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Job id: 089666. Salary: £37,332 - £42,099 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 16 May 2024. Closing date: 06 June 2024.

Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. Department: SCMMS School Office.

Contact details: Audrey Plaquin-Chan.

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

About us:

King’s College London, School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine & Sciences (SCMMS) provides an outstanding multi-disciplinary environment for the pursuit of cutting-edge cardiovascular and metabolic We study the fundamental molecular, cellular, and physiological processes that underlie normal and abnormal cardiovascular and metabolic function in state-of-the art core facilities. We drive the translation of this strong basic science into advances in clinical practice to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment, across Guy’s, FWB, St Thomas’ and Denmark Hill campuses.

About the role:

We are looking to recruit one senior technician who will contribute to the smooth running of our of SCMMS research labs and spaces, especially the ones based in our South Bank Section (FWB and St Thomas). The successful applicant is expected to contribute to a number of technical objectives including but not limited to, health and safety compliance, good laboratory practice, maintenance of equipment and smooth running of the laboratories, interactions with external stakeholders (engineers, delivery staff, maintenance and security personnel etc.), ordering goods and act as a point of contact for staff enquiries.

The post would suit someone looking to pursue a career in professional services (laboratory-based) within a university academic research environment. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and motivated team player, able to work well with a technical team who deliver a comprehensive technical service across multiple locations. The successful candidate will be able to work independently when appropriate, possessing excellent planning and communication skills and able to prioritise their own workload effectively. They will be expected to build relationships with a wide set of stakeholders across academic, technical, finance, health & safety, estates & facilities directorates to support the research and educational objectives of the School.  The appointed person will help manage laboratory facilities and support a number of researchers working on cardiovascular projects. Responsibilities may include contributing to experimental work.

This post will be offered on a permanent basis for 100% FTE, for 35 hours a week.

This is a fully on-campus post (no hybrid working) - 100% full time equivalent.

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 4 qualification, e.g., higher apprenticeship, HNC or other Level 4 award, plus work experience in relevant technical/scientific posts OR Considerable knowledge and skills gained through work experience in relevant technical or scientific posts.

2.      Previous laboratory experience with cell culture.

3.      A willingness to work with laboratory animals.

4.      Evidence of an active commitment to career development including professional registration, such as RSci, or working towards CSci and clear progression in increasingly demanding jobs.

5.      Extensive technical experience and knowledge of a range of scientific procedures and the underpinning scientific theory applicable to the work area and the environment impact.

6.      Clear spoken and written communication skills, with proficient computer use and strong interpersonal and influencing/behavioural skills.

7.      Proactive and responsive to contacts in immediate area, across the wider organisation and externally (e.g., suppliers) to build relationships and network.

8.      Solutions-focused self-starter, with excellent planning and analytical skills, able to manage competing priorities and work with minimal supervision.

9.      Good working knowledge of regulations and best practice governing area of work, including Health & Safety and environmental sustainability and training and induction of new staff.

10.  Knowledge of environmental impacts of laboratory work and an interest in reducing the negative impacts.

11.  Able and willing to provide support beyond core hours e.g. occasional emergency call out at weekends.

12.  Be willing to supervise/advise junior team members, giving feedback on performance levels and training where necessary.

Desirable criteria

1.      Experience of tissue isolation and cell biology.

2.      Experience in small animal models of disease.

3.       The ideal candidate will already hold a Home Office animal license (PIL) or will be willing to train to obtain a PIL.

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

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 will review your application, please take a look at our ‘ How we Recruit’ pages.

We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearances.