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Technician

Employer
KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£29,248 to £32,181 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Job Type
Professional Services, IT Services
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

Job description

The Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine (FoLSM) has an exciting opportunity for a technician to join the Centre for Education. The post holder will have a great opportunity to be part of a team helping to deliver world class practical education and enhancing the student experience. FoLSM is an ambitious and forward-thinking Faculty, with an outstanding reputation across a range of disciplines in Life Sciences and Medicine. The post holder will be a technician who will support large scale practical teaching in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team. They will have some knowledge of delivering practical education in the life sciences or similar disciplines.

The role will initially be based in the Biomedical sciences teaching labs on Waterloo campus, but there will be periodic rotations to other areas of practical teaching, to build individual skills, experience and department resilience. Practical classes will be focussed on a range of disciplines including genetics, biochemistry, forensic science  and analytical toxicology. The role holder will work with a team of technicians, line managed by a Senior Technician. They will have a good understanding of health and safety regulations and the environmental impacts of laboratory work.

This is a dual role where the post holder will be expected to take on projects over the summer months when there is a reduced commitment to practical education. These projects will have the goal of enhancing practical education delivery in the department.

This is an excellent opportunity to support innovation and sustainability in teaching activities, and have a significant impact on student experience and success. 

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full-time role - 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide a range of technical support to established service standards, using accurate record keeping and data analysis skills, applying knowledge to new areas as required. Use technical or practical skills and a well-developed working knowledge of technical/ scientific practices and procedures.  
  • 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. 
  • Maintain service facilities ensuring efficient use of resources, installing, maintaining, and securing technical equipment systems and software and controlling associated stocks/store, equipment, and supplies. 
  • Work to an agreed work plan and day-to-day objectives set by the line manager(s)/ supervisor. Prioritise work, dealing with activities/ enquiries/ incidents as and when they arise, working independently without reference to a line manager or supervisor, using standard procedures and initiative. 
  • Resolve routine and complex problems that arise in the local service using established guidance to put in place mechanisms to minimise future problems. 
  • Use accurate record keeping and data analysis skills to interpret and evaluate routine data. Support less experienced colleagues in making day-to-day local operational decisions. 
  • Work with colleagues and network as agreed by the line manager(s). Form a network of contacts to provide support and share best practice. 
  • Build working relationships with School staff, students, and key partners, to coordinate activities in a timely and effective manner. Demonstrate to and advise staff and students on techniques as appropriate. Communicate information in a clear and precise way, both orally and in writing. 
  • Contribute to ideas for improving current working methods and procedures.
  • Implement local environmentally sustainable practices, following the King’s sustainability audit process, where appropriate. Collaborate with colleagues to share good practice and support wider sustainable initiatives and suggest new ideas where you see that improvements could be made.
  • Understand the regulations and university policies governing the service, using safe working practices, and suggesting improvements to line manager(s) in order to reduce risks, including negative environmental impacts. Report accidents/ incidents to line manager(s)/ supervisor. 
  • Facilitate an inclusive culture and ethos within the team and when 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 3 qualification, e.g. A levels, AS levels, International Baccalaureate diploma or other Level 3 qualification, plus work experience in a relevant technical/scientific post(s) OR Knowledge and skills gained through work experience in relevant technical or scientific posts. 
  2. Evidence of an active commitment to skills and knowledge development through vocational training and on-the-job experience. 
  3. Knowledge of a range of technical or practical skills and procedures and their impact on the environment. Ability to apply learnt techniques to the work context.
  4. Clear spoken and written communication skills, with competent computer use and strong interpersonal and influencing/ behavioural skills. 
  5. Solutions-focused self-starter, with good prioritisation and organisational skills. 
  6. Flexible team-worker who is responsive to colleagues. 
  7. An understanding of Health & Safety regulations governing area of work, particularly relating to laboratory waste disposal and recycling.

Desirable criteria

  1. Evidence of a commitment to professional development, including professional registration, such as RSciTech and a willingness to learn new techniques. 
  2. Experience in supervising/advising less experienced colleagues, monitoring, and providing feedback on performance. 

Further information

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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