Laboratory Support Technician
Post Details
Job Title
Laboratory Support Technician
Post Number
1003613
Closing Date
24 Jan 2019
Grade
SC8
Starting Salary
£18,720 - £22,900
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
04 Mar 2019
Months Duration
Indefinite

Job Description

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.

Key Relationships

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

Percentage
Preparation and distribution of sterile lab-ware, media and consumables
25
Use of lab equipment, including autoclaves, glassware washers, balances, pH meters etc. as required
20
Collection and processing of biological and chemical waste
15
Collection, washing and distribution of lab-ware
10
Health and safety and quality assurance procedures
10
Technical activities such as equipment maintenance
10
Guidance, support and training of staff
5
As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post.
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
5 GCSEs at A* - C grade, or equivalent, (including English and Maths)
Essential
2 A Levels or equivalent
Essential
RSciTech status
Desirable
NEBOSH (or equivalent) Award in Health and Safety
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Competence in Microsoft Office
Essential
Sound understanding of Health and Safety
Essential
Good numeracy and literacy skills
Essential
Practical knowledge of the preparation of growth media
Desirable
Experience with laboratory equipment such as autoclaves, pH meters etc.
Desirable
Knowledge of quality assurance
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Recent post-study laboratory experience
Essential
Experience in coaching and/or mentoring
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff
Essential
Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks
Essential
Commitment to supporting scientific excellence
Essential
Ability to integrate well within a team
Essential
Attention to detail and ability to follow Standard Operating Procedures
Essential
Evidence of problem solving skills
Essential
Good organisational and time management skills
Essential
Ability to work independently and proactively
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
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
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
Attention to detail
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential

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.

Department

Laboratory Support

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Applications are invited for a Laboratory Support Technician to provide essential support to science staff at the John Innes Centre.

The role:

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).

Additional information:

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.