Devonshire Central Services Technician

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 29th Jun 2021
  • Salary: £19,133 per annum
  • REF: 9191
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £19,133 per annum

Closing Date:13 July2021

The role

The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to provide central services technical support for academic staff and students within the Devonshire Building. The role is required to provide sterile services, stores provision and waste management as part of the technical services team.

You will be part of a Central Services Team supporting the academic, research and technical staff and students within the Devonshire Building and associated facilities. This team will; provide a sterile media preparation service to include autoclaving fluids, utensils and laboratory discard materials; using asceptic technique to prepare media and plates for microbial culture; ensure a supply of clean laboratory glass and plastic ware to DNA analysis standards; dispose of chemical, microbial and laboratory waste materials in accordance with the University safe disposal procedures including COSHH, BioCOSHH and Genetic Modification risk assessment; under the direction of senior technical staff service the order and supply of stock materials, including the reception and distribution of incoming materials and consumables obtained through the University purchasing service.

We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment. This post is full time (37 hours a week) and available on a fixed term basis for 8 months.

We appoint on merit and value and respect the diversity of our employees and all applications are welcome, particularly from groups that are currently under represented in Technical Professional Services, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities.

Informal enquiries and requests for more detailed information should be directed to Dave Whitaker via email –

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Key Accountabilities

• To undertake safe disposal of chemicals, solutions, microbial cultures and waste laboratory materials on a daily basis as directed by senior techncial staff. This to include sterilastion by autoclaving as appropriate; and recording autoclave discard cycle printouts to ensure evidence that any such material has been made inert prior to removal offsite. Perform all such duties in compliance with the statutory and local safety arrangements for the facilties in accordance with any relevant risk assessment procedures. Report any failures of compliance to the senior technical staff for the area.

• Operate a central stores faciltity In accordance with the stock control system to maintain minimum stock levels. Under the direction of the senior staff, initiate orders to ensure sufficient supply of consumables and materials including any bottled gases and liquid nitrogen deliveries; and ensure that the building central store is kept stocked of all consumable items including gloves, wipes, disposable plastics etc. Administer the reception of incoming goods, ensuring correct distribution to end users or inception into the central store; and that the appropriate signatures for receipt of goods is obtained. Ensure that goods receipts are entered into the SAP purchasing system in a timely manner. Keep records of end users access to the central stores so that appropriate recharge can be made.

• Using autoclaves and asceptic technique produce the sterile equipment, media and plates/slopes/broths used in microbial culture by the building end users. Ensure sufficient quantaties of such items are produced to meet demand at all times by maximising the use of the available autoclave capacity. Record end user consumption of stocks to ensure any applicable recharge.

• Operate a turn around washing service for dirty glassware to provide a consistent supply of clean glassware to the laboratory end users. Manage laundry arrangments for the buiding to send dirty labcoats away for cleaning and resupply to laboratory end users.

• Undertake some frontline maintenance of multi user equipement as directed by senior technical staff, including support to manage the minus 80 freezer facilties.

• Demonstrate laboratory techniques to staff and students as appropriate and under the direction of senior technical staff.

• Support the distribution and support of stocks and stores across the SAgE faculty environs as part of the wider stores service. This to include (but not limited to) the Bedson, Drummond and Cassie buildings.

• Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required.

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Excellent team working skills
• Demonstrates technical and problem solving capability
• Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines
• Diligence and attention to detail
• Positive and proactive approach to duties
• Contribute to design and specification of projects
• Ability to adapt to changes in laboratory / research priorities
• Basic understanding of Health and Safety.


• Experience in using autoclaves
• Experience in using asceptic technique
• Demonstrable experience of managing stock control
• Experience using computer based ordering systems
• Experience of writing COSHH, BioCOSHH risk assessments.

Attributes and Behaviour

• Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued.
• Shares relevant and useful information with others
• Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
• Willing to help others and share workloads
• Works in a planned and structured way
• Ensures that all activities are completed on time
• Ensures that others know how processes and systems work
• Set own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
• Looks at ways of overcoming obstacles rather than coming to a standstill
• Keeps an open mind to alternative ways of doing things
• Keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
• Pays attention to detail
• Has a positive attitude for doing things better
• Takes responsibility for achieving own targets
• Co-operates with others to achieve targets
• Strives to deliver high quality results
• Is enthusiastic in getting job done on time
• Recognises the need for change and is forward looking. Promotes the benefits of change to others and regularly comes up with new ideas. Has the willingness to adopt new ways of working and to make improvements.


• GCSE/ NVQ / O-levels or equivalent experience.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 9191

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