Research Technical Team Leader

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £33,309 (with progression to £40,927) per annum
  • REF: 13908
  • Closes: 29th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • 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: £31,406 to £33,309 (with progression to £40,927) per annum

Closing Date: Friday 29th November 2021

The Role

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to provide management of technical services as part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences Infrastructure team. This will include working with the senior Infrastructure team and as part of a community of Team Leaders across a range of locations to deliver a consistent, resilient and professional technical service.

You will be responsible for supporting a collaborative environment, fostering a culture of trust and mutual respect and championing the University’s values and guiding principles. As a senior leader within the Faculty, you will be a visible role model, demonstrating the highest standards of leadership and behaviour and contributing strategically to the development of an outstanding professional service.

The role will be responsible under the direction of the Infrastructure Management team for the planning, organization and management of Faculty research laboratories, workshops and facilities in their designated location of responsibility and expertise.

You will be the line manager of the relevant technical staff within their area, ensuring a comprehensive service which meets the Faculty’s objectives. This will include supporting academic and research staff with technical advice to progress research projects. The role will also provide technical advice and support for students working within the location.

You must be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of problem solving, flexible approach to working, team working and decision-making. The ability to build and develop networks is essential. A strong background in a related scientific discipline is required (BTEC HNC/HND is required) with significant professional experience in laboratory based biomedicine.

This is a full time, open ended post.

Informal enquiries may be made to: Tim Robson (Head of Infrastructure) via email:

Key Accountabilities

1. As a senior Professional Service leader, have collective responsibility for the vision of the Faculty, fostering a culture of service excellence.
2. Communicate the University and Faculty Strategies, inspiring colleagues by bringing the Vision to life and giving it meaning in the context of the Faculty and its aspirations.
3. Ensure a truly inclusive and respectful environment, by role modelling behaviours and ensuring the implementation of all Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (ED&I) policies and action plans such as Athena SWAN. The post holder will be expected to lead on actions and initiatives which promote ED&I and which support the Faculty’s ambitions to become an exemplar.
4. To lead and develop culture change to transform the PS of the Faculty into a PS team, working in one way, with key business partners and the rest of the University.This will include bringing staff together into networks and communities and leading and supporting these networks.
5. To lead,manage and develop a technical team, ensuring effective performance. This will include responsibility for staff induction, training, performacne management and Perfomance Development Review (PDR), the allocation and prioritisation of duties where appropriate. They will also aid with recruitment and authorisation of annual leave.
6. To support the InstituteTechnical Manager team with the planning, organisation and administration of the estate and wider technical service within their team’s area of responsibility. To ensure the effective maintenance, security and facility management of the specific location including any third party arrangements. To lead on discrete estate related projects, including University wide initiatives.
7. To provide man down, emergency responder and/or deputy support for the Faculty Infectious Diseases Facility.
8. In conjunction with the Institute Technical Manager team ensure satisfactory maintenance, repair and calibration of all equipment and instrumentation within their location. To assist in the forward planning to upgrade and replace equipment. In collaboration with the relevant Faculty team, to assist on the maintenance of the location Asset Register for planning and insurance purposes.
9. Monitor and maintain safe working environment to Health and Safety guidelines in conjunction with the Institute Safety Officer team. Attend local safety committees for the specific location as required.
10. Budgetary responsibilities, working with the Finance Business Partner to ensure effective financial planning, management and sustainability of the location, including approval of defined expenditure within the location where applicable.
11. Local line management of technical staff operating across the location.
12. Management of any relevant HR processes related to the local technical team.
13. To manage and organise the Faculty’s laboratories,workshops and facilities for the specific location to ensure safe, secure and effectve operation. This to include line management of associated technical staff; liaison with academic stake holders for the locationto ensure uniform and consistent delivery of research; and reviewing relevant research deadlines to ensure any organisational issues are addressed in a timely fashion.
14. To provide research based project work ( laboratory, workshop or facility based) appropriately as required including provision of specialist advice and liaison with relevant academic staff. Timely ordering of required consumablesto support research needs.
15. To inform academic staff of safety and legal compliance issues related to location specific research activity. To provide local advice and guidance to academic staff with regard to the production of Health & Safety documentation.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
• Substantial work experience in supporting research activity in a HEI laboratory, workshop or facility setting or relevant work environment with a proven track record of leading a technical team
• Up to date and detailed knowledge of relevant Health & Safety policy and procedure in a laboratory based setting & confident in advising colleagues on policy & procedure.
• Ability to implement and manage change with demonstrable recent experience and skills in staff management, and the ability to motivate and develop members of a team
• Proven written and verbal communication skills
• High level planning, organising and technical problem solving skills, with a proactive and innovative approach to problem solving utilising excellent prioritisation skills, and the ability to delegate tasks.
• Evidence of project management and financial budgetary management
• Good numerical skills and the ability to manipulate, analyse and present information for management use
• Experience of working collaboratively with academic staff
• Able to analyse, manipulate data for downstream use
• Excellent communication skills to be able to motivate staff & implement change
• Evidence of Estates networks, resolving maintenance problems, managing refurbsihment projects and/or understanding of estates processes and procedures.

Attributes and Behaviours
• Is inspirational and provides clear direction, particularly in times of uncertainty
• Role model of the University values and guiding principles
• People orientated, is approachable and has the ability to motivate and engage others
• Able to act objectively in dealing with complex problems, issues and decision making

• Degree or equivalent level qualification in a relevant subject or significant vocational experience, demonstrating development through progressively more demanding relevant roles.
• Professional registration with an accredited professional body or a willingness to work towards this on appointment (Desirable)

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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