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Laboratory Support Technician

Requisition ID:  19601

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  03-May-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.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.


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: £20,092 with progression to £21,686 per annum


Closing Date: 3 June 2022


The Role

Reporting to the Technical Manager team, you will require technical and practical skills and an understanding of technical practices and procedures, acquired by experience on the job or vocational training. You will deliver an efficient and effective technical service as part of a professional community while following an established pattern, with a requirement to run standard analyses and record results in an agreed format. You will be required to prioritize work with readily available access to guidance for non-standard work activity.


You will support bone sarcoma research funded by the Bone Cancer Research Trust, specifically the project is to support blood and tumour tissue sample collection for use in Newcastle and to send on to other sites around the UK. 


You will have a minimum of 3 GCSEs (A* to C or equivalent).   They will also have demonstrable laboratory experience.  You will be enthusiastic and hard working as well as adaptable and willing to learn new techniques. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. You will also prepare reports for external collaborators in accordance with internal quality assurance procedures. 


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This role is tenable until the 30th June 2023 but is likely to be extended on a 12 monthly funding basis.


For informal enquires please contact Mr Kenneth Rankin at

Key Accountabilities

•    Complete routine equipment maintenance and repairs
•    Ensure tidiness of facilities to facilitate efficient use. To demonstrate standard techniques within the expertise of the role holder to students and staff
•    Liaise with suppliers and manufacturers to resolve simple problems
•    Advise on routine equipment capabilities 
•    With the academic/technical lead, establish and maintain a safe/compliant working environment
•    Assist/complete and update routine safety paperwork (dependent on risk owner)
•    Organize and complete compliance tasks
•    Maintain up to date health and safety knowledge, providing support and advice to others.
•    Ensure effective delivery objectives by planning and managing own workload
•    Assist the academic /technical lead with the day to day running and supervision of laboratory spaces
•    Work collaboratively to deliver objectives
•    Contribute to progress and management meetings
•    Make suggestions to improve the service
•    Contribute to and support change
•    Assist with record keeping, inventory and asset management
•    Monitor resource usage and maintain supply of key items
•    Assist with store operations including ordering, receiving, processing and distributing of goods
•    Source and negotiate with suppliers for routine items
•    Provide a high standard of research/teaching support, including contribution to reports and publications or preparing for classes and field work
•    Contribute to research/teaching projects in terms of experimental activity and data acquisition
•    Prepare and manufacture a range of simple specimens/samples
•    Report infrastructure faults and support small scale building works
•    Manage equipment bookings and assist with any recharging schemes
•    Update and deliver local inductions
•    Provide training and demonstrations of techniques and equipment 
•    Share skills and best practice
•    Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Excellent team working skills
•    Demonstrates technical and problem solving capacity
•    Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines
•    Diligence and attention to detail
•    Positive and proactive approach to duties

•    Contribute to design and specification of projects 
•    Ability to adapt to changes in laboratory/research priorities 
•    Experience of working with clinical samples 
•    Basic understanding of Health and Safety 


Attributes and Behaviour

•    Excellent oral and written communication skills 
•    Good interpersonal skills to interface with staff
•    Attention to detail to ensure accuracy and precision
•    Work in a collaborative and flexible way
•    To exhibit University and Faculty values and principles



•    GCSE/ NVQ / O-levels or equivalent relevant experience 

•    Professional registration with an accredited professional body (including HEA) or working towards this on appointment


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 19601