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Technician Teaching & Research (GES Teaching Laboratory)

University of Reading - Technical Services

Location: Reading
Salary: £20,130 to £21,236 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 7th September 2021
Closes: 3rd October 2021
Job Ref: SRF36768

Technical Services is seeking a motivated individual to oversee the day-to-day running of a large teaching laboratory and ancillary specialist areas housed in the School of Archaeology, Geography & Environmental Sciences (SAGES). The post-holder will provide technical support for laboratory-based teaching of experiments used to study soils, plants and sediments in the natural environment. They will be responsible for assisting students wishing to carry out laboratory-based dissertation project work, by providing laboratory induction, training in safety critical equipment, help with setting up laboratory experiments and advice on specialist techniques carried out by senior analytical technicians. 

Candidates should refer to the Essential Criteria listed in the Person Specification linked to this advert, when preparing their supporting statements. Those with experience of working in shared laboratory facilities used for experiments in analytical chemistry, microbiology and/or molecular techniques are also encouraged to apply, as the post-holder may occasionally be required to provide assistance to other senior technicians working in these disciplines.

The post-holder will be responsible for:

  • Providing technical support for laboratory teaching practicals, including preparations during student vacation time.
  • Providing laboratory induction and training in core safety critical equipment, for users of the Teaching Laboratory and ancillary specialist areas.
  • Providing training in processing and analyses of soil, sediment and plant samples generated by staff and students, for teaching and research purposes.
  • Supporting the day-to-day running of laboratories and associated equipment used for teaching, research and fieldwork in the natural environment.
  • Manage bookings for bench space, equipment and logging of samples.
  • Equipment maintenance, servicing, fault reporting and repairs.
  • Managing hazardous waste, housekeeping, ordering consumables and stock control. 
  • Organising the preparation of biological culture media used for teaching.
  • Assisting senior technicians by preparing solutions for use with analytical instrumentation.
  • Maintaining specialist areas to a higher standard of Health & Safety compliance, in accordance with UK HSE regulations and Local Rules guidance.
  • Promoting best practice in laboratory techniques and housekeeping to laboratory users, in accordance with Laboratory Coordinator system checks. 

You will have:

  • Technical experience of working in specialist areas, ideally in laboratories used for teaching, research or commercial purposes.
  • Achievement equivalent to HNC, AS/A-Levels, NVQ3 in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or related subject; a degree in a similar subject with more limited experience.

W/c 11th October 2021 

Informal contact details

Contact role: Associate Director of Technical Services (Cluster 2)
Contact name: Dr Karen Wicks 
Contact email: 

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Technical Manager (Analytical)
Contact name: Dr George Gibbings
Contact email:

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-UK candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that by reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship will not be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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