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Technician

University of Kent - School of Biosciences

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £24,285 to £27,131 Grade 5, per annum pro rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th February 2024
Closes: 3rd March 2024
Job Ref: NATS-276-24

Hours per Week: 29.75

Contract Type: Fixed Term - 12 Months

Are you interested in providing research support to the specialist area of cancer drug discovery?

Do you have experience of working under your own initiative and also collaboratively within a team?

Then this is an exciting opportunity to join the Division of Natural Sciences in the role of Technician (cancer drug discovery). The role of Technician helps to deliver timely and effective specialised research, supports the effective and efficient operation of general facilities and resources, and provides inductions, training and demonstrations of specialist techniques to staff and students .

As Technician (cancer drug discovery) you will:

  • Plan and perform activities independently using a range of techniques, sometimes working from a limited brief.
  • Liaise with staff, students and visitors, as well as dealing with routine external service providers to ensure facilities and equipment are kept operational. Work collaboratively with other members of the team.  
  • Operate complex technical equipment, assisting staff and students. Undertake routine maintenance tasks, fault finding and basic repairs.
  • Work effectively as a team and independently, providing technical advice in relation to the work area activities, equipment and the techniques used, to staff and students, as required
  • Understand, promote and apply relevant COSHH/risk assessments and departmental health and safety protocols ensuring procedures are followed at all times. Supervise staff and students to ensure their safety.
  • Contribute to the development of protocols, standard operating procedures and maintenance schedules for the work area.

To be successful in this role you will have/be:

  • Proven experience of working in a Technical support role
  • Experience of using complex technical equipment and providing advice on its use to students and colleagues
  • Excellent troubleshooting and diagnostic skills, with an ability to assess non-routine problems and implement solutions within own expertise 
  • Organised with the ability to prioritise a wide range of workload with competing priorities 
  • Experience in supporting the procurement of technical equipment 

The University of Kent is a distinctive and attractive place to work. We employ around 6,000 staff, including academic and research staff and a full range of support and administration staff. Our stunning main campus in Canterbury, Kent was founded in 1965 and is set among green and tranquil open space overlooking the spectacular Cathedral. Our staff enjoy competitive salaries, an occupational pension scheme, generous holiday entitlements (43 days leave per year) and a great working environment.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for the post.  If you believe you meet the essential criteria for the role we would welcome your application.   If you require further information regarding the role or the application process, please contact the Human Resources Team at peopleserviceshr@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number:NATS-276-24.

Further details:   

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.

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