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Senior Chemical & Biological Technician

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £29,605 to £30,487 per annum, with progression to £32,982.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th February 2024
Closes: 5th March 2024
Job Ref: 26632

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The role
We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled individual to join our team of Technicians, who support our teaching and research activities, as well as operate and maintain the associated equipment and facilities within the Discipline of Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University.

Chemical Engineering forms part of an integrated School of Engineering where we work alongside other engineering disciplines and their technical teams. Our highly skilled and professional technical colleagues are essential to supporting the delivering of successful teaching and research to an international standard. We have approximately 90 technicians employed within the School of Engineering working on both our campus and off-site facilities across the Northeast of England. We have expertise that spans a wide range of disciplines that make a fundamental contribution towards Newcastle University's impact on the world.

As a Senior Chemical Lab Technician, you will be part of a technical team who provide technical support for academic and research staff within the chemical engineering labs as well as supporting our undergraduate students in their taught lab sessions. Ideally, for this role we are seeking an individual who has experience in analytical instrumentation to support our current analytical suite and successfully facilitate in the operation of our analytical equipment. Experience of using any of the following would be most welcome: gas chromatography, thermal gravitational analyser, differential scanning calorimetry, bomb calorimetry, ICP, FTIR spectroscopy, BET surface area analyser, particle size analyser.

Your day-to-day activities will be varied however they will predominantly include:

  • Providing core technical expertise across the chemical engineering labs including successful operation of equipment, deliveries and stock intakes, activities using chemical, gases and cryogenics as well as facilities maintenance.
  • Managing our suite of analytical instrumentation, including operation, maintenance and training of other users.
  • Facilitating in the smooth running of the undergraduate laboratory teaching sessions from Foundation to year 3 students.
  • Involvement in health and safety processes such as delivering bespoke training, writing risk assessments and standard operating procedures, undergoing lab inspections and organising waste disposal.

You will be supported by the Technical Team Leader and will have many opportunities to further develop and learn new skills through relevant training programmes.

We are extremely keen to hear from any candidates from an analytical or chemical background who are interested in a rewarding and progressive career in higher education and have a desire to work as part of a diverse team in both teaching and research laboratories.

For informal enquiries please contact Kevin Brown, Technical Team Leader, by e-mail at Kevin.Brown2@newcastle.ac.uk.

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