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Laboratory Technician

Requisition ID:  21483

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  02-Aug-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: £23,144 to £24,285 with progression to £26,396 per annum


Closing Date: 31 August 2022


The Role


Reporting to the Technical Team Leader, the role 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, but there will be a need to resolve most problems without access to more senior colleagues. The role may involve developing skills in a particular specialist area or possibly planning and supervising the work of others.


This is a full-time, open-ended post. 


For any informal enquiries about this role, please contact Christine Aldridge (


Key Accountabilities

  • Provide a broad range of skilled research/teaching support
  • Prepare and manufacture a range of specimens/samples/solutions with minimal direction
  • 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, prioritize 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
  • Organize 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
  • 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 


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
  • Technical and problem-solving capability
  • 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


  • Contribute to design and specification of teaching/research activities 


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Co-operative
  • Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
  • Shares relevant and useful information with others
  • Keeps other team members up to date with progress
  • Gets involved with team tasks
  • Willing to help others and share workloads
  • Supportive of team decisions
  • Asks others’ opinion
  • Encourages others to get involved
  • Talks about other team members in a positive way
  • Respects the value that different views bring to the team

Planning and Organising

  • Planning and managing own work
  • Works in a planned and structured way
  • Uses own and others’ time effectively
  • Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
  • Plans workload and tasks in a systematic way
  • Ensures that all activities are completed on time
  • Uses systems and tools to ensure records and audit trails are clear and up to date
  • Keeps work systems up to date, neat and tidy
  • Ensures that others know how process and systems work

Delivering Services 

  • Getting the job done well
  • Sees others departments and colleagues as “customers” and follows through on their enquiries and requests
  • Keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
  • Co-operates with others in achieving targets
  • Takes responsibility for achieving own targets
  • Has a positive attitude for doing things better
  • Looks for ways to make immediate improvements ( quick wins)
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Strives to deliver high quality results
  • Is enthusiastic in getting the job done on time


  • Clear communicator
  • Is factually correct and gives consistent verbal and non verbal messages
  • Clear and concise; gets the message across to others
  • Chooses communication tools appropriately e.g. selective use of emails and other channels of communication
  • Tailors content of communication to the audience, changing style, tone and format appropriately
  • Uses face to face communication regularly; team meetings, one to ones, informal discussions/chats, briefing sessions etc
  • Can hold attention of others using appropriate techniques; questioning, rhetorical questions, changing tone and pace of voice and animated style

Embracing Change 

  • Making improvements in your own role
  • Comes forward with new ideas and concepts
  • Anticipates change and prepares for it
  • Accepts change and “runs” with it
  • Willing to experiment, enterprising in approach
  • Builds on others’ ideas and suggestions
  • Willing to change ways and policies in light of new information



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


  • Professional registration with an accredited professional body (including Advance HE) 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: 21483