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Laboratory Technical Specialist

Requisition ID:  11781

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  15-Sep-2021


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: £26,341 - £27,924, with progression to £30,497 per annum

Closing Date: 22 September 2021


The Role


You will require an in-depth knowledge of technical or scientific practices, methods and procedures, gained through either experience and/or formal qualification and will deploy this knowledge to provide a range of technical support activities.  The role will involve a range of laboratory tasks, as part of a research project aimed at developing light-sensitive proteins for manipulating neuronal activity.  Organisational skills and fastidiousness regarding laboratory practice are absolutely essential. 

Prior experience and expertise in various laboratory techniques (histological, molecular biology and microscopy techniques) as well as basic IT skills (spreadsheet and image analysis software packages) are all are highly desirable.


This post is full time, fixed term until 30th September 2022.


For informal enquiries regarding the role, please contact Professor Andrew Trevelyan email: andrew.trevelyan@ncl.ac.uk 


Key Accountabilities


  • The primary role will be to maintain cell and neuronal cultures.  This requires a fastidiously clean and organised approach, to prevent infections of the culture
  • Assisting data collection, including molecular biology techniques, histology, microscopy and data analysis, under supervision from the PI and post-doctoral team members
  • Provide general and specialist research support, by working with postdoctoral team to develop new laboratory methodologies and analysis pipelines
  • Prepare and manufacture specimens/samples requiring specialist skills with limited direction
  • Oversee lab supplies, including auditing of necessary consumables, and ordering of supplies, as required
  • Source and negotiate with suppliers for a range of items including specialist parts/equipment
  • Hold specific safety responsibilities relevant to the specialist laboratory work, and assist with the completion and updating of the relevant safety paperwork
  • Complete accident reporting and assist with investigations
  • Managing the animal stock, by overseeing records of breeding and purchasing of animals, assisting with animal work, and recording pre- and post-operative assessments
  • Liaise with suppliers and manufacturers to resolve both routine and complex problems and investigate replacement options
  • Complete a range of routine and complex maintenance activities and repairs
  • Advise on equipment capabilities demonstrating how results can be achieved
  • Design and delivery of bespoke equipment and apparatus by developing local procedures, establish and maintain a safe/compliant working environment
  • Oversee compliance tasks ensuring timely completion and maintenance of appropriate records
  • Maintain in-depth and up-to-date health and safety knowledge relevant to the specialism
  • Schedule, prioritise and monitor work in line with demands and deadlines
  • Hold delegated responsibility from the academic lead for the planning, operation and supervision of laboratory spaces occupied by the specialism
  • Organise and facilitate progress meetings
  • Be a key contributor to specialism development, delivery and planning
  • Contribute to and support change
  • Manage on or more budgets monitoring resource usage
  • Source and negotiate with suppliers for a range of items including specialist parts/equipment
  • Create, update and implement procedures to deliver an aligned, efficient and effective service
  • Provide general and specialist research support including leading method development
  • Provide general and specialist teaching support including class/field work development
  • Support taught course projects by promotion and incorporation of specialism
  • Prepare and manufacture specimens/samples requiring specialist skills with limited direction
  • Manage equipment bookings, calculate charges/costs and assist with re-charging
  • Contribute to building work affecting the area occupied by the specialism
  • Manage local security and access control arrangements
  • Design, develop and deliver inductions, demonstrations and training covering complex techniques and specialist equipment
  • Assist managers with the identification of training and development needs
  • Maintain specialist knowledge and skills, sharing with others
  • Mentor junior staff

The Person (Essential)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Demonstrable work experience in a relevant technical/workshop role
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Technical and problem solving capacity
  • Must be able to prioritise and monitor tasks within an agreed work schedule
  • An appreciation of the importance of Health and Safety procedures
  • Good organising ability to meet deadlines, with a positive and proactive approach to duties, and diligence and attention to detail (Desirable)
  • Contribute to design and specification of research/teaching activities (Desirable)
  • Ability to adapt to changes in laboratory research priorities (Desirable)
  • Specific lab or workshop and specific to role (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour


  • Tact, diplomacy and able to handle difficult situations
  • Ability to meet deadlines with effective time and resource management
  • Clear communicator and active listener
  • Consistent and appropriate approach to staff and situations
  • Use of feedback for process improvement and staff development
  • Team player, self starter and able to manage complex workload
  • Ability to respond enthusiastically and positively to undergraduate students




  • BTEC  HNC / HND; or A’ level or undergraduate degree qualification; or broad work experience acquired through a combination of vocational training and considerable on-the-job experience, demonstrating development through progressively more demanding relevant roles
  • Professional registration with an accredited professional body (including HEA) or working towards this on appointment (Desirable)









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.


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.


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.

Requisition ID: 11781