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Job id: 089525. Salary: £32,979 - £36,396 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 13 May 2024. Closing date: 30 May 2024.

Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. Department: Imaging Chemistry & Biology.

Contact details: Matthew Hutchings and David Thakor. matthew.hutchings@kcl.ac.uk, david.thakor@kcl.ac.uk

Location: St Thomas' Campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.

About us

The School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences seeks to appoint an experienced technician to support cutting-edge research and training activities across the School. The post holder will be a member of the School’s professional services team, providing high quality technical support and specific support to education/ research activities.

Our facilities include a mixture of radiochemistry, molecular biology, histology, tissue culture, microscopy, NMR and pre-clinical imaging and radiotherapy laboratories. It is envisaged that the majority of the post pro rata will be spent providing routine technical assistance with the day-to-day maintenance of facilities and equipment under the guidance of the Laboratory management team.

This post will support all activities to ensure the smooth running of all Engineering workshop & Laboratories within the School. Additionally, the post will support lab event set-up, execution; inventory, equipment, and facility maintenance; and lab H&S policy and protocol development and implementation.

About the role

These include but are not limited to:

  • Providing practical assistance as needed throughout the execution of laboratory events, teaching, and training.
  • Equipment upkeep and maintenance, and general laboratory housekeeping duties such as regular cleaning.
  • Monitoring laboratory equipment for calibration and engineer visits.
  • Ordering, monitoring and restocking the necessary laboratory consumables such as pipette tips, gloves and plastic-ware for the functioning of the labs and facilities.  
  • Maintaining a safe, productive, and clean facility, following all safety regulations and local policies, including the collection and processing of hazardous waste.
  • Following written processes and procedures that outline compliance with all relevant standards and regulations. Contribution to writing such policies (ie. Standard operating procedures, risk assessments, local rules, etc) 
  • Ensuring that users follow relevant safety policies, guidelines, and regulations
  • Ordering, receiving, handling, storing, and disposing of substances and parts in compliance with regulations and local policies
  • Managing consumables and stock inventory in line with upcoming events and course requirements, including personal protective equipment
  • Monitoring lab coat inventory and arranging for regular laundering, resupply.
  • Identifying and communicating needs for additional instruments, equipment, and staff based on event requirements and user feedback.

The post holder will report to the Technical Manager and the School Technical Manager.

This is a full time post and you will be offered a fixed term contract for 1 year.

About you

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

Essential criteria

  1. Minimum level 3 qualification, e.g. A levels, AS levels, International Baccalaureate diploma or other Level 3 qualification, plus work experience in relevant technical/scientific posts OR Considerable knowledge and skills gained through work experience in relevant technical or scientific posts. 
  2. Ability to apply learnt techniques to the work context. 
  3. Evidence of an active commitment to career development including professional registration, such as RSciTech or RSci and clear progression in increasingly demanding jobs  
  4. Knowledge and practical use of a range of technical skills and their environmental impact. 
  5. Clear spoken and written communication skills, with proficient computer use and strong interpersonal and influencing/behavioural skills. 
  6. Proactive and responsive to contacts in immediate area, across the wider organisation and externally (e.g., suppliers) to build relationships and network. 
  7. Working knowledge of regulations and best practice governing area of work, including Health & Safety and environmental sustainability. 
  8. Solutions-focused self-starter, with strong planning and analytical skills, able to manage competing priorities and work with minimal supervision.

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience in supervising/advising less experienced colleagues, monitoring, and providing feedback on performance
  2. Able and willing to provide support beyond core hours, as required  

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further information

This post is subject to Occupational Health clearances.

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.

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