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Laboratory Technician

Requisition ID:  5245
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date: 

 

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: £21,814 - £24,771 per annum, pro rata

 

Closing Date: 26 October 2020

 

The Role

 

Reporting to the Technical Manager team, you will require specific technical and practical skills and a well-developed working knowledge of technical practices and procedures, acquired by considerable experience on the job and/or vocational training. You will work as part of a professional community to provide a technical support service to staff and students by mainly following established working patterns, and there will be a need to resolve most problems without access to more senior colleagues. You may involve developing skills in a particular specialist area or possibly planning and supervising the work of others.  You will be supported in your skills development, learning to generate and interpret whole genome sequencing data and protein and RNA expression data. There will be opportunities for you to expand your knowledge and skillsets in the field through regular laboratory and Wellcome Centre Progress Meetings, and a mentorship partnership will be established to enable future career planning.

 

You will be based at the world-leading Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (https://www.newcastle-mitochondria.com/), where scientific researchers and clinicians work together to carry out a broad range of clinical and basic research which aims to transform the lives of patients with mitochondrial disease. You will work within a team that aims to identify nuclear modifiers of mitochondrial DNA mutations (https://www.newcastle-mitochondria.com/sarah-pickett/) on a project funded by Wellcome (https://wellcome.ac.uk/) and L’Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science (https://www.forwomeninscience.com/en/home).

 

You will possess technical and practical skills and have considerable experience working in a laboratory environment. You will work within a team that aims to identify nuclear modifiers of mitochondrial DNA mutations. On appointment, you will learn to interpret whole genome sequencing data and generate and interpret protein and RNA expression data. We will support development of these skills and there will be opportunities to expand your knowledge and skillsets in the field through regular laboratory and Wellcome Centre Progress Meetings. We will establish a mentorship partnership to enable future career planning.  You will have a well-developed working knowledge of technical practices and procedures, acquired by considerable experience working in a technical laboratory role. You will work as part of a professional community to provide a technical support service to staff and students. You will mainly follow established working patterns, and will require initiative to resolve problems without access to more senior colleagues.

 

You will hold a BTEC HNC/HND or equivalent in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience. You will have a professional registration with an accredited professional body (including HEA) or a willingness to work towards this on appointment.  You will have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

 

The role is part time - up to 18.5 hours per week , fixed term for 12 months until November 2021

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Sarah Pickett (sarah.pickett@ncl.ac.uk)  

 

Key Accountabilities

 

  • Complete a range of maintenance activities and repairs
  • Liaise with suppliers and manufacturers to resolve problems and investigate replacement options
  • Advise on equipment capabilities demonstrating how results can be achieved
  • By developing local procedures, establish and maintain a safe/compliant working environment
  • 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 broad and up to date health and safety knowledge providing support/advice to others
  • Schedule, prioritise and monitor work and performance in line with demands and deadlines
  • Hold delegated responsibility from the academic/technical lead for the planning, operation and supervision of a variety of laboratory spaces
  • Work collaboratively with the other areas to ensure efficiency and elimination of duplicated effort
  • Organise and facilitate progress and management meetings
  • Be a key contributor to service development, delivery and planning
  • Contribute and support change
  • Oversee local record keeping, inventory and asset management
  • Monitor resource usage and stores operations
  • 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 a broad range of skilled research/teaching support
  • Prepare and manufacture a range of specimens/samples with limited direction
  • Manage equipment bookings and assist with recharging
  • Contribute to small and large scale building works
  • Design, develop and deliver inductions, demonstrations and training covering a broad range of activities (not limited to techniques and equipment)
  • Assist managers with the identification of training and development needs
  • Develop a broad knowledge and skills base, sharing with others
  • Mentor junior staff
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required

 

The Person (Essential)

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Thorough working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures, and experience of safe waste management within a workshop/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
  • Ability to adapt to changes in teaching/research priorities

Desirable

  • Contribute to design and specification of teaching/research activities

 

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

 

Qualifications

  • BTEC HNC/HND or equivalent in relevant subject or equivalent experience

Desirable

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

 

 

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: 5245