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Biological Teaching Technician

Requisition ID:  24662

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  18-Nov-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £23,144 to £24,285 with progression to £26,396 per annum


Closing Date: 04 December 2022


The Role


The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to provide biological UG and PGT teaching laboratory technical support for academic staff and students within the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.


For more information about the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, and our research, please click here.


We’re celebrating 150 years of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. Although a huge amount has changed over the last 150 years, one thing has stayed the same: our commitment to making a difference. We’re educating the next generation of experts and tackling the biggest challenges facing our planet. Our innovative work has always focused on making a difference to people’s lives and you can be part of it. 


We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.


The appointment is fixed term for 12 months and is offered on a full-time basis (37 hours per week). 


To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement, and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples.


For informal queries regarding either the role, please contact Kirsten Wyness - UG Teaching Technical Team Leader


The Role


The post holder will provide biological UG and PGT teaching laboratory technical support for academic staff and students within the School of NES.


Key Accountabilities

  • To monitor the satisfactory operation of biological UG and PGT teaching laboratory equipment, reporting any defects to the relevant technical team leader. Carry out basic preventive maintenance of equipment in relevant workshop/laboratory areas. Operation and operational maintenance of teaching apparatus, equipment and instruments for UG and PGT teaching purposes
  • To support the operation of the biological teaching laboratories to ensure effective use and availability for UG and PGT teaching. Assistance in the training of academic, technical and research staff, postgraduate and undergraduate project students in specific experimental techniques and the use and application of equipment
  • To be responsible for the determination of all requirements to ensure adequate availability of materials, chemicals, glassware, equipment and botanical and animal specimens for laboratory/field activities that the post-holder is supporting; and for initiating purchase orders to ensure sufficient stocks of these items
  • To be responsible for keeping up to date with relevant  Health and Safety legislation, codes of practice and regulations ensuring safe handling, storage and disposal of materials in accordance with local rules and legal requirements (including risk assessments and any other stautory or local safety arrangement)
  • To provide assistance to staff and students in the use (methodology and techniques) of equipment and apparatus in the teaching laboratories. To demonstrate standard microbial techniques to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • To liaise with academic staff with regard to the preparation of COSHH forms relating to their practical classes. Responsibility for the production of the COSHH forms resides with the researchers
  • To prepare solutions, media, materials, microbial cultures and equipment (both sterile and non-sterile) required for practical classes and deploy them appropriately in the laboratory to permit efficient working during classes
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Thorough working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures, and experience of safe waste management within a biological teaching laboratory environment.
  • Demonstrable work experience in a relevant technical laboratory role
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Demonstrates technical and problem solving capability
  • Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines with a positive and proactive approach to duties and attention to detail
  • Contribute to design and specification of teaching/research activities
  • Ability to adapt to changes in teaching/research priorities
  • Knowledge of the standard protocols for the preparation of materials for practical classes
  • Ability to carry out the routine feeding and maintenance of insect cultures
  • Ability to prepare culture media and plates, and to maintain and produce microbial cultures using good aseptic technique


Attributes and Behaviour

Team-working (Self)

  • Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued.
  • Shares relevant and useful information with others
  • Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
  • Willing to help others and share workloads

Planning and organising (Self)

  • Works in a planned and structured way
  • Ensures that all activities are completed on time
  • Ensures that others know how processes and systems work
  • Set own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives

Finding Solutions

  • Looks at ways of overcoming obstacles rather than coming to a standstill
  • Keeps an open mind to alternative ways of doing things

Delivering services (Self)

  • Keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Has a positive attitude for doing things better
  • Takes responsibility for achieving own targets
  • Co-operates with others to achieve targets
  • Strives to deliver high quality results
  • Is enthusiastic in getting job done on time

Embracing change (Self)

  • Recognises the need for change and is forward looking. Promotes the benefits of change to others and regularly comes up with new ideas. Has the willingness to adopt new ways of working and to make improvements.


  • HNC/HND (or equivalent) in relevant subject or equivalent relevant experience



The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24662