Lab Technician

University of Glassgow
June 20, 2024
Offerd Salary:£25,138 - £29,605
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Lab Technician

Job Purpose

To provide in-depth technical expertise in Archaeological science and provide advice on the creation, set up and best operation of technical resources including laboratory facilities, equipment, chemicals and consumables, to aid the delivery of research and teaching objectives in Archaeology. In addition, the postholder will undertake a range of technical support activities in line with the College/School Strategy.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide in-depth technical support to academic and student service users within the broad area of Archaeological Science. Contribute to the overall smooth and efficient running of the laboratories and equipment, preparation for teaching and research projects, tidying and safe disposal of waste to ensure an excellent experience for service users.

2. Provide in-depth technical knowledge, solutions, and advice to service users to maximise the learning experience and/or contribute to the delivery of research and teaching objectives.

3. Develop, create and test new equipment, systems, procedures, protocols, models and/or techniques. Diagnose faults and troubleshoot day-to-day problems carrying out appropriate maintenance as required.

4. Design, plan and organise archaeological science activities to meet the needs of service users within agreed timescales.

5. In liaison with relevant senior staff, monitor technical standards. Advise, implement and evaluate improvements to existing protocols as required.

6. Undertake archaeological science-based archaeological laboratory work, such as the preparation of samples for chemical analysis, thin sections and various forms of microscopy, maintain appropriate cold storage of organic artefacts, flotation and wet sieving of environmental samples, preparation of samples for pollen and/or micro-botanical analysis, geoarchaeological analysis. Analyse and interpret data using standard procedures and ensure that accurate records are kept and databases are updated accordingly. Present findings accurately. This may include research and teaching related data.

7. To advise, train and provide guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and academic staff in the best application and operation of technical resources.

8. Where relevant, maintain appropriate chemical and other stock levels, including appropriate preparation of specialised materials and samples as required, and purchase consumables and supplies within defined budget. Ensure safe implementation and ongoing storage of potentially hazardous materials.

9. Where relevant, and in consultation with relevant senior staff, ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the technical work-space and facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting the completion of risk assessments and COSHH assessments, ensuring that all Health and Safety paperwork is completed timeously and recorded accurately, and implementing and adhering to all applicable health and safety policies, including specialist legal procedures for certain materials.

10. Where relevant supervise staff including allocating work and monitoring progress and outputs.

11. In roles within teaching laboratories, undertake general administration as required. This may include recording student attendance and collating student assessment marks for feedback to the academic lead.

12. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and contribute to the wider College/ School activities as required.

13. Keep up to date with advances in archaeological science and apply this knowledge to technical activities to further enhance the learning experience and/or contribute to the delivery of research aims.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience



A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 7 Advanced Higher / Scottish vocational Qualification level 3, Higher National Certificate or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role. A2 Detailed technical knowledge and expertise in Archaeological Science with specialism in Environmental Archaeology or allied area.

A3 Up to date knowledge of relevant laboratory Health and Safety legislation.

A4 BSc Degree or equivalent in Archaeological Science or related relevant discipline is desirable. A5 Working towards Professional Registration with relevant body.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1 Demonstrable in-depth technical skills aligned to archaeological science and environmental archaeology.

C2 Significant IT skills, including proficient user of relevant specialist and standard software packages.

C3 Well-developed analytical and problem-solving capability, including high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

C4 Proven interpersonal and communication skills.

C5 Excellent teamworking skills and where relevant to the post, supervisory or line management skills.

C6 Ability to plan and prioritise workload to meet competing demands.

C7 Significant relevant work experience within a similar environment, including evidence of previous professional development.

C8 Experience of understanding and interpreting the technical requirements of service users and implementing appropriate methods of achieving their needs.

C9 Experience of planning and organising own workload to meet the needs of service users.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 5, £25,138 - £29,605 per annum pro rata.

This post is part-time (21 hours per week), and open ended (permanent).

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

In line with the commitments in the University of Glasgow's Gaelic Language Plan, we also welcome and value skills in Gaelic language for anyone working within areas where key Gaelic services are delivered, in particular within the School of Humanities / Sgoil nan Daonnachdan and the College of Arts

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 147628 Close Date : 20-Jun-2024 23:45

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