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Job id: 086886. Salary: £25,410 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 25 March 2024. Closing date: 30 June 2024.

Business unit: Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sci. Department: NMES Faculty Office.

Contact details: Ben Gridley.

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.

Job Description

An opportunity to work with technical services teams across disciplines at King’s College London, supporting research and education whilst completing a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship

To learn and provide scientific and/or technical support covering a broad range of simple and/or routine tasks – based on specified methods, working under close supervision. The role holder will develop their technical support skills and knowledge, solving simple problems, and contributing to the creation of a stimulating, innovative and inclusive environment across the University enabling students and staff to thrive and develop.

The role holder will work within faculty and directorate technical teams on a rotating basis, developing their knowledge and skills, and learning a broad range of practical scientific techniques to support research and education activities at King’s.

The role holder is expected to complete all assessments in order to pass the Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship standard over a period of 24 months.

This post will be offered on a fixed term contract for 24 months from the start date.

This is a full time post (35 hours per week)

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Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in providing a service, under regular direct supervision whilst building the required competencies, where there are established standards and requirements of the service, seeking clarification where required to deliver the service
  • Learn to use equipment and techniques to provide the required services
  • Work to an agreed plan, occasionally being required to complete non-routine tasks
  • Help maintain supplies/stocks, local facilities and operations, ensuring efficient use of resources and undertaking receipt of goods, maintaining allocated equipment and wider facilities maintenance as required
  • Solve standard, day-to-day problems, reporting non-routine matters to personal mentor, or local supervisor
  • Assist in monitoring Health & Safety standards in laboratories and communicate any problems/issues to relevant technical staff
  • Assist in Stores – unpacking deliveries and distributing consumables to relevant staff
  • Assist with the maintenance and/or servicing of laboratory equipment
  • Develop understanding of how to interpret and evaluate routine data
  • Build good working relationships with staff and students, actively engaging with the immediate team, co-operating and working with other team members, providing basic guidance to new team members as required
  • Communicate, both orally and in writing, in a clear and precise fashion

Skills, knowledge and experience

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

1.      A good standard of secondary education evidenced by five or more Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) qualifications including Maths, English and Science

2.      Competent computer skills including Microsoft Office packages

3.      Good communication skills – orally and in writing

4.      Good time management and organisational skills

5.      Flexible team-worker, being proactive and responsive to colleagues

6.      Methodical approach to work with a good attention to detail, focused on solutions

7.      An interest in science and technology, and a willingness to learn new techniques, follow instructions and apply learnt techniques/skills to the work context

Desirable criteria

1.      Basic working knowledge of scientific or workshop equipment

2.      Good numeracy skills, including basic arithmetical skills

3.      Basic Health & Safety awareness and manual handling knowledge

Further Information

There will be a Taster/ Open day held on Wednesday 29th May.

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

This role does not meet the requirements of the Home Office and therefore we are not able to offer sponsorship for candidates who require the right to work in the UK.