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Chemical Services Technician

Requisition ID:  1101

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date:  04-Nov-2019

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.

Salary: £23,067

Closing Date: 18 November 2019



The role

Based in the school of Natural and Environmental Sciences (NES) at Newcastle University, and under the direction of the Chemistry Research Team Leader, the post will be part of a team providing chemical laboratory technical support for academic staff, research staff and students within the Chemical Services in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and associated School of Engineering laboratories. This will include providing technical expertise in the research laboratories and associated facilities supporting chemical sciences based research; and provide PGT, PGR and UG project support. The post will also be responsible for the day-to-day support of specific facilities and pieces of equipment; and ensure compliance with the safe operation of the areas including disposal of hazardous waste and monitoring provision of risk assessment. This will often require the specialist expertise of the post-holder and will require liaison with relevant academic staff.


Key Accountabilities 

  • To monitor the satisfactory operation of laboratory equipment, reporting any defects to the relevant senior technician or technical team leader. Carry out preventive maintenance of equipment and instruments in the relevant laboratory areas. Operation and operational maintenance of equipment and instruments for research and teaching purposes
  • To support the operation of the laboratories to ensure effective use and availability for teaching and research. Assistance in the training of academic, technical and research staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students in specific laboratory techniques and the use and application of equipment and instruments
  • To determine laboratory requirements, and ensure adequate availability of chemicals, materials and equipment for laboratory 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 statutory or local safety arrangements
  • To contribute to regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and laboratory audits
  • To develop and modify experiments, apparatus and instruments from verbal instructions to protocols and techniques to ensure the completion of experimental practical’s and projects
  • Planning and progress of experimental work after consultation with academic, senior technical, research staff and students
  • To assist academic, senior technical staff, research staff and students in the selection of chemicals and materials in the development and organisation of practical’s and projects. To keep records of chemicals and materials used, details and specifications of practical’s and projects and any technical data acquired during the development and running of any practical or project
  • The testing and fault diagnosis of apparatus and analytical instrumentation using precision testing equipment, manufacturer’s instructions, diagrams and manuals. Maintaining up to date records
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Relevant post apprenticeship work experience in a relevant technical role
  • Thorough working knowledge of relevant Health and Safety procedures, and experience of safe waste management within a workshop or laboratory environment
  • Excellent team working and communication 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 technical and laboratory equipment to support teaching and research activities
  • Flexible attitude and the ability to adapt to changes both in  workload priorities and working locations
  • Experience of working in a Chemical and Biological Laboratory environment, and using laboratory equipment
  • Have or be working towards professional registration with a suitable awarding body is desirable


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



  • National Certificate in Science (or Equivalent Level 3 Qualification) or equivalent relevant technical experience
  • Higher National Certificate in Science (or Equivalent Level 4 Qualification)

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff 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.

Requisition ID: 1101