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Scientific Support Assistant

Occupational Health and Safety Service, West Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 15th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £31,406-£40,927
  • REF: AN29455
  • Closes: 16th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

The University of Cambridge, Safety Office is looking to recruit a Scientific Support Assistant.

The Safety Office is an important part of the University’s professional services, providing specialist and general Health and Safety advice, knowledge and guidance in support of research and teaching, and in ensuring and underpinning a positive safety culture throughout the University. The Safety Office staff at all levels liaise with and provides advice to Departments, Institutes and Faculty staff, students, visitors etc. on good practice, ensuring compliance in all areas of health and safety, enabling decision to be taken on sound legal, moral risk and cost-effective basis. Liaison with external regulatory enforcement agencies forms a key part of the Safety Office remit, protecting the University from civil or criminal actions.

The role of the Scientific Support Assistant is as one of a small team of advisers and support staff in the Safety Office to:

~ provide health and safety support, advice, guidance and training to all sectors of the University (primarily departments/institutions)

~ provide comprehensive operational and administrative support for the section including for example the supervision of dosimetry and waste services

~ assist with specialist audits, carry out surveys, provide training and answer queries that arise from Departments on a day to day basis

~ draft the annual reports for the Environment Agency and, as with other OHSS staff, the role-holder may need to liaise with the Enforcement Authorities.

The role holder will be required to have:

  • First degree or equivalent – preferably in science subjects such as maths and physics
  • Recent practical Higher Education or commercial/industrial research laboratory experience
  • Knowledge of practical aspects of radiation protection
  • Computer skills – databases in particular
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to organise own work schedule
  • Aptitude for team working and experience with staff management
  • Planning, organisational and problem solving skills
  • Current driving licence with at least 3 years post-test experience (cars/vans)

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 16 January 2022.

Further information regarding the position is available within the Further Particulars (link below). To discuss the position further please contact: Sarah Boggie, email: safety@admin.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference AN29455 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
Further information

  • Scientific Support Assistant – Further Particulars
    Further information regarding the role including role overview, key responsibilities and duties and person specification.

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