Technical Services Officer - Biological Science

£26,829 - £28,452 per year Pro Rata
13 Sep 2017
06 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

Our Technical Services Officers support teaching in undergraduate laboratories, as well as expanding research activities. As such you will need to have an interest in working with students as well as researchers within the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.

You will assist academic staff in the delivery of laboratory based coursework; operate, maintain and demonstrate equipment; assist in the development of experimental modules; and assist in the preparation of equipment and materials for laboratory coursework.

We expect you to have good laboratory skills and have some experience of a wide range of techniques in the field of microbiology, molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry and/or isolated organ baths as well as preparation of reagents within a COSHH regulated environment. Enthusiasm, a willingness to learn, good organisational skills and computer literacy are essential.

We're in the business of changing lives, developing students into highly employable graduates. Be part of their amazing journey by joining our 1500 colleagues who already enjoy the richly rewarding work, vibrant community and lifestyle afforded by excellent holidays and flexible working opportunities.

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

Informal enquiries to Dr Marie Goua, 01224 262898.

Closing date: 6th October 2017

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of School


PURPOSE OF THE POST: To provide technical support for the School's Laboratory Programmes in Biological Science.


Assist academic staff in the delivery of laboratory based coursework.

Demonstration of equipment, skills and techniques, in respect of coursework, research and project work.

Assist in the development of experimental modules for research, coursework sessions and student projects.

Preparation of equipment and materials for laboratory coursework.

To operate and maintain laboratory equipment.

Maintain, order and receive, stocks of consumables in respect of the laboratory requirements.

Assist in ensuring safe working practices at all times within laboratories.

Ensure that all relevant health and safety documentation is maintained.

To carry out other duties as required by the Head of School.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Minimum of HNC/HND level or equivalent

Knowledge and Experience

Knowledge of working in Biology-related area.

Experience of working in a laboratory.


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Educated to degree level in a relevant area.

Knowledge and Experience

Knowledge of working in a microbiology laboratory.

Experience in working in higher education.


Behaviour 1: Service Delivery -Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers' expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards.

Behaviour 2: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner.

Behaviour 3: : Decision Making - Processes and Outcomes Experiences of: using own judgement to make decisions; making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions; providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others.

Behaviour 4: Initiative and Problem Solving - Experience of using initiative and creativity to resolve problems, identifying practical and suitable solutions.

Behaviour 5: Team Development - Experience of providing advice or guidance to new starts; delivering training or instruction to others on specific tasks or activities

See also:
Technical Services Officer - Biological Science.pdf