- Job Title
- Laboratory Support Technician
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 24 Jan 2019
- Starting Salary
- £18,720 - £22,900
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 04 Mar 2019
- Months Duration
Main Purpose of the Job
Work as part of a Laboratory Support Team covering the three main science buildings across the John Innes Centre, providing an essential service to JIC Scientists. Duties will include preparation and distribution of sterile media and supplies, washing, drying and distribution of laboratory glassware, processing microbiological waste, and the routine use and maintenance of laboratory support work area equipment, e.g. autoclaves, glassware washers, pH meters, dispensing equipment etc. The post holder will also be responsible for maintaining communal consumable stocks, routine maintenance of equipment, laboratory waste disposal and recycling, quality assurance and health and safety related tasks in addition to some other general laboratory support and maintenance duties.
Laboratory Support Technicians will be deployed to JIC science buildings as required. When deployed to JIC science buildings the work of Lab Support Technicians will be overseen by the local Lab Support Supervisors.
Lab Support Technicians will work with staff at all levels including Science staff and Students, Stores and Purchasing staff, and Facilities staff.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Preparation and distribution of sterile lab-ware, media and consumables
- Use of lab equipment, including autoclaves, glassware washers, balances, pH meters etc. as required
- Collection and processing of biological and chemical waste
- Collection, washing and distribution of lab-ware
- Health and safety and quality assurance procedures
- Technical activities such as equipment maintenance
- Guidance, support and training of staff
- As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post.
Education & Qualifications
- 5 GCSEs at A* - C grade, or equivalent, (including English and Maths)
- 2 A Levels or equivalent
- RSciTech status
- NEBOSH (or equivalent) Award in Health and Safety
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Competence in Microsoft Office
- Sound understanding of Health and Safety
- Good numeracy and literacy skills
- Practical knowledge of the preparation of growth media
- Experience with laboratory equipment such as autoclaves, pH meters etc.
- Knowledge of quality assurance
- Recent post-study laboratory experience
- Experience in coaching and/or mentoring
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff
- Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks
- Commitment to supporting scientific excellence
- Ability to integrate well within a team
- Attention to detail and ability to follow Standard Operating Procedures
- Evidence of problem solving skills
- Good organisational and time management skills
- Ability to work independently and proactively
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Lift small loads up to 13kg at waist/chest height (Reasonable adjustments will be considered in the case of applicants with a disability)
- 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)
- Attention to detail
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
- Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Who We Are
John Innes Centre
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.
Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.
We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
Applications are invited for a Laboratory Support Technician to provide essential support to science staff at the John Innes Centre.
The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology.
The Laboratory Support Department provides an excellent and essential service to the scientists of the John Innes Centre across three main buildings. The successful candidate will join the Department and carry out a wide range of tasks, including the provision of sterile microbiological and plant growth media, supply of sterile glassware and consumables, collection and processing of laboratory glassware and biological waste, routine use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, waste and recycling collections and quality assurance and health and safety related tasks.
The ideal candidate:
We are seeking to appoint a proactive, enthusiastic person with good organisational, time management, communication and interpersonal skills to join a small laboratory support team. Previous post-study laboratory experience, a sound knowledge of health and safety, and competence in Microsoft Office, are essential. Candidates must also be able to lift small loads of up to 13kg at chest/waist height (reasonable adjustments will be considered in the case of applicants declaring a disability).
Salary on appointment will be within the range £18,720 to £22,900 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a fulltime post on a permanent basis.
We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.