Update day: 18-11-2023
Job type: Full-time
Salary: £24,715 - £28,929 a year
To provide in-depth technical expertise in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and provide advice on the set up and best operation of equipment and procedures to aid delivery objectives. In addition, the postholder will undertake a range of technical support activities in line with the School.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Provide in-depth technical support to academic and student service users within the specified discipline or assigned research project. Contribute to the overall smooth and efficient running of the lab to ensure an excellent experience for service users.
2. Provide in-depth technical knowledge, solutions, and advice to service users to maximise the learning experience and/or contribute to the delivery of research objectives.
3. Develop, create and test new equipment, systems, procedures, protocols, models and/or techniques. Diagnose faults and troubleshoot day-to-day problems carrying out appropriate maintenance as required.
4. Design, plan and organise technical activities to meet the needs of service users within agreed timescales.
5. In liaison with relevant senior staff, monitor technical standards. Advise, implement and evaluate improvements to existing protocols as required.
6. Collect, analyse and interpret data using standard procedures and ensure that accurate records are kept and databases are updated accordingly. Present findings accurately. This may include research and/or teaching related data.
7. To advise, train and provide guidance to service users in the best application and operation of technical resources.
8. Where relevant, maintain appropriate stock levels, including appropriate preparation of specialised media and samples as required, and purchase consumables and supplies within defined budget. Ensure safe implementation and ongoing storage of potentially hazardous materials.
9. Where relevant, and in consultation with relevant senior staff, ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the technical work-space and facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting the completion of risk assessments and COSHH assessments, ensuring that all Health and Safety paperwork is completed timeously and recorded accurately, and implementing and adhering to all applicable health and safety policies, including specialist legal procedures for certain materials.
10.Where relevant supervise staff including allocating work and monitoring progress and outputs.
11. In roles within teaching laboratories, undertake general administration as required. This may include recording student attendance and collating student assessment marks for feedback to the academic lead.
12. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and contribute to the wider School activities as required.
13. Keep up to date with advances in the relevant discipline and apply this knowledge to technical activities to further enhance the learning experience and/or contribute to the delivery of research aims.
The above duties are not exhaustive and the postholder will be required to undertake any other relevant duties as required by the PI/line manager which are commensurate with the grade of the post.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Al. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 7 (Advanced Higher / Scottish vocational Qualification level 3, Higher National Certificate) or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role.
A2: Detailed technical knowledge and experience in relevant scientific or technical specialism.
A3: Up to date knowledge of relevant laboratory Health and Safety legislation.
A4 Understanding of stable mammalian cell-line construction, DNA and protein characterisation
B1. BSc Degree or equivalent in Biochemistry or Molecular Cell Biology. B2. Working towards Professional Registration with the Institute of Science & Technology to RSciTech level, or above.
B3 Knowledge of protein expression and purification.
C1 Previous experience in protein and DNA characterisation and mammalian cell culture. C2. IT skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office programmes and proficient user of specialist software packages.
C3. Well developed analytical and problem solving capability
C4. Proven interpersonal and communication skills
C5. Numeracy and literacy skills
C6. A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
C7. Excellent organisational and time management skills and an ability to plan and prioritise workload to meet competing demands.
C8. Use of initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently
C9. Ability to work individually and as part of a team
D1. Previous experience of training staff and laboratory management.
E1. Relevant work experience within a similar environment, including evidence of previous professional development E2. Experience of understanding and interpreting the technical requirements of staff and students.
F1. Previous experience of working in an academic laboratory.
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be Grade 5, £24,715 - £28,929 per annum.
This post is full time, and has funding until 31 May 2024.
As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.
As a valued member of our team, you can expect:
1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.
2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.
3 A flexible approach to working.
4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.
We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/.
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