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Senior Laboratory Technician

Requisition ID:  1083

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date:  01-Nov-2019

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: £25,941.00 - £27,551.00 

Closing Date: 30/11/2019


The role


You will be one of a team of Technicians supporting the operation of, and providing technical support within the School of Engineering Laboratories and associated Facilities, particularly the Teaching and Research Laboratories, e.g. structural engineering, hydrology and hydraulics, geotechnical and materials testing and Urban Science Building laboratories used for Civil Engineering. In particular, technical knowledge of managing a hydrology and hydraulics lab would be very advantageous.


The Novak hydrology and hydraulics laboratory has received 600K worth of investment this year to upgrade the Laboratory, Infrastructure and Equipment, so this is a great opportunity for you to develop the technical support and management of this Laboratory.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the operation and operational maintenance of equipment and instruments; determining laboratory requirements and keeping up to date with relevant Health and Safety legislation, codes of practice and regulations.


You should hold a Higher National Certificate in Science or Engineering (or Equivalent Level 4 Qualification) or equivalent relevant technical experience. You will have post apprenticeship work experience in a relevant technical role as well as a thorough working knowledge of relevant Health and Safety procedures.


You should have excellent team working and communication skills and demonstrate technical and problem solving capabilities. Also, you will demonstrate good organising abilities in order to meet deadlines.  


Please note you must be able to work after hours during term time to ensure readiness of teaching laboratories for practical classes, for which time off in lieu is given.


Informal enquiries can be made to Mr Stuart Patterson, Technical Team Leader by telephone on 0191 2087391 or e-mail or Mr Paul Simpson, School Technical Manager by telephone on 0191 20887901 or e-mail


 Key Accountabilities


  • In conjunction with the Technical Team Leader for the activity, be responsible for the day-to-day operation of specific laboratories, facilities and items of equipment and/or machinery. To be responsible to undertake fault diagnosis, testing, repair, calibration and preventative maintenance on machinery and/or equipment.
  • To be responsible for the disposal of hazardous materials according to standard University procedures. Ensure compliance with relevant safety procedures including relevant risk assessments. In conjunction with the Team Leader and School Safety Officer monitor compliance with all statutory and local safety arrangements.
  • To train and advise staff and students in appropriate laboratory and/or workshop techniques and good laboratory and/or workshop practice to ensure that they are able to carry out their work in a safe manner. To provide laboratory and/or workshop supervision and training for postgraduate and undergraduate students and junior technical staff using the facilities to ensure safe working practices are followed.
  • In conjunction with the Academic, Research, other technical staff and students as appropriate, identify consumable and equipment requirements and initiate their ordering according to the School and University purchasing procedures. Keep financial records of any activities as directed by the technical team leader.
  • To contribute to regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and workshop and/or laboratory audits.
  • Provide comprehensive support and advice to staff and students on technical development, design, preparation, construction, assembly and setting up of experiments, including supporting the scheduling of project activities.
  • Responsible for undertaking tests and experiments as part of ongoing research teaching, or commercial outreach activities in accordance with appropriate standards, including collating, providing both data and results for interpretation, processing, and archiving.
  • Supervision and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students when undertaking practicals, projects in the use of equipment to obtain and process test data. This will include data acquisition using conventional and specialist instrumentation.
  • Assistance, advice and demonstration to staff and students in various applications such as structural engineering, hydrology and hydraulics and geotechnical and materials testing etc., and associated equipment.
  • Provision of advice, supervision and training of students and staff in the development, construction, modification and repair of equipment. The development and use of apparatus and instruments with various components for research, teaching and commercial outreach activities from verbal instructions and drawings using standard equipment and techniques.
  • Assisting with the installation, general operability, testing and maintenance of School plant and laboratory equipment both on and off-site. Liaising with contract service engineers for specialist equipment.
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required


The Person - Essential


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Significant post apprenticeship work experience in a relevant technical role
  • Thorough working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures
  • 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 diligence and attention to detail
  • Contribute to design and specification of research and teaching activities
  • Ability to adapt to changes  in  the workshop and laboratory, and research and teaching priorities
  • Substantial experience of working in and managing an Engineering Laboratory, including budgetary and safety issues
  • A good theoretical and practical knowledge of Scientific equipment, including repair and maintenance of such equipment


 Attributes and Behaviour


  • Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued.
  • Shares relevant and useful information with others
  • Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
  • Willing to help others and share workloads
  • Works in a planned and structured way
  • Ensures that all activities are completed on time
  • Ensures that others know how processes and systems work
  • Set own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
  • Looks at ways of overcoming obstacles rather than coming to a standstill
  • Keeps an open mind to alternative ways of doing things
  • Keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Has a positive attitude for doing things better
  • Takes responsibility for achieving own targets
  • Co-operates with others to achieve targets
  • Strives to deliver high quality results
  • Is enthusiastic in getting job done on time
  • Recognises the need for change and is forward looking. Promotes the benefits of change to others and regularly comes up with new ideas. Has the willingness to adopt new ways of working and to make improvements.




  • Higher National Certificate in relevant Science or Engineering (or Equivalent Level 4 Qualification) or equivalent relevant technical experience.



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: 1083