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Assistant Technician (Biology)

University of Kent - School of Biosciences

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £20,600 to £22,254 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 17th October 2021
Job Ref: NATS-083-21

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Division of Natural Science in the role of Assistant Technician (Biology) and to be part of the technical services team, delivering outstanding student experience and research excellence.

The role of Assistant Technician (Biology) is essential to the successful day-to-day operation of the teaching and research activities taking place within the division. You will be supporting students, research staff and academics, preparing scientific practical classes, following written schedules, and adhering to tight deadlines. You will have a real passion for biology and science and a willingness to learn and develop your skills.

Working in a busy laboratory environment you will be operating specialist scientific equipment such as centrifuges and spectrophotometers. You will also be using and preparing a range of chemicals and biological samples. Responding to a wide range of diverse enquires you will work as a team, planning and prioritising your work. You will apply safe operation practice and procedures to ensure the safety of teaching and research activities and associated facilities.

As Assistant Technician (Biology) you will:

  • Contribute to operation of the various laboratories, including the routine maintenance, repair, and operation of equipment.
  • Assist with the transportation of goods and equipment as required.
  • Maintain adequate stock levels.
  • Assist with the correct disposal of hazardous waste produced and the washing of scientific glass and plasticware.
  • Be customer focused, ensuring the very best student and staff experience.
  • Communicate in a timely and effective manner to ensure the professional delivery of technical support.
  • Be able to work as a team or on your own initiative with support from other members.
  • Be flexible with your working pattern, as there may be occasions where working evenings and/or weekends may be required.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Practical experience working in a scientific laboratory environment or a similar support role.
  • Experience working with scientific equipment.
  • Working knowledge and experience of scientific concepts and methods.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work accurately.
  • The ability to forward plan and effectively prioritise workloads.
  • The ability to work under pressure, at times with tight deadlines.
  • An awareness of health and safety within a scientific workplace.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for the post. If you require further information regarding the role or the application process, please contact the Human Resources Team on quoting ref number: NATS-083-21.

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Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward

Applications must be made via the University’s online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

The University of Kent values diversity and promotes equality at all levels

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, interviews may take place remotely

From 1 January 2021, non-British and non-Irish nationals who do not already hold a UK immigration status will be required to obtain a visa in order to be able to work in the UK.  A new points-based system will be implemented which will treat EEA and non-EEA citizens equally.  For further information please visit the UK Visas & Immigration website.

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