Updated: 9 months ago
Location: Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 Sep 2017

Job Purpose

To provide specialist technical support for undergraduate and postgraduate classes in the Biochemistry teaching labs in the School of Life Sciences.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Preparation of equipment and materials for undergraduate practical classes that may include in vivo and in vitro experiments.
2. Operation and maintenance of teaching apparatus, equipment and instruments. eg gel electrophoresis apparatus, spectrophotometers, pH meters, centrifuges and other standard laboratory equipment.
3. Organisation, when required, of the day-to-day running of teaching laboratory services, as well as providing appropriate materials, methods and equipment for particular demonstrations.
4. Assistance and instruction to students in practical classes on the correct use of apparatus and its applications.
5. Appropriate implementation of University and College health and safety directives, accepted rules, procedures and codes of practice and, where appropriate, guidelines laid down by accreditation bodies.
6. Assistance and instruction to students in practical classes on safe laboratory practice and implementation of University and College health and safety directives.
7. Maintaining adequate stocks of laboratory supplies.
8.  To keep clear and consistent records of experimental protocols and procedures and advise students on appropriate records management.
9.  As required advise students on analysis and interpretation of data results.
8. Provide, as required, support to other School facilities and activities.
9. Such other duties as may be required by the Technician in Charge, the Head of School or his delegate.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

A1 SCQF level 5 or 6 (National 5 or 6, SVQ level 2 or 3) or equivalent
A2 A working knowledge of biochemical apparatus and techniques; PCR, electrophoresis(agarose & acrylamide), gel imaging, spectrophotometers, microscopes, pH meter, centrifuges, autoclaves, aseptic, reagent, pouring agar plates, use of enzymes, plasmid preparations, DNA/RNA purification and quantification
A3 Knowledge of safety procedures e.g. COSHH and waste management
B1 BSc/HND in a relevant subject.
B2 Knowledge of Equality and Diversity policy
C1 Familiarity with standard laboratory apparatus
C2 Good analytical and problem solving skills
C3 Excellent time management and organisation skills
C4 High degree of initiative with ability to forward plan, short and long term
C5 Data acquisition, interpretation and reporting skills
C6 Excellent oral and written communication skills coupled with good interpersonal skills
C7 Ability to work independently and as part of a team, both in the unit and across the School
C8 Competence in IT skills, and ability to maintain accurate records
C9 Ability to work to deadlines to deliver objectives and achieve goals
C10 Ability to learn from others and engage in training
D1 Experience of plant science, isotope handling and aseptic technique.
D2 Some experience of large scale preparation of reagents, media and agar plates
E1 Demonstrable relevant experience, including experience in a teaching environment
E2 Experience of providing support to staff and students in a research or teaching environment
E3 Experience of interaction with a diverse range of people
F1 Substantial experience within a teaching laboratory environment.

Job Features

Providing support for a wide range of undergraduate & postgraduate students including the following courses: Medicine years 1&2 480 students, 40 Level 3 Biochemists, 350 Level 2 Science, 140 Vets, 60 Masters Students
Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene(70 students); 
Liaison with technical staff and lab assistants across the School
Interaction with a range of support services across 6 sites on campus
During specialist preps this can include several other technical staff (grades 4-7)
Use of equipment total value worth approx. > £700,000.
Planning and Organising
Collaborate with the team on forward planning, short and long-term
Delegated responsibility from TIC, work independently, using own discretion to prioritise tasks
Ongoing communication with TIC to agree objectives and ensure goals are met
Manage time efficiently for anticipated duties and ability to prioritise work that emerges unexpectedly
Ensure teaching lab runs smoothly and efficiently to enhance student experience
Contribute to post mortem review meetings (with academic and senior technical staff) to enhance the provision of technical support in the lab.
Decision Making
Make independent technical decisions within scope of grade and experience
Make personal decisions and judgements on method and approach to tasks assigned by TIC, seeking guidance where more senior input or unfamiliar technologies deem it necessary
Stocktake consumables regularly advising TIC of ordering requirements using product knowledge, experience and information from various sources, e.g. timetables, prep / quality control sheets, class numbers, technical instructions
Liaise with TIC in planning future work schedules
Discuss all aspects of timetable demands with TIC and draw up a plan of action
Internal/External Relationships 
Liaison with senior technical staff, academics, students, technicians (across and out with School / College), admin staff, operational staff, handymen, MVLS stores staff
Interaction with external suppliers of goods and services
Interaction with University workshop service providers
Problem Solving
Ability to identify technical problems with processes, reagents or equipment and provide appropriate solutions
Good initiative and problem solving skills in a biochemistry environment.
Self-motivated to achieve objectives agreed with TIC and work towards goals set by School
Willingness to continue to learn and develop new skills to keep up to date with changing trends in Biochemistry

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Technical & Specialist Grade, level 4, £18,777- £21,585 per annum.
New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.
The successful candidate will be eligible to join the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) Pension Scheme.
It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.
We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.
Vacancy reference; 018850, closing date 24 September 2017.

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