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  • Posted on: 02nd Sep 2021
  • Salary: £24,736 - £27,961, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 031145
  • Closes: 16th September 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

The Centre for Education within the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine focuses on enhancing the faculty’s undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research programmes.

We are looking for 3 technicians to work in a team of technical staff providing support for practical teaching on the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, and/or the Guy’s Campus. This will be a dual role where the post holder will be expected to assist with general autoclaving and glass washing plus take up a research project/non-teaching role outside of practical teaching times, in agreement with the Campus Teaching Technical Manager.

Experience of multi-disciplinary undergraduate practical teaching across disciplines such as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Forensics, Anatomy, Human Physiology, Physiotherapy or Pharmacology plus research lab experience would be an advantage

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract

This is a full time post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Technical support for teaching practicals.
  • Assist and be involved in an ongoing research project.
  • Assist in general technical duties such as autoclaving and glass washing.
  • Engage in Continuing Professional Development and training initiatives, in line with the Technician Commitment and Research Concordat for a minimum of 10 days pro rata per year
  • Maintain service facilities ensuring efficient use of resources, installing, maintaining, and securing technical equipment systems and software and controlling associated stocks/store, equipment, and supplies
  • Work to an agreed work plan and day-to-day objectives set by the line manager(s)/ supervisor. Prioritise work, dealing with activities/ enquiries/ incidents as and when they arise, working independently without reference to a line manager or supervisor, using standard procedures and initiative.
  • Assist with all aspects of Health and Safety and understand regulations governing laboratory work, including safe disposal of chemicals, biohazards, and radioactive materials, managing, and applying safe working practices
  • Implement local environmentally sustainable practices, following the King’s sustainability audit process, where appropriate. Collaborate with colleagues to share good practice and support wider sustainable initiatives and suggest new ideas where you see that improvements could be made.
  • Contribute to ideas for improving current working methods and procedures
  • Facilitate an inclusive culture and ethos working with academic, research and other professional services staff and colleagues external to King’s.
  • Form a network of contacts to provide support and share best practice.
  • Resolve routine and complex problems that arise in the local service putting in place mechanisms to minimise future problems. Support less experienced colleagues in making day-to-day local operational decisions.
  • Communicate, both orally and in writing, complex information in a clear and precise manner.
  • Contribute to cross School/Faculty/University initiatives
  • Interpret and evaluate data.

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

Essential criteria

1. Minimum level 3 qualification or equivalent work experience knowledge.

2. Practical Teaching and Research Laboratory experience.

3. Punctuality.

4. Communication.

5. Understanding of Health and Safety legislation.

6. Good planning and organisational skills.

7. IT competency including Microsoft Office packages

8. Ability to learn new techniques.

9. Good team worker.

10. Manual Handling

Desirable criteria

1. Commitment to Professional development such as RSciTech

2. Able and willing to provide support beyond core hours, as required

3. Experience of supervising/advising less experienced colleagues such as apprentices.

Further information

Selection process will be via application and interview via Microsoft Teams.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

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