Laboratory Technician
Post Details
Job Title
Laboratory Technician
Post Number
Closing Date
2 Aug 2021
Starting Salary
£19,505 - £23,790
Hours per week
Project Title
Expected/Ideal Start Date
09 Aug 2021
Months Duration

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Provide a technical support service to laboratory staff in the COVID testing labs and wider Institute. Support the smooth and efficient running of the laboratories ensuring sufficient supplies of consumables, appropriate disposal of waste materials and maintenance and cleanliness of equipment and facilities.

Key Relationships

The post holder will work together with another technician or across collegues working on different shifts, and work closely with the COVID Testing Manager

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Provide a technical service to the COVID testing labs and ensure a joined up approach with the labs across wider Institute
Assist the COVID testing manager and EI Lab Manager with the organisation and smooth operation of the laboratories
Effectively organise laboratory consumables, reagents and waste disposal
Carry out general, chemical and clinical waste disposal using appropriate labelling and safety procedures
Checking with purchasing for the arrival of supplies and distributing to appropriate areas
Maintain levels of reagents and consumables for laboratory usage as required
Transport of specimens to and from the testing facility as required
Liaise with the COVID testing Manager and Lab Manager and Facilities department regarding the maintenance of services and facilities in the labs
Disposal of clinical samples etc. as instructed by lab staff and in accordance with the Institute’s safety policies
Clean lab glassware and containers as required
Collection, decontamination and processing of lab coats
Maintain cleanliness of equipment, bench surfaces and lab sinks
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Three A levels grades A-D, including Biology or similar subject OR substantial experience of working in a scientific research environment
BSc in biological science, or similar subject

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Good time management skills
Accurate record keeping ability

Relevant Experience

Proven, recent experience in technical aspects of a scientific laboratory
Experience in using an autoclave and glass washer
Experience in handling biological and clinical waste

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Ability to learn quickly
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
Good communication skills, both written and verbal

Additional Requirements

Attention to detail
Promotes equality and values diversity
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring its a great place to work
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute

Who We Are

Earlham Institute

Earlham Institute is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

Earlham Institute is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which Earlham Institute contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

Earlham Institute is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

Earlham Institute’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. Earlham Institute has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. Earlham Institute also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.



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Advert Text

Applications are invited for a Laboratory Technician to support the Covid-19 testing labs at the Earlham Institute.

The role:

This important role will provide a technical support service to laboratory staff in the Covid-19 testing labs and wider Institute. The post-holder will support the smooth and efficient running of the laboratories ensuring sufficient supplies of consumables, appropriate disposal of waste materials and maintenance and cleanliness of equipment and facilities.

The working hours are yet to be confirmed but are expected to be either 7am-3pm or 3pm-11pm. The role is full-time and will require some weekend working.

Salary on appointment will be within the range £19,505 to £23,790 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is offered on a 12 month basis.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should have proven, recent experience of working in a technical role in a scientific laboratory. They should have three A Levels, including a scientific subject, or possess substantial experience of working in a scientific research environment. Experience of using autoclaves and handling biological waste is desirable.

Additional information:

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.