Technician: NMR

University of Glassgow
December 05, 2022
Offerd Salary:£23,715 - £27,929
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Technician: NMR

Job Purpose

To provide in-depth technical expertise to several research groups and laboratories within the School and provide advice on the creation, set up and best operation of technical resources to aid the delivery of research and/or teaching objectives. To provide technical support to the NMR service and ensure the service runs reliably with minimal downtime.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide in-depth technical support to academic and student service users within the specified discipline or assigned research project/s. Contribute to the overall smooth and efficient running of the labs to ensure an excellent experience for service users.

2. Provide support to the School's NMR service and assume responsibility when the Lead NMR technician is unavailable.

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

4. 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.

5. Design, plan and organise technical activities to meet the needs of service users within agreed timescales.

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

7. Collect, 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/or teaching related data.

8. To advise, train and provide guidance to service users in the best application and operation of technical resources.

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

10. Where relevant, and in consultation with relevant senior staff, ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the technical workspace 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.

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

12. Develop & maintain local records & processes to support the group, including SOPs, purchasing, maintenance/service records.

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

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

15. Any other reasonable duty as requested by Head of School or line manager.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/ Qualifications


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 Knowledge of various analytical techniques as applicable to synthesis of organic molecules (NMR, Mass Spec, IR, UV-Vis, fluorescence spectroscopy).

A3 Detailed technical knowledge and expertise in relevant discipline.

A4 Up to date knowledge of relevant laboratory Health and Safety legislation.


B1 Working towards Professional Registration with relevant body.

B2 BSc Degree or equivalent in relevant discipline is desirable.



C1 Demonstrable in-depth technical skills aligned to the specified discipline or assigned research project. Proven skills in the synthesis, purification and characterisation of organic compounds.

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.



E1 Significant relevant work experience within a similar environment, including evidence of previous professional development.

E2 Experience of understanding and interpreting the technical requirements of service users and implementing appropriate methods of achieving their needs.

E3 Experience of planning and organising own workload to meet the needs of service users.


F1 Experience with the maintenance, running and repair of NMR spectrometers.

Job Features


Provide high quality technical support for the NMR service and research laboratories throughout the School of Chemistry.

Planning and Organisation

Plan and implement the use of resources within the research labs.

Be aware of funding issues and potential impact on research downtime.

Planning of technical/research activity on a weekly/monthly basis in liaison with PIs/NMR technician.

Internal and External Relationships

PIs in relation to supporting lab areas.

Lead NMR technician with regards to providing support for NMR service.

Technical Manager for fabric, risk assessments and audit process.

Suppliers, engineers, service providers to ensure efficient, continued operation of high-end facilities.

Academic colleagues, PGRs, PDRAs with regard to operations and training.

Research partners/collaborators on use of facilities/results and dissemination.

Decision Making

Prioritise own workload, adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes.

Respond to general/specific enquiries appropriately.

React to and interpret response to any queries that occur.

Identify, diagnose and propose solutions to problems within remit of the role.

Ensure cost effective procurement of material and equipment.

Problem Solving

Proven troubleshooting/fault resolution skills.

Provide specialist technical advice to all laboratory/service users.

Identify and use judgement to manage technical problems.

Propose novel solutions to research problems.

Be first point of contact for all identified fabric issues within the labs.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 5, £23,715 - £27,929 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and open ended.

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 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.

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Vacancy Ref : 102532 Close Date : 05-Dec-2022 23:45

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