Laboratory Technician
Post Details
Job Title
Laboratory Technician
Post Number
1003814
Closing Date
15 Dec 2019
Grade
SC8
Starting Salary
£19,250 - £23,321
Hours per week
37
Project Title
QI Technical Support Team
Expected/Ideal Start Date
08 Jan 2018
Months Duration
Indefinite

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Provide a high standard of technical support to academic and research staff in the Quadram Institute. The post holder will maintain working areas following protocols and good laboratory practice and support our busy and diverse research laboratories. The post holder will be involved in general housekeeping, glassware handling, media preparation, stock management and providing services to underpin the research programmes and postgraduate student projects. They will also provide an essential core service support that has key health and safety duties, all of which are associated with legal compliance such as; fume cupboard monitoring, testing and safe waste, biological waste stream management and chemical disposal. The post holder will be expected to work flexibly, which could occasionally include out of hours/weekend work.

Key Relationships

The technical support team is based within the Science Operations, and covers most of the labs at the Institute, where they interact with all bench scientists, Lab Managers, the Health and Safety team and with some members of the Facilities Management team

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Preparing specialist materials and solutions – including media formulation
15
Glassware management (collection, cleaning, return to stock, replacement)
15
Responsible for maintaining adequate stock levels and identifying items for purchase to maintain agreed stock levels
10
Assisting with decontamination under guidance and running the autoclave/sterilisation service for the science areas
10
Care and maintenance of research specimens and cultures
10
Participating in laboratory meetings when required
5
Providing assistance and guidance to staff, students and visiting workers as appropriate
5
Responsible for the collation, storage and recording of hazardous waste
5
Assist Health and Safety team and Lab Managers in the policing and communication of safety information and monitoring
5
Routine operation and maintenance and calibration of specialist equipment
5
Monitor and maintain gas cylinder supplies
5
Dependent on experience and knowledge, some instruction for staff and students in the operation of standard laboratory equipment and techniques, and assisting with basic technical related problems
5
Maintaining specific laboratory records including COSHH and Risk Assessment forms
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
3 passes at GCE A-level (grade A-E) and GCSEs in Mathematics, English and Science or equivalent qualifications.
Essential
HNC or first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Autoclave control and understanding
Essential
Well organised and accurate
Essential
Able to understand and conform to current Health and Safety regulations
Essential
Manual handling
Essential
Can demonstrate ability to take initiative in implementing project goals
Essential
Glassware function
Essential
Good IT skills
Desirable
Accurate record keeping
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Previous experience of working in a multiuser biological research laboratory.
Essential
Previous experience with quality control processes and reporting
Desirable
Previous experience in preparing specialist materials and solutions, such as media and buffers.
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Good communication skills, both written and verbal
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential
Reliable and conscientious
Essential
Good time management
Essential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
Essential
Flexible and responsive approach to tasks
Desirable

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required’
Essential
Willingness to attend training courses as required and apply knowledge gained.
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential
Ability to move large/heavy items such as loaded trolleys, waste receptacles etc. (Reasonable adjustments will be considered in the case of applicants with a disability)
Essential
Lift small loads up to 13kg at waist/chest height (Reasonable adjustments will be considered in the case of applicants with a disability)
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential

Who We Are

Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.

We are engaged in fundamental and translational food and health research, alongside clinical studies, endoscopy and industry, working together to become a leading international hub for food and health research, combining scientific excellence and clinical expertise, delivering impacts on patient care and accelerating innovation.

The Quadram Institute is a diverse and multicultural scientific community. We thrive on our international and European links, appointing staff from across the world. We expect this to continue post Brexit. However, any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

For more information about working at Quadram Institute Bioscience, please click here.

Department

Science Operations

Group Details

The Technical Support team has the potential to interact with all research groups based within the QIB laboratory areas. Covering a wide remit of research activities, providing technical assistance throughout.

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Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and motivated Laboratory Technician to join the Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), based in Norwich, UK.

The role:

The successful candidate will provide a high standard of technical support to research staff in the Quadram Institute. They will maintain safe and effective laboratories and ensure good laboratory practice. The postholder will be involved in general housekeeping, glassware handling, media preparation, stock management and providing services to underpin the research programmes and postgraduate student projects. They will also provide an essential core service support that has key health and safety duties, such as fume cupboard monitoring and testing and safe waste, biological waste stream management and chemical disposal.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates must possess at least 3 passes at A Level, or equivalent. They must also possess GCSEs, or equivalent, in Maths, English and Science. Recent experience of working in a multiuser biological research laboratory is essential, as are skills in autoclave control, glassware function and media preparation. The ideal candidate will be organised, able to work independently and have the ability to work flexibly within a small team.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £19,250 to £23,321 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a fulltime post on a permanent basis. We also welcome applications from individuals seeking part time work.

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide Tier 2 visa sponsorship.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society.  The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values.  To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

About the Quadram Institute:

The Quadram Institute is a new interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in food and health research. Its mission is to understand how food and the gut microbiota are linked to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. A partnership between Quadram Institute Bioscience, the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and BBSRC, it brings together scientists and clinicians in a new state-of-the-art building. The Quadram Institute is based on the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s largest centres of life sciences and home of the John Innes Centre and The Earlham Institute.