Laboratory Technician

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Jun 2021
  • Salary: £21,814.00 per annum
  • REF: 8804
  • 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: £21,814.00 per annum

Closing Date:11 July2021

The Role

You will display an in-depth knowledge of technical or scientific practices, methods and procedures gained through either experience and/or formal qualification and will deploy this knowledge to provide a range of technical support activities. The post will provide an opportunity to obtain experience at the chemistry-biology interface. Youshould provide synthetic chemistry, analytical and separations support to a group using structural and chemical biology to understand the roles and mechanisms of cyclin-dependent protein kinases to generate hypotheses for drug discovery. You will use a variety of methods including semi-preparative HPLC and LC-MS. You must be reliable, flexible and able to work well both unsupervised and in a small team. Youshould develop skills in fragment chemistry for probe design and in carrying out high throughput screens.

Working as part of a professional communityyou willprovide a technical support service to staff and students by mainly following established working patterns, but there will be a need to resolve most problems without access to more senior colleagues. You will be required to work within a large multi-disciplinary team that includes biologists, structural biologists and chemists. You will be based in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and will also work as required in the CRUK Drug Discovery Unit Chemistry group.

The position is funded by the Medical Research Council, and is available on a fixed term basis for 5 years, available from 1st August 2021.

Informal approaches can be made via emailto Professor Jane Endicott ( or Professor Martin Noble (

Information about the Cell Cycle Structural Biology Group can be found at:

Information about the Faculty of Medical Sciences is available at:

Key Accountabilities

• Conduct the chemical synthesis of compounds requiring specialist skills with limited direction.
• Conduct the purification of chemical samples requiring specialist skills with limited direction.
• Conduct the analysis of chemical samples requiring specilist skills with limited direction.
• Carry out routine protein expression, purification and crystallisation trials using established protocols as directed by the project lead.
• Support research staff to carry out mRNA display screens.
• Develop a broad knowledge and skills base, sharing with others.
• Develop expertise to carry out high throughput X-ray crystallographic protein-fragment binding studies.
• Assist with the maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment.
• Liaise with suppliers and manufacturers to resolve problems and investigate replacement options.
• Advise on equipment capabilities demonstrating how results can be achieved.
• By developing local procedures, establish and maintain a safe/compliant working environment.
• Assist with the completion and updating of a wide range of safety paperwork.
• Oversee compliance tasks ensuring timely completion and maintenance of appropriate records.
• Complete accident reporting and assist with investigations.
• Maintain broad and up to date health and safety knowledge providing support/advice to others.
• Schedule, prioritize and monitor work and performance in line with demands and deadlines.
• Organize and facilitate progress and management meetings.
• Contribute and support change.
• Oversee local record keeping, inventory and asset management.
• Monitor resource usage and stores operations.
• Source and negotiate with suppliers for a range of items including specialist parts/equipment.
• Create, update and implement procedures to deliver an aligned, efficient and effective service.
• Liaise with bioscience and chemistry colleagues to optimise opportunities for further collaboration.
• Provide a broad range of skilled research/teaching support.
• Mentor junior staff.
• Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Thorough working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures, and experience of safe waste management within a workshop/laboratory environment.
• Demonstrable work experience in a relevant technical laboratory role.
• Excellent team working skills.
• Demonstrates technical and problem solving capability.
• Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines with a positive and proactive approach to duties and attention to detail.
• Ability to adapt to changes in teaching/research priorities.
• Willingness to learn new techniques and develop experimental skill set.
• Contribute to design and specification of teaching/research activities (Desirable).

Attributes and Behaviour

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Good interpersonal skills to interface with staff.
• Attention to detail to ensure accuracy and precision.
• Work in a collaborative and flexible way.
• To exhibit University and Faculty values and principles.


• BTEC HNC/HND or equivalent in relevant subject or equivalent experience.
• BSc/MSc Chemistry (Desirable).
• Professional registration with an accredited professional body (including HEA) or working towards this on appointment (Desirable).

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: 8804

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