Senior Technician/Senior Technical Officer

Location
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
Grade 5 £33,114 - £37,804 per annum; Grade 6 £38,826 - £45,649 per annum, including London Weighting
Posted
18 May 2022
End of advertisement period
05 Jun 2022
Ref
044806
Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Job description

We are seeking a high-quality Grade 5 Senior Technician OR Grade 6 Senior Technical Officer to support the research undertaken by the Gautel group. The Gautel group, which sits within the Randall Centre for Cell & Molecular Biophysics Department at King’s, is committed to elucidating the mechanisms that organise sarcomeres and exploring the pathological implications of mutations in sarcomeric proteins such as Titin. Further details may be found here Gautel Group ( KCL).

Therefore, the postholder will be an ambitious and organised individual who holds a thorough understanding of the underlying technical/scientific theory and recent advances in molecular biology. Experience with Molecular biology techniques including PCR, cloning and protein expression are essential. Knowledge of cell-culture techniques, especially the generation, manipulation and maintenance of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) is desirable.  

A minimum level 4 qualification (e.g. higher apprenticeship, HNC or other Level 4 award, plus work experience in relevant area) is necessary for the Grade 5 position and Level 6 (e.g. relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent, plus substantial work experience in relevant area) for the Grade 6. Respectively, considerable and extensive work experience in the relevant technical/ scientific posts is a suitable alternative to the qualifications listed, with the addition of management experience required for the Grade 6. 

 

The Randall department is highly rated in research activities and has an extensive portfolio of taught and research programmes. Supporting our staff is very important to us and we offer a range of provision including flexible working, caring support, training, and promotion opportunities.  

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract until 30/09/2023 with possibility of extension. 

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

Grade 5

•       Provide in-depth knowledge of technical or scientific practices, methods and procedures gained through experience and/or formal qualification. 

•       Be responsible for the delivery and day-to-day management of a range of technical services, ensuring an efficient use of resources. 

•       Engage in Continuing Professional Development and training initiatives, in line with the Technician Commitment and Research Concordat for a minimum of 10 days pro rata per year. 

•       Manage/ supervise the installation, maintenance and security of equipment, systems, and software, with control over service budgets, stocks/stores equipment and supplies. 

•       Support a small team, advising and providing feedback and identifying training and development needs.  

•       Manage own workload, pattern of work and resources based on an agreed work plan. 

•       Be responsive to changing priorities and an evolving environment/context, maximising the efficiency of the technical support being provided. 

•       Use a systematic and timely approach to solve problems that have a moderate impact on the service of potentially up to a year making decisions independently using agreed guidelines.  

•       Use well-developed analytical skills to identify trends and patterns, using appropriate techniques and procedures to inform decisions. 

•       Work with colleagues and network within and beyond King’s.  

•       Actively engage in the King’s Technical Network, building a network across the Faculty to provide peer support and opportunities to share best practice. 

•       Forge relationships with colleagues in the university and externally, to build relationships, disseminate and get information, coordinate, and deliver the service. 

•       Provide advice/ guidance and, where appropriate, training. 

•       Communicate complex information in a clear and precise way, both orally and in writing. 

•       Adapt local procedures to improve the service to meet the needs of the users. 

•       Demonstrate leadership and innovation in the implementation of environmentally sustainable practices, recording progress through the King’s sustainability audit process and sharing good practice. Nurture and encourage sustainable practices and leadership within your team and networks. 

•       Be responsible for the compliance with relevant regulations governing the service, completing risk assessments to inform actions and ensure a safe and environmentally sustainable workplace.  

•       Report accidents/ incidents and participate in accident investigations where appropriate. 

•       Facilitate an inclusive culture and ethos working with academic, research and other professional services staff and colleagues external to King’s. 

•       Participate in cross-School/ Faculty/ university projects and initiatives for up to 10% FTE. 

Grade 6

•       Provide advanced technical expertise gained through experience and/or formal qualification, in a broad range of scientific/technical areas, and proficient use of complex procedures that require considerable skill with a thorough understanding of the underlying technical/scientific theory and recent advances. 

•       Engage in Continuing Professional Development and training initiatives, in line with the Technician Commitment and Research Concordat for a minimum of 10 days pro rata per year. 

•       Manage a technical service, budgets, and operations, in line with established standards and regulations. 

•       Plan and manage the installation, maintenance and security of facilities, with control over service budgets, stocks/stores equipment and supplies. 

•       Work independently based on an agreed work plan, setting own priorities and those of the team, working cooperatively to achieve the service objectives. 

•       Take independent decisions in a timely manner to solve problems that impact on the service for up to a year and contribute to collaborative decisions that have far-reaching (i.e., beyond the immediate area of responsibility) and long-lasting impact. 

•       Regularly gather and analyse data, reporting findings and using these to determine priorities. 

•       Deputise for line manager(s) and/or Department Manager as required, working with colleagues and networking within and beyond King’s.  

•       Be an active member of King’s Technical Network, engaging in cross-King’s initiatives and building a strong network across the organisation to strengthen and facilitate best practice used by the service. 

•       Forge relationships with colleagues in the university and externally, to disseminate and get information, coordinate and deliver the required service. 

•       Liaise with service users to refine the service.  

•       Provide advice and training on technical/scientific area of expertise. 

•       Communicate complex information in a clear and precise way, both orally and in writing. 

•       Use critical evaluation and problem-solving skills to respond to changing priorities to make improvements to services and protocols. 

•       Keep informed about developments in relevant technical/scientific fields and adopt and adapt new approaches/ methodologies to meet local needs. 

•       Demonstrate leadership and innovation in the implementation of environmentally sustainable practices, recording progress through the King’s sustainability audit process and sharing good practice. Nurture and encourage sustainable practices and leadership within your team and networks. 

•       Be responsible for the compliance with Health & Safety and other relevant regulations governing the service. 

•       Communicate, use and monitor safe working practices to maintain and improve health & safety compliance.  

•       Complete risk assessments, adjusting protocols and facilities to reduce the level of risk including negative environmental impacts. 

•       Report accidents/ incidents and participate in accident investigations. 

•       Facilitate an inclusive culture and ethos working with academic, research and other professional services staff and colleagues external to King’s. 

•       Participate in cross-School/ Faculty/ university projects and initiatives for up to 10% FTE. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria  

Grade 5

1.       Minimum level 4 qualification, e.g., higher apprenticeship, HNC or other Level 4 award, plus work experience in relevant technical/scientific posts OR Considerable knowledge and skills gained through work experience in relevant technical or scientific posts. 

2.       Experience with Molecular biology techniques including PCR, cloning and protein expression. 

3.       Evidence of an active commitment to career development including professional registration, such as RSci, or working towards CSci and clear progression in increasingly demanding jobs. 

4.       Extensive technical experience and knowledge of a range of scientific procedures and the underpinning scientific theory applicable to the work area and their environmental impact. 

5.       Clear spoken and written communication skills, with proficient computer use and strong interpersonal and influencing/behavioral skills. 

6.       Proactive and responsive to contacts in immediate area, across the wider organisation and externally (e.g., suppliers) to build relationships and network. 

7.       Solutions-focused self-starter, with excellent planning and analytical skills, able to manage competing priorities and work with minimal supervision. 

8.       Good working knowledge of regulations and best practice governing area of work, including Health & Safety and environmental sustainability. 

9.       Knowledge of environmental impacts of laboratory work and an interest in reducing the negative impacts. 

Desirable criteria

Grade 5

1.       Experience of supervising/advising junior team members, giving feedback on performance levels and training/coaching where necessary. 

2.       Able and willing to provide support beyond core hours, as required. 

3.       Knowledge of cell-culture techniques, especially the generation, manipulation and maintenance of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). 

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Essential criteria

Grade 6

1.       Level 6 qualification, e.g., relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent, plus substantial work experience in relevant technical/scientific service posts OR Extensive work experience in relevant technical/ scientific posts with management experience and/or qualification. 

2.       Experience with Molecular biology techniques including PCR, cloning and protein expression. 

3.       Evidence of an active commitment to professional development, such as working towards CSci and clear progression in increasingly demanding jobs. 

4.       Comprehensive technical experience and knowledge of a range of scientific procedures and the underpinning scientific theory applicable to the work area and their environmental impact. 

5.       Excellent spoken and written communication skills, with advanced computer use and strong interpersonal and influencing/behavioral skills to build a strong network to support the delivery of the service. 

6.       Solutions-focused self-starter, with excellent planning and analytical skills, able to manage staff and facilities, setting performance standards, and establishing protocols to deliver these. 

7.       Comprehensive knowledge of regulations and best practice governing area of work, including Health & Safety and environmental sustainability. 

8.       Knowledge of environmental impacts of laboratory work and an interest in reducing the negative impacts. 

Desirable criteria

Grade 6

1.       Formal Health & Safety qualification e.g., NEBOSH/IOSH. 

2.       Experience of supervising/advising junior team members, giving feedback on performance levels and training/coaching where necessary. 

3.       Able and willing to provide support beyond core hours, as required. 

4.       Knowledge of cell-culture techniques, especially the generation, manipulation and maintenance of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC).

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