Laboratory Technician

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City of Edinburgh (GB)
07 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
19 Jun 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Laboratory Technician

School of Energy Geoscience Infrastructure & Society

About Heriot-Watt University

About our Team

Detailed Description

Key duties and responsibilities

Provide technical support to staff and PhD students.
Set up and maintain experimental apparatus and test components under operational conditions.
Ensure that equipment is functioning properly and is ready to use.
Diagnose faults and undertake repairs/ maintenance on equipment , and apparatus used in research laboratories
Ensure that equipment is properly cleaned and that chemicals and other materials are properly stored.
Provide technical support and guidance for students and staff.• Mentor, train and instruct junior staff
Understand and acknowledge risks associated with the work activity and operate in a safe and compliant manner at all times applying control measures identified through risk assessment.
Monitor changes/trends and technical advances/ developments in the area of expertise and continue to expand and improve skills to keep up with new technologies in the field.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

Education, qualifications and experience


1. Educated to Scottish Higher/A-level standard (or equivalent).

2. Accomplished in using relevant inspection and measuring equipment

3. Able to work from drawings/sketches and verbal instructions and interpret the requirements of customers with limited competence in the relevant field

4. Able to set up a wide range of relevant apparatus/equipment and advise on correct use

5. Able to plan and organise assigned projects/programmes of work

6. Good technical fault finding and problem solving skills

7. Experience of preparing components/apparatus/samples to a high level of precision

8. Experience of relevant health and safety protocols

9. Demonstrate self-motivation and desire to achieve the objectives agreed with managers working towards the strategic goals set by the School, taking a methodical approach.

10. Demonstrate willingness and ability to continuously learn and develop new skills in line with changing trends in the technology field.

11. Computer literacy using Microsoft Office software and other packages

12. Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills

13. Demonstrable ability to work quickly, flexibly and accurately in a dynamic, changing and pressured environment

14. Demonstrable professional and proactive approach


1. First degree in Petroleum Engineering or a relevant subject

2. 2 years’ post-qualification work experience in a relevant role

3. Experience in the use of scientific equipment such as centrifuge, balances, PH meters, X-ray.

4. Experience in conducting highly-specialised two and/or three phase core floods

5. Capacity for innovative thinking

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) Wednesday 19th June 2019.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Mehran Sohrabi;

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of non-European nationals. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website:

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