Laboratory Technician

Durham, United Kingdom
£22,417 - £25,941 per annum
05 May 2021
End of advertisement period
19 May 2021
Contract Type
Part Time

School of Education

Grade 5: - £22,417 - £25,941 per annum
Open-Ended/Permanent - Annualised Hours
Contracted Hours per Week: 14
Closing Date: 19-May-2021, 6:59:00 AM 

Job Family: Technical, Research and Teaching Services

OUR CHARACTERISTICS: We are a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting.

OUR VALUES: We are inspiring, challenging, innovative, responsible and enabling.

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

It is expected that all staff within the University:

  • Contribute to our learning culture by engaging in mentoring, training and coaching.
  • Positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Have due regard to Health and Safety requirements appropriate to grade and role.

Family key attributes

Roles in this family provide creative and analytical input to facilitate the delivery of world-class teaching, learning and research activities.

Overall family purpose

  • Support stakeholders to ensure the delivery of research, teaching and scholarly activities.
  • Align and tailor services to meet strategic and operational research, teaching and learning objectives.
  • Prepare and set-up equipment, apparatus and resources to ensure the successful delivery of scheduled academic activities.
  • Monitor, manage and maintain teaching, learning or research facilities, workshops, laboratories and experimental environments to ensure compliance with internal and external regulations.
  • Contribute guidance, advice and/or professional expertise to increase intellectual and creative capacity for world-class teaching and research outputs.
  • Actively participate with peers and specialists internally and externally to expand knowledge and practice.
  • Design and construct equipment, environments, tools, techniques and methodologies to meet research and learning objectives.
  • Adapt and develop equipment, techniques and methodologies to meet research and learning outputs and timescales.
  • Engage and network with internal and external specialists and experts to facilitate knowledge exchange and enhance research, teaching and learning activities.
  • Work collaboratively and network across the University with staff in other families to ensure a smooth, timely and high-quality delivery of service.

Link to key strategic plan

  • An economically sustainable approach to delivering technical and experimental support services across the University;
  • Support and facilitate world-leading research across all academic departments;
  • Support and facilitate research that has a positive impact on global, national and regional challenges and which benefits culture, society, health, the economy and the physical environment;
  • Support and facilitate a rewarding research environment and an exceptional research-led learning experience;
  • Support and facilitate programmes that offer intellectual challenge, cohesiveness and a strong sense of progression;
  • A stakeholder-focused orientation, offering satisfying careers to all staff;
  • Ensure that an increasingly diverse workforce is treated equally, fairly and with respect, and that all staff are demonstrably valued and actively engaged.

The Department and role purpose

The School of Education has a vacancy for a part-time Laboratory Technician to support science, art and design and technology practical sessions on its Initial Teacher Education (PGCE Primary, PGCE Secondary and BA Primary Education) programmes.

Working under the direction of the relevant laboratory teaching staff, the post holder will be expected to work collaboratively with other technical colleagues to ensure comprehensive support for all lab sessions, including ensuring the smooth running of the laboratory and practical classes. The post holder will also be expected to undertake a key Health & Safety Coordinator role in the School of Education, with responsibility for managing health and safety matters in the School as identified by the School Manager. The post holder will be a member of the School’s Health and Safety Committee, with responsibility for developing, overseeing and implementing all Health & Safety processes and documentation relating to the Education science labs, in addition to any other responsibilities identified by the School Manager, and undertaking relevant training as required. This may include participation in University health and safety networks, in order to share and disseminate best practice, modifying internal procedures as necessary.

The successful applicant will have experience in laboratory practice, ideally in an Educational setting, and will ideally also have experience working with primary children as they will be required to assist with a number of primary school events delivered by the School of Education. Laboratory Practice includes experience and knowledge of relevant biological and chemical experiments and equipment, a very good understanding of Health and Safety regulations and their implementation, and a very good understanding of laboratory and equipment maintenance, and knowledge of the boundaries of a safe working environment.

Working closely alongside the ITE Director and relevant Programme staff, the post holder will also provide support for the production of resources, supplies and documentation relevant to the School’s ITE programmes.

The post is part time for 602 hours (typically 2 days per week) during the School of Education teaching year, commencing 1st August to 31st May each year.

Core responsibilities:

  • Act as more knowledgeable team member without responsibility for team members.
  • Plan and organise own workload with or without involvement with project work streams.
  • Resolve queries and requests for information and advice and escalate more specialist and complex queries or issues to more experienced team members.
  • Respond to stakeholder needs to deliver and shape an excellent stakeholder experience.
  • Apply theory and practice, from academic and professional development and previous knowledge within a service team.
  • Contribute to collaborative decision making within the team with service provision to deliver an excellent stakeholder experience in accordance with policy and procedures. 
  • Work collaboratively across the organisation and/or externally with colleagues and stakeholders to deliver a service.
  • Provide guidance and advice to resolve problems and queries for a broad range of service users.
  • Collaborate with team members to implement service alterations.
  • Organise and schedule resources, activities and events.
  • Identify priorities and monitor processes and activities to ensure success.
  • Provide more in-depth independent research and analysis activities within the role.
  • Analyse work activities to ensure the effective and efficient use of capital and consumable equipment and resources.
  • Provide demonstrations and instruction to others outside the team.
  • Support the capture of business requirements from users and work with colleagues to translate these into recommendations for future service provision.
  • Liaise with contacts and participate in networks and communities internally and possibly externally, contributing to effective collaborative working.
  • Advise others and make recommendations into work processes and procedures for consideration by senior management to improve services.

Role responsibilities:

  • Deliver professional technical and experimental services to support teaching, outreach, research and learning activities to meet sector and professional body standards.
  • Ensure the smooth running of a teaching or research facility and/or a range of laboratories, workshops, studios and/or experimental facilities.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to build, adapt, construct and repair test set-ups, experimental scenarios and laboratory equipment.
  • Utilise new and existing resources to deliver teaching, research and/or learning objectives.
  • Prepare and set-up equipment and facilities for the delivery of teaching, learning and research activities.
  • Liaise with others to identify resource requirements, store and deliver resources and keep accurate records of stock levels.
  • Liaise with academic staff and students and colleagues across the University to ensure a smooth and efficient service.
  • Provide supervision for teaching, learning and research activities, including students and staff.
  • Prepare safety documents and risk assessments for teaching, research and learning activities.
  • Record, monitor and collate information, analyse patterns and trends as part of teaching, learning and research activities.
  • Construct and/or repair mechanical, electrical, electronic and digital equipment and tools under the supervision of more experienced staff.
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Specific role requirements

  • Be prepared to work out of normal working hours on occasion and with notice e.g. to support events.

Recruiting to this post

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification.

In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

How to apply

We prefer to receive applications online. Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

What you are required to submit

  1. A CV; 
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  3. Examples of how you satisfy both the person specification and the Realising Your Potential Approach criteria. This may require completion of the 'Supporting Evidence' application section if specified by the recruiting manager. Please ensure you give detailed examples of how you meet these criteria if requested.

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.

Contact details

For further information please contact; Emma Meriste, emma.meriste@durham.ac.uk

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work. We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

Person specification - skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required

Essential Criteria

  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office.
  • Five GCSE’s at least Grade C or level four (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent experience).
  • Post-16 qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Experience of working in a team.
  • Ability to solve problems and resolve issues, plan solutions and make pragmatic decisions.
  • Demonstrable ability to provide advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues.
  • Ability to effectively network and exchange advice and information for development purposes.
  • Knowledge and expertise with the application of skills to create, build and construct resources, tools and equipment to meet teaching and research outputs.
  • Experience of monitoring activities of self and others to ensure health and safety regulations are adhered to.
  • Experience of managing time in order to meet deadlines.

Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant industry and professional recognition and certification of achievement of skills and knowledge.
  • Experience of teaching/research project working within an educational, commercial or industrial environment.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety policy across a broad range of regulations that underpin a safe working environment within the School.
  • Experience of working with primary school age children.

Realising Your Potential Approach

The Realising Your Potential Approach clarifies the behaviours expected to be demonstrated by all staff across Professional Services in the University regardless of their role. Along with the core responsibilities, role responsibilities and the person specification, the Realising Your Potential Approach behavioural indicators are used to inform the recruitment and selection process. Further information on the Realising Your Potential Approach is available here.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.