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Senior Technician

Employer
KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£36,532 – £41,299 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
11 Sep 2024

Job Details

Job description

King’s College London, School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine & Sciences (SCMMS) provides an outstanding multi-disciplinary environment for the pursuit of cutting-edge cardiovascular and metabolic research ( https://www.kcl.ac.uk/scms). We study the fundamental molecular, cellular, and physiological processes that underlie normal and abnormal cardiovascular and metabolic function in state-of-the art core facilities. We drive the translation of this strong basic science into advances in clinical practice to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment, across Guy’s, FWB, St Thomas’ and Denmark Hill campuses. 

We are looking to recruit one senior technician who will contribute to the smooth running of our SCMMS research labs, especially the ones based in our South Bank Section (FWB and St Thomas). The successful applicant is expected to contribute to a number of technical objectives including but not limited to, health and safety compliance, good laboratory practice, maintenance of equipment and smooth running of the laboratories, interactions with external stakeholders (engineers, delivery staff, maintenance and security personnel etc.), ordering goods and act as a point of contact for staff enquiries.

The post would suit someone looking to pursue a career in technical management. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and motivated team player, able to work well with a technical team who deliver a comprehensive technical service across multiple locations. The successful candidate will be able to work independently when appropriate, possessing excellent planning and communication skills and able to prioritise their own workload effectively. They will be expected to build relationships with a wide set of stakeholders across academic, technical, finance, health & safety, estates & facilities directorates to support the research and educational objectives of the School.

This post will be offered on a permanent basis for 80% FTE, for 28 hours a week.

This is a fully on-campus post (no hybrid working) - 80% full time equivalent.

 

Key responsibilities

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  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. 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.
  3. Extensive technical experience and knowledge of a range of scientific procedures and the underpinning scientific theory applicable to the work area and the environment impact.
  4. Clear spoken and written communication skills, with proficient computer use and strong interpersonal and influencing/behavioural skills.
  5. Proactive and responsive to contacts in immediate area, across the wider organisation and externally (e.g., suppliers) to build relationships and network.
  6. Solutions-focused self-starter, with excellent planning and analytical skills, able to manage competing priorities and work with minimal supervision.
  7. Good working 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.
  9. Able and willing to provide support beyond core hours e.g. occasional emergency call out at weekends.

Desirable criteria

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

 

Further information

Expected in-person interview date: Week commencing Monday 9th October 2023 - to be confirmed.

The in-person interview also includes a 20-minute written task on the day.

This post is subject to Occupational Health clearance.

Company

King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org.

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsanswers.

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