Technician, Teaching, Practical Laboratory
£23,487 - £26,341 a year (reduced pro-rata)
Hours of work
University of York campus
27 June 2022
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The Department of Biology at the University of York is seeking to appoint two
enthusiastic full time (37 hours per week) term time only (34 weeks per
year) technicians to work in the Biology Teaching Laboratories.
You will join a team of nine technicians responsible for providing technical
and scientific support to all practical activities held within the purpose-
built Biology Teaching Laboratories. This includes cell culture facilities, a
fluorescent microscopy suite, technician preparation rooms and dedicated
laboratories for students to carry out experimental work on their own biology
Practical activities cover the whole spectrum of biology and are delivered to
a wide range of individuals including undergraduate, medical school,
primary/secondary school students and other visitors.
The Teaching Technician will be based predominantly within the Biology
Teaching Laboratories providing support throughout the facility as needed e.g.
Project Lab, Glass washing/Autoclaving.
Primarily working under the guidance of the Laboratory Managers you will
provide daily technical support and expertise to all activities within the
practical laboratories and associated facilities.
This will involve provision of materials and equipment as required for
practical sessions; dealing with academic and student requests, forward
planning and ordering materials; preparation and maintenance of specialist
equipment; demonstrating techniques (particularly within an area of
specialism); ensuring all work is carried out within health and safety
guidelines; keeping accurate records and reporting problems.
The Teaching Technician will also work under the direction of senior
colleagues to provide materials and equipment as required. This will include
preparing media and solutions, setting out equipment and general housekeeping
Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
A level, HNC or equivalent experience
Relevant theoretical and practical knowledge within the field of biology
Knowledge of laboratory safety regulations and procedures e.g. COSHH
Awareness and understanding of the operation of a science laboratory
Demonstrate practical experience gained within a relevant environment
(ideally a teaching laboratory) and be able to operate standard
Ability to perform tasks to a consistently high standard with attention to
Demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate
effectively with both staff and students
Manage your own time and effectively work to deadlines, adapting to any
changes quickly and easily
Work both independently and as part of a team. Maintain positive, open
attitudes to others and support colleagues. You should be dependable,
reliable and self-motivated.
Some flexibility is required as practical sessions are timetabled between 9am
and 6pm but this information will be known in advance. Please also note
University term time is not the same as school term time.
The post is based in the Biology Teaching Laboratories and although some
demonstration of equipment and techniques is required the role is not
predominantly teaching students.
Interview date: 27 June 2022
Expected start date : 1 August 2022
For informal enquiries: Jen Dyson email@example.com or Nicola Charlton
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