Research Technician and Lab Administrator

Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 04th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £21,000 to £22,414, with potential progression once in post to £27,268
  • REF: 80646
  • Closes: 30th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time


This role will be based within the Healthcare Technologies Institute which is part of the School of Chemical Engineering. The Healthcare Technologies Institute brings together leading experts from a variety of disciplines across the University of Birmingham, including chemical engineering, biomedical science, computer science, applied mathematics, chemistry and physics. Researchers across campus are working collaboratively to speed up the translation of new discoveries into health applications.

Job summary

You will provide technical support to research activities as required, utilising your technical skills and a wide range of techniques.You will also be expected to ensure your working area is safe and support others in following health and safety instructions. You may need to operate out of normal working hours to accommodate research activity. In order to flexibly use resource you may be given the opportunity to work in different areas of the department or wider University.

Main duties

  • Carry out techniques and experimental procedures as required by research staff, students and Principal Investigators, designed to contribute to a specific research project or projects.
  • You will be expected to resolve problems in your area of expertise but also to recognise when problems need to be referred to more senior staff.
  • You will need to maintain accurate records of all techniques and experimental procedures carried out, and of any other research activities you may be involved in, including results.
  • Comply with any legislation relevant to the area of research/activity.
  • Comply with the Standard Operating Procedures for the activity.
  • Demonstrate techniques to other staff and/or students on the area of expertise as required.
  • You will contribute to internal and external audit procedures and to regulatory inspections.
  • Carrying out cell, biochemical and molecular routine laboratory techniques
  • Maintainingand recording cell and molecular stocks

Health and Safety

  • You will be expected to uphold compliance with all University and local Health & Safety policies, including risk assessments and manual handling, reporting any breaches or non-compliance to the relevant manager.
  • You will be expected to manage the safe handling and disposal of all materials used in practical classes or research laboratories, including hazardous materials.
  • If required, assist or prepare risk assessments and keep these up to date.
  • You will need to maintain all records as appropriate.
  • Carry out regular maintenance processes as appropriate.

Administrative duties

  • You may be required to assist with PAT testing and calibration of equipment, and with updating equipment inventories.
  • Maintain stocks of consumables and, if necessary, creating purchase order requisitions.
  • Receipt and correct storage of consumables and chemical reagents.
  • Ensure that the facilities are maintained in a clean, functional and safe condition, reporting any problems.
  • Reporting any problems with equipment or services which cannot be resolved to the line manager as appropriate.
  • Adopt a proactive attitude to assisting with and implementing carbon reduction and energy saving measures where practicable.
  • Supports equality and values diversity, moderates own behaviour to avoid unfair discriminatory impact or bias on others.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade and skill base of the post holder.

Personal Specification

  • NVQ, BTEC/ONC at level three or equivalent level three qualification and specific relevant experience in an appropriate subject.
  • GCSE level 2 (A*- C) or equivalent level 2 qualification in mathematics and English.
  • Practical experience of relevant techniques and a working knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice.
  • Experience of working in a laboratory based research environment; or be able to demonstrate the capability to participate with practical classes or research projects.
  • Ability to organise and manage own workload after consultation with manager.
  • Familiarity with the use of a wide range of general laboratory equipment e.g. balances, pH meters, autoclaves, glass washing machines, microscopes.
  • Proactive approach to Health and Safety matters, together with the communication skills to interact with a range of people, including students.
  • Ability to be flexible to meet deadlines.
  • The post-holder will be fully familiar with the safe handling and storage of laboratory materials.
  • Good IT skills, having a familiarity with both Windows and/or Apple Macintosh OS will be advantageous.
  • Understands the importance ofequality and diversity in the workplace.
  • Ability to identify and respond to equality and diversity issues in line with relevant policies and procedures.


  • Some level of experience of working with neuronal and/or other cell cultures in 2D or 3D.
  • Experience in working with biomaterials.
  • Experience in microscopy and histology.
  • Experience in writing and disseminating results

Informal enquires to Emma LardnerE.C.LARDNER@BHAM.AC.UK

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