Department of Diabetes
The Department of Diabetes has an exciting opportunity for a technician to join the technical team supporting the Department’s laboratories in the School of Cardiovascular Science and Medicine. The role will be central to the day to day running of laboratories, supporting research projects and performing experiments under the guide of academics with diverse specialisms in type 1 & type 2 diabetes, islet biology, gut & metabolic health, mitochondria & diabetes and obesity & immunometabolism research. The applicant will also be involved in wider initiatives of the Department and its involvement within the School, e.g. improving sustainability, providing an excellent student experience.
The post involves a wide variety of duties centred on delivery of laboratory support to the Department including preparation of reagents, ordering and monitoring inventories of shared consumables, and participation in operational rotas as required (e.g. liquid nitrogen replenishment, gas cylinders and waste disposal). The post holder will be expected to assist the technical manager with general laboratory operations to maintain a clean and safe environment and support for laboratory equipment and assessment and procurement of new instrumentation. The post holder will support the running of human islet research tissue bank by organising courier collections and culture of islets, and support the implementation of sustainable laboratory practices.
In delivering research support, the post holder will have the opportunity to gain experience in new techniques and be involved in multiple research projects. This will include preparing and performing experiments, generating and analysing data with high standards of scientific conduct, and presenting findings to internal research meetings. The post holder will also assist with development of experimental procedures, training of students in common laboratory methods and any other duties that may be required which are consistent with the nature and grade of the post.
This is an excellent opportunity to develop skills and gain experience in a diverse range of laboratory techniques and research topics. Candidates are expected to have previous experience in molecular and cellular biology techniques including some of the following: histology, PCR, DNA/RNA extraction, cell culture, fluorescence microscopy, radioimmunoassay, in vivo work.
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract
This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent
This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.
• Provide a range of services to established standards through use of technical skills and knowledge of technical or scientific procedures.
• Engage in Continuing Professional Development and training initiatives, in line with the Technician Commitment.
• Oversee facilities ensuring efficient use of resources, installing, maintaining, and securing equipment, software and stocks while adhering to King’s principles of ethics and sustainability.
• Manage own workload responding to changing priorities, maximising the efficiency of the technical support being provided and resolving problems.
• Use analytical and problem-solving skills to identify trends and patterns, using appropriate techniques and procedures to inform decisions.
• Resolve routine and complex problems that arise.
• Actively engage in King’s Technical Network to share best practice. Forge relationships with colleagues in the School
• Provide advice, guidance and training.
• Communicate information in a clear and precise way, both orally and in writing.
• Contribute to ideas for improving current working methods and procedures.
• Implement local environmentally sustainable practices, following the King’s sustainability audit process. Collaborate with colleagues to share good practice and support wider sustainable initiatives and suggest new ideas where you see that improvements could be made.
• Implement and monitor compliance with regulations governing the service (including biological, chemical and radiation safety), to ensure a safe and environmentally sustainable workplace. Report accidents/incidents to line manager.
• Facilitate an inclusive culture and ethos working with academic, research and other professional services staff and colleagues external to King’s.
• Participate in cross-School/ Faculty/ university projects and initiatives for up to 10% FTE.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
- Minimum level 3 qualification, e.g. A levels, AS levels, International Baccalaureate diploma or other Level 3 qualification, plus work experience in relevant technical/scientific posts OR Considerable knowledge and skills gained through work experience in relevant technical or scientific posts.
- Evidence of an active commitment to career development including professional registration, such as RSciTech or RSci and clear progression in increasingly demanding jobs.
- Knowledge and practical use of a range of technical skills and their environmental impact.
- Ability to apply learnt techniques to the work context
- Clear spoken and written communication skills, with proficient computer use and strong interpersonal and influencing/behavioural skills.
- Proactive and responsive to contacts in immediate area, across a wider organisation and externally to build relationships and network.
- Solutions-focused self-starter with strong planning and analytical skills, able to manage competing priorities and work with minimal supervision.
- Working knowledge of regulations and best practice governing area of work, including Health and Safety and environmental sustainability.
- Experience in supervising/advising less experienced colleagues, monitoring, and providing feedback on performance.
- A commitment to an excellent student experience, and a concern for staff and student wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias.
This post will require occasional site visits to other Campuses within the London area.