Senior Laboratory Teaching Technician x 2

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES
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Technician: Senior Teaching Technician x 2 (Full Time)
Cardiff School of Chemistry
Cardiff University

The School of Chemistry is seeking to appoint two self-motivated and enthusiastic individuals as Senior Technicians to its Undergraduate Chemistry Teaching Laboratories. The post holders will provide high-level technical support in the planning and delivery of practical chemistry classes to undergraduate students and be responsible for the good day to day running of this laboratory. The successful candidates will be effective team players and be able to adapt to a broad range of duties and challenges.

Informal enquiries about the post may be directed to Dr R Jenkins, Deputy School Manager ( ; 029 2087 6750) or  Dr M Akhtar, School Manager ( ; 029 2087 0680).

For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact: Ms Alison Blake ( ; 02920 874805).

Please visit for further information about the School of Chemistry.

These are full-time, open-ended positions of 35 hours (1.0 FTE) per week, and are available immediately.

Salary: £22,017 - £26,243 per annum (Grade 4)

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Closing date: Saturday, 12 January 2019

Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 8124BR.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Job Purpose

To provide high-level technical support to the planning and delivery of practical chemistry education within the school of chemistry undergraduate teaching laboratories. To be responsible for the daily good functioning of this school teaching laboratory for the benefit of the student learning experience and to provide expert support to academic staff, laboratory demonstrators and undergraduate students.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Duties

  • To provide high-level technical support for the school’s chemistry undergraduate teaching laboratories, working closely with academic staff to ensure that the necessary equipment, consumables and services are available for the delivery of practical chemistry classes;
  • To contribute to the planning, ordering and receipting of chemicals, consumables and equipment for the School of chemistry teaching laboratories, taking into account the nature of the curriculum as it applies to practical teaching sessions and student numbers;
  • To set up and clear away experiments and equipment in accordance with module timetables, to include the construction and modification of scientific apparatus;
  • To prepare materials, compounds and solutions for undergraduate practical chemistry classes;
  • To calibrate, operate and demonstrate a range of analytical instruments such as FTIR, UV and Florescence spectrophotometers, including preparing samples and the generation of reports;
  • To have responsibility for the undertaking of routine planned and reactive maintenance including the repair of laboratory equipment or seeking specialist assistance when required to facilitate such repairs;
  • To be responsible for the safe disposal of chemical and glass waste within the school of chemistry teaching laboratories;
  • To support the school’s student recruitment and school’s liaison activities, such as by preparing and demonstrating practical chemistry at external engagement events (e.g. open days, school visits) as requested;
  • To contribute to the routine conduct of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) as part of a team of trained staff.
General Duties
  • To participate in the implementation of the School’s support services strategy as it applies to the Technical Services Team and to the good functioning of the School more generally, contributing actively to the delivery of high quality services and to a culture of continuous improvement;
  • To work flexibly and co-operatively with other members of the School’s Administrative and Technical Services to ensure that the support provided continuously meet the needs of the School’s students, staff, visitors and partners;
  • To support the implementation of the School’s Safety code of practice and the maintenance of a positive and proactive Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) culture across the School, including by completing COSHH risk assessments as necessary, undertaking all duties with due regard to HSE considerations, setting an example to others and reporting swiftly any concerns or issues to the School Health, Safety and Environment Officer or other appropriate members of staff;
  • To undertake any other duties not included above which are commensurate with the grade of the post, as may be determined by the lead Teaching Technician, Deputy School Manager, School Manager or Head of School from time to time.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  • NVQ 3/A-Levels or equivalent qualification/work related experience
  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Substantial experience of working as a laboratory technician
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of maintaining, servicing and using appropriate equipment and apparatus
  • Ability to set up and review standard technical processes and procedures and recommend improvements to the service provision as appropriate
  • Customer Service, Communication and Team Working
  • Ability to communicate specialist and complex information effectively and professionally to a range of customers with varying levels of understating
  • Experience of supervising the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals
  • Ability to train junior technical staff and students in laboratory procedures and in the use of equipment and instruments
  • Evidence of ability to explore customers’ needs and adapt the service accordingly to ensure a quality service is delivered
  • Planning, Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Evidence of ability to solve problems using initiative and creativity; identify and propose practical solutions and to resolve problems where there are a range of potential options available
  • Proven ability to work on own initiative, planning, organising and setting priorities for own work appropriately and to plan and manage small projects

  • Desirable Criteria
  • Degree or an equivalent qualification or equivalent work related experience
  • Experience of working in a Higher Education environment
  • Fluency in Welsh, written and oral

  • Additional Information

    About Cardiff School of Chemistry

    The Cardiff School of Chemistry sits within Cardiff University’s College of Physical Sciences and Engineering and provides a stimulating environment for research, teaching and learning, working at the cutting edge of modern chemistry. Each year, we admit approximately 150 students to undergraduate MChem and BSc programmes and around 70 students to postgraduate taught and research programmes. Research and teaching is led by 42 academic members of staff with support from more than 80 postdoctoral and other technical staff. The School has an annual turnover of approximately £7million per year and prides itself on its strong and growing industrial partnerships, as well as on its outreach activities to encourage young people to pursue scientific careers.

    About the School’s Administrative and Technical Support Services

    The School's administrative and technical support services provide the general, technical and specialist professional infrastructure required to enable the School to fulfill its strategic priorities and contribute fully to the University’s mission to create and share knowledge and to educate for the benefit of all. The services are led by the School Manager, who oversees approximately 38 FTE managerial, administrative and technical staff, organised around four core teams: Education and Students, Research and Innovation, Technical Services and the Head of School’s Office.

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