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Laboratory Technical Specialist

Requisition ID:  20801

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time/Part Time
Posted Date:  21-Jun-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: £26,341 to £27,924 with progression to £30,497 per annum


Closing Date: 13 July 2022


The Role


Working in a busy molecular biology laboratory led by Prof Derek Mann, Prof Jelena Mann, Prof Fiona Oakley and Dr Lee Borthwick, 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.


You will provide and organise technical support for the operation of Newcastle Fibrosis Research group (NFRG), carrying out complex research projects, experimental design, planning and progress of work along with quantitative and qualitative analysis. You will also provide a central role within the NFRG for safety, equipment, plant and laboratory operational purposes.


This role is fixed term until 1 January 2024, applications for both full time and part time hours are welcomed, please specify your preferred working hours in your application


For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Derek Mann or Prof Jelena Mann


Key Accountabilities

  • Complete a range of routine and complex maintenance activities and repairs
  • Liaise with suppliers and manufacturers to resolve both routine and complex problems and investigate replacement options
  • 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
  • Hold specific safety responsibilities relevant to the specialism
  • Assist with the completion and updating of a wide range of safety paperwork
  • Oversee compliance tasks ensuring timely completion and maintenance of appropriate records
  • Complete accident reporting and assist with investigations
  • Maintain in-depth and up-to-date health and safety knowledge relevant to the specialism
  • Schedule, prioritize 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
  • Organize 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


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Demonstrable previous skills in cell biology & molecular biology techniques, in particular flow cytometry, nucleic acid preparation & cell culture techniques
  • Skills working with clinical specimens and sample collection/storage/recording/logging
  • Demonstrates technical and problem-solving capacity
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form
  • Ability to analyse problems
  • Ability to prioritise workload and plan effectively
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to show initiative
  • Confident
  • Ability to play an active part in a multi-disciplinary team & to liaise with external centres as required
  • An up-to-date knowledge of Health & Safety procedures in relation to laboratory research 
  • Demonstrable work experience in a relevant technical / workshop role
  • Excellent team working skills


  • Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines, with a positive and proactive approach to duties and diligence and attention to detail 
  • Contribute to design and specification of research/teaching activities 
  • Ability to adapt to changes in laboratory research priorities 
  • Specific lab or workshop and specific to role 

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
  • Ability to maintain detailed documentation of processes and willingness to establish standard working practices
  • Self motivated
  • Leadership potential
  • 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 equivalent) 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


  • BSc(Hons) in a related discipline preferred 
  • 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: 20801