University of Dundee

SLS Health and Safety Adviser

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Closing Date: 
Sunday, August 14, 2022
£33,309 - £40,927


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 40 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 Health and Safety Adviser within the School of Life Sciences, to provide who would be responsible for providing H&S information and advice to approximately 1000 research, teaching and support staff working in a multi-disciplinary research and teaching environment, encompassing molecular biology, cell biology, computational and organic chemistry laboratories. This is a permanent role.

The successful applicant will work alongside the existing SLS H&S Adviser to positively influence H&S management and culture within the School by undertaking duties such as: drafting plans, procedures and guidance, effectively communicating H&S duties and responsibilities to staff and students, monitoring performance and by making prioritised recommendations to improve standards. As part of the School Professional Services team, close liaison with the School laboratory management team, fellow School H&S Advisers and University Safety Services is an important aspect of the role.

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced candidate to contribute to the excellent research and teaching environment within the School of Life Sciences.

Your priorities will include:

  • Qualified to a minimum of degree level or equivalent in a relevant life science subject.
  • Hold, or be willing to work toward, a NEBOSH General Certificate or equivalent.
  • Extensive experience working in a life sciences’ research environment with sound knowledge of relevant systems, requirements, processes and procedures.
  • Experience in providing training.
  • Experience in prioritising tasks, balancing competing demands and working to deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent IT skills and experience in the use of key Microsoft 365 applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, SharePoint, Outlook, OneDrive.

Who we’re looking for:

  • A team player capable of maintaining good working relationships with research staff and students and with the wider multidisciplinary support service teams.
  • Capable of working independently when required.
  • A solution focussed thinker and determined problem-solver.
  • Committed to achieving exacting standards in all undertakings.
  • Discrete in the handling of confidential and sensitive issues and materials.
  • Enthusiasm for innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Great attention to detail and accuracy.

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 Louise McGreavey at

As an internationally diverse institution, we welcome job applicants from all countries and nationalities. The School of Life Sciences is proud to employ staff from over 40 different nations.

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.

The closing date for applications 14 August. We anticipate that interviews for this appointment will take place within two weeks of the closing date. 

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