University of Dundee

Laboratory Manager Support Technician

Life Sciences Office
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Closing Date: 
Friday, May 17, 2019
Grade 4 (£19,202 - £22,017)

We are recruiting  a Laboratory Management Support Service Technician to join the School of Life Sciences Laboratory Management Support Service Team.  An internationally acclaimed  science research environment, the School has laboratories located both on the University City Campus, central Dundee and in the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie.  Specialist facilities include biology, chemistry and plant science research activities. The technical team support research laboratories on City Campus and the Division of Plant Sciences, based in the James Hutton Institute.  The post holder will initially be based on City Campus and will be expected to work flexibly across all Divisions/ locations to meet operational requirements across School.

The laboratory management support service team are not responsible for research activity but provide a key essential support role. Technical support service duties include procurement of consumables, assisting in coordinating the maintenance and repair of equipment, routine statutory testing of equipment including fumehoods, monitoring adherence to health and safety policy and procedures, general housekeeping and assisting in ensuring the smooth running of facilities such as Containment Level 2 and 3 Cell Culture Facilities and GM plant growth areas.

Essential Skills, Experience and Qualifications:

•    Practical laboratory experience and qualified to a minimum of HNC level or equivalent in a relevant biological science subject.

•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

•    Proven ability to be an effective team member as the post involves working closely supporting research staff and with the wider multidisciplinary support service teams.

•    Strong organisational skills and time management.

•    Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines

•    Good writing skills and ability to demonstrate close attention to detail.

•    Competent IT skills and experienced in the use of Microsoft Office software.


•    Experience working in a life science academic Higher Education research environment and knowledge of systems, requirements, processes and procedures is desirable.

•    Practical knowledge of laboratory techniques such as molecular biology, cell culture and working in organic chemistry would be advantageous.

The position is fixed-term for 2 years.

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.

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The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee one of the top universities in the UK. Family friendly policies, staff support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall, as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.