ASCUS Lab Currently Seeking Volunteers [Opportunity for SCIENTISTS]

Volunteer with us

At ASCUS Lab we are currently seeking volunteers with a background in a working lab environment and in particular the biosciences, to support the delivery of our Lab Open Sessions and our Microscopy for Beginners Course. As the UK’s largest publicly accessible laboratory for experimentation in art and sicence our audiences include artists, scientists and members of the general public interested in accessing the tools of science for thier own independent experimentation.

Our Lab Open Sessions run two days per week on Thursdays (4pm-10pm) and Saturdays (10am-4pm). Our Microscopy for Beginners course is due to begin on Wednesday the 28th of June and will continue on Wednesdays for five weeks until the 26th of July. For Open Sessions we are looking for volunteers to commit to assisting at a minimum of one Open Session per month and for our Microsocpy for Beginners Course preference will be given to indivduals who are available to commit to the full five weeks of the course.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering with ASCUS Lab is an opportunity for individuals with a background in science to get experience communicating and introducing science concepts, processes and approaches to non-science audiences in a lab context. This is an opportunity to gain confidence in communicating science and to be immersed in an environment that specialises in art-science public engagement initiatives. Join us to contribute to the delivery of our ambitious art-science lab programme and to play an active role in the lab’s growing interdisciplinary community.

How to get involved

Next Volunteers Meeting & Sign up Event:
Volunteer Info Session:
H&S Induction for those wanting to sign up:
Wednesday 21st June
If you are interested in getting involved in our ASCUS Lab Volunteer Programme then please join us on Wednesday the 21st of June from 6.30-7.00 for our Volunteer info Session. This will be an opportunity to find our more about what the ASCUS Lab is all about and what you can expect from volunteering with us. For anyone ready to sign up on the day this will be directly followed at 7.00pm by our Microscopy Lab Indcuction which will provide new volunteers with the necessary H&S training required for joining the programme. So come along and find out more and get started! Scroll down to read more about the minimum requirements…

Minimum Requirements

Lab Open Sessions

To take part in any element of our volunteer programme we require that applicants have the following:

  • Previous experience in a working scientific laboratory including a confident understanding of GLP (Good Lab Practice)
  • Experience and/or a desire to communicate and share science with non-science audiences.

Microscopy for Beginners

In addition, to take part as a volunteer for our Microscopy for Beginners Course we also require that applicants have previous experience:

  • Working with different microscopy techniques
  • Working with micro organisms
  • Collecting and preparing samples for microscopy including staining and mounting techniques

Please note that ASCUS Lab has three main areas of focus which include Microscopy, Microbiology and DNA Analysis (currently under development), therefore a background in the biosciences is prefferable but not essential. We are happy to consider applcations from individuals outside of this area of expertise, therefore please get in touch with us directly via

Click to download: ASCUS_Lab_Volunteers_form.doc
Please submit your completed volunteers form to: or bring it along on the 21st.

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