Technician, Environmental

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
06 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Location Edinburgh, GB      

Organization Name School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society      

About Heriot-Watt University          

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

For full details on our University please view our Careers at Heriot-Watt http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers-at-heriot-watt.htm

About our Team          

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society is one of the UK's leading institutions for multidisciplinary research in areas critical to economic development and societal equity. We aim to attain excellence in the teaching of the core disciplines that contribute to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society and are committed to undertaking high value, high impact research and knowledge transfer in topics of relevance to global challenges.

The School enjoys facilities consistent with its location in modern, purpose-built accommodation on the Edinburgh campus. The School is well-equipped in respect of laboratories for materials, structures, engineering, building services and hydraulics research and teaching. Our research and teaching facilities in Dubai and Malaysia are contained within purpose-built campuses in Dubai Academic City and Putrajaya, respectively.


The School's undergraduate teaching on our Edinburgh campus covers civil and structural engineering, architectural engineering, construction project management, quantity surveying, geography, urban studies, interior design and the biology suite. On our Dubai campus we teach civil and structural engineering, architectural engineering, architecture, construction management, quantity surveying and interior design. On our Malaysia campus we teach civil engineering, construction project management, quantity surveying and petroleum engineering. We offer a high quality educational experience underpinned by practical and laboratory teaching, and informed by contact with professional practice. Most of our degree programmes hold the appropriate accreditation from the relevant professional body. This educational philosophy ensures excellent employment prospects for all of our graduates.

Programmes of postgraduate study are aligned to the expertise contained in each of research institutes. Our postgraduate students therefore benefit from state-of-the-art knowledge in their chosen study area. You can find further information about the School's postgraduate programmes at https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/postgraduate-programmes.htm


The School is one of the leading research centres in the UK. It has sustained a high reputation for the international standing of its research over two decades. Research within the School is organised into six Institutes: https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/research.htm

  • Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES)
  • The Urban Institute (TUI)
  • Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE)
  • Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE)
  • Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design (CESBD)
  • Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE)

All academic staff based on the Edinburgh and Dubai campuses contribute to the research activities of one of our Institutes.

These Institutes support a wide range of research activities of relevance to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society. Institute staff undertake research funded by research councils, charitable foundations, local and national government. Research outcomes are published in leading international and national journals and key findings are widely disseminated through other media and forms of output. The advertised post falls within the domain of the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences.

The Institute for Life and Earth Sciences (ILES)

The Institute of Life and Earth Sciences is unique in Scotland in providing research and education across the disciplines of biological sciences, food science, microbiology, marine science, and geoscience in an integrated and multidisciplinary way. The Institute offers top quality undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive fashion using modern approaches to learning and teaching which are designed to meet the needs of future employers. The Institute provides an exciting and attractive environment in which to study as an undergraduate student or to engage with your research. ILES includes the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology, based in Edinburgh, and specialising in geoscience and ecosystem science, and working in very close collaboration with the British Geological Survey, with whom they share a building, and the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), based at Heriot-Watt's Orkney campus in Stromness, which is internationally recognised for its research, teaching and consultancy in the planning and management of marine resources.

Detailed Description          

The successful candidate will support the Environmental teaching laboratories, as well as help maintain the associated facilities of the John Muir Building, within the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences. This will involve ensuring the effective running of the facilities on a day-to-day basis; managing stocks of consumables and equipment items; setting up, adjusting, calibrating, cleaning, maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory equipment; ordering equipment and consumables, as necessary, including new teaching supplies; contacting suppliers for detailed specifications; obtaining quotations for equipment or services, pricing, and on-site demonstrations; maintaining records of expenditure; ensuring that health and safety practices in the laboratories and aquaria are complied with and keeping the risk assessments and COSHH information up to date.

Key duties and responsibilities          

  • Ensuring the effective running of the Environmental facilities on a day-to-day basis
  • Setting up, adjusting, calibrating, cleaning, maintaining and troubleshooting laboratory equipment.
  • Ordering equipment and consumables, including new teaching supplies
  • Contacting suppliers for detailed specifications, obtaining quotations for equipment or services, pricing and on-site demonstration
  • Maintaining records of expenditure
  • Managing stocks of consumables and equipment items
  • Ensuring that health and safety practices in the laboratories and aquaria are complied with and keeping risk assessments and COSHH information up to date
  • Working in partnership with the ILES Technical Services Manager, Academic and research staff and students, to identify issues, trends and problems.
  • Establishing strong working relationships to understand and manage the user demand and requirements, ensuring that the requirements of each of the research groups are understood, assessed and prioritised.

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          


  • HND, first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area (e.g. Environmental Science, Biology, Biochemistry)
  • Laboratory experience in  microscopy, biochemical assays, toxicity testing, elemental analysis
  • Technical experience with equipment, aquaria, tubing, water and gas supply
  • A full, clean driving licence
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office and statistical software (e.g. Minitab, SPSS)
  • Excellent communication skills and experience of supporting users with varying technical backgrounds
  • Ability to work both alone and within a team working co-operatively with junior and senior colleagues
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Strong team-player and able to work using own initiative in a busy environment
  • A willingness and ability to understand new technologies and to use these appropriately

How To Apply          

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on Sunday 22nd September 2019

Consideration will be given to applications on a part-time and/or job-share basis.

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: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

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