University of Dundee

Laboratory Teaching Technician

Life Sciences Office
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Closing Date: 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Grade 4 (£19,202 - £22,017)

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

We are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Laboratory Teaching Technician within our Biological D’Arcy Thompson Unit, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Education to provide a technical support service for practical class teaching.

This post is permanent.

Salary: £19,202 - £22, 017

Start date: September 2019

Key Duties:

• As part of a technical support team you will be involved in the preparation, delivery and development of practical class sessions.

• Organise, set out and clear up practical class experiments.

• Where appropriate, give guidance and advice to junior members of the technical support team in Health and Safety, laboratory techniques and use of equipment.

• Help senior technicians to develop training session for other technicians within the team.

• Demonstrate and give advice to students during the practical classes on Health and Safety, laboratory techniques and use of equipment.

• Give advice on Health and Safety to personnel entering the laboratory and ensure compliance with Health and Safety regulations and laboratory rules are followed.

• Write and update risk assessments and chemical hazard databases

• Develop practical class protocols and trial experiments in conjunction with the services manager, deputy services manager, academic staff members and senior technicians.

• Write and amend technical methods for practical classes.

• Make purchasing recommendations for consumables, equipment and chemicals.

• Receipt delivery of goods and equipment where necessary

• Coordinate disposal of equipment and maintain records

• Ensure laboratories and preparation rooms are clean and tidy.

• Maintain, clean and repair equipment and laboratory apparatus.

• Removal of waste from laboratories and organising disposal

• Any other duties required by the School

• Some out of hours working required where necessary including Saturday masterclasses (eight session annually)

The duties of the post outlined above are not exhaustive, and the post holder will be expected to be cooperative and flexible, undertaking such other duties as may be reasonably required of a member of technical staff in the University.


• HNC in relevant science subject or equivalent

• Significant practical experience of working in a teaching laboratory

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Good organisational skills with ability to plan own workload

• Proven ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team

• Knowledge of Health and Safety and working within Health & Safety guidelines

• Good numeracy skills

• Good computing skills

• Ability to work to tight deadlines and competing demands


• Full Driving licence

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. Just a short walk from the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, we’re close to both the train and bus stations. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

For further information about this position please contact Monica Lacey at

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The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.