testing. The information gathered will be shared with the relevant authorities to enable Cambridge-based research staff to support the response if/when the needs occur.

Fields marked with an asterisk are mandatory.

Additional questions added 6th April 2020.


About you

If you selected "Other" as your position, please specify it here.


Milton Keynes Testing Facility

A COVID-19 testing facility has been established in Milton Keynes. At present, they have sufficient staff, which includes some found via this volunteers database. However, as the facility ramps up its testing capacity, further staff will be required. The facility would therefore like to generate a pool of potential volunteers.

To be placed at the testing facility, you would need to meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Be able to commit to at least 1 month's work in the first instance,
  2. Be able to undertake 7 shifts over a period of 14 days,
  3. Be willing to work a shift pattern of 6am-2pm or 2pm-10pm.

Importantly, the University has highlighted that transport to/from Milton Keynes could be organised centrally if there are sufficient volunteers and we know shift patterns. This could enable those who are unable/unwilling to stay in Milton Keynes to volunteer.

Please only select "Yes" if you meet all of the above requirements. The facility cannot, for example, accept staff who would only be able to work one or two shifts per week.
i.e. this assumes that your current employer WILL continue to pay your salary, and WILL release you for the minimum period of one month.
i.e. this assumes that your current employer will NOT continue to pay your salary, but WILL release you for the minimum period of one month.


Your experience (for Cambridge-based initiatives)


Your general availability (for Cambridge-based initiatives)

In general, which days of the week are you available?
In general, what times are you available?
Should the need arise, would you be willing to work elsewhere in the UK?


Additional information

Please provide any additional information that may be useful.

Contact details

Supported by

  • Julie Ahringer (Director, The Gurdon Institute)
  • Patrick Chinnery (Head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences)
  • Gerard Evan (Head of the Department of Biochemistry)
  • Anne Ferguson-Smith (Head of the Department of Genetics)
  • Richard Gilbertson (Director, CRUK Cambridge Centre)
  • Tony Green (Director, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute)
  • Greg Hannon (Director, CRUK Cambridge Institute)
  • Jan Löwe (Director, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology)
  • Patrick Maxwell (Head of the School of Clinical Medicine)
  • Julian Rayner (Director, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research)
  • Alison Smith (Head of the Department of Plant Sciences)
  • Geoffrey Smith (Head of the Department of Pathology)
  • James Wood (Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine)