University of Glasgow School of Computing Science
Glasgow, United Kingdom
5d ago

Job Purpose

In this role, you will deliver high quality technical services for teaching using specialist technical knowledge in the Biochemistry / Biomolecular Sciences subject area.

Responsible for the production, set-up and delivery of technical resources in support of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching objectives.

In addition, the postholder will be actively involved in all elements of technical support required for practical skills labs and workshops for students.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical support to service users within Biochemistry / Biomolecular Sciences subject area. Contribute to the overall smooth and efficient running of the lab(s) to ensure an excellent experience for service users.

Provide in-depth technical knowledge, solutions, and advice to service users to maximise the learning experience and contribute to the delivery of teaching objectives.

Develop, programme, calibrate, test and maintain equipment, systems, protocols, models and / or techniques. Diagnose faults and troubleshoot day-to-day problems carrying out appropriate maintenance / improvements as required.

Work to recognised standards and procedures.

Design, plan and organise technical activities to meet the needs of service users within agreed timescales to meet teaching deadlines.

Prepare, analyse and optimise specialist samples using biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and cell culture techniques.

Prepare and deliver a wide range of reagents and media for student practical classes. Duties will involve support for limited in vivo experiments.

In liaison with relevant senior staff, monitor technical standards and advise, implement and evaluate improvements to existing protocols as required.

Collect, analyse and interpret data using standard procedures and ensure that accurate records are kept and databases are updated accordingly.

Present findings accurately. This may include teaching-related data.

Advise, train and provide guidance to service users in the best application and operation of technical resources.

Where relevant, maintain appropriate stock levels, including preparation of specialised media and samples as required, and advise Technician-in-Charge of purchase requirements for consumables and supplies.

Ensure safe implementation and ongoing storage of potentially hazardous materials.

Where relevant, and in consultation with relevant senior staff, ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the technical work-space and facilities.

This includes, but is not limited to, supporting the completion of risk assessments and COSHH assessments, ensuring that all Health and Safety paperwork is completed timeously and recorded accurately, and implementing and adhering to all applicable health and safety policies, including specialist legal procedures for certain materials and equipment.

Where relevant, supervise staff including modern apprentices and laboratory assistants, allocating work and monitoring progress and outputs.

Responsible for a range of teaching support and administration. This includes recording and analysing scientific data and recording student attendance.

Work flexibly as part of the School of Life Sciences technical team to meet School objectives and achieve outcomes as agreed with the Technician-in-Charge of the facility.

Attend and actively contribute to team meetings with the aim of improving service users' experience and providing a modern facility appropriate to teaching objectives.

Collaborate with colleagues and contribute to the wider College / Institute / School activities as required.

Keep up to date with advances in the relevant discipline and continue to expand knowledge and skills base through appropriate and tailored CPD in order to further enhance the learning experience of students and contribute to the delivery of teaching aims.


A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 7 Advanced Higher / Scottish vocational Qualification level 3, Higher National Certificate or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role.

A2 Detailed technical knowledge and expertise in Biochemistry / Biomolecular Sciences.

A3 Up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislative requirements applicable to the role including, but not limited to, Health and Safety.


B1 Up-to-date knowledge of relevant University policies and procedures.

B2 Degree level qualification in a relevant discipline.

B3 First Aid training / qualification.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


C1 Demonstrable specialist technical skills in Molecular Biology / Biomolecular Sciences in equipment / systems / techniques including but not restricted to : PCR, qPCR, electrophoresis (agarose & acrylamide), gel imaging, blotting, use of restriction enzymes, plasmid preparations, DNA / RNA purification and quantification, aseptic techniques.

C2 Significant IT skills, including proficient user of relevant specialist or bespoke software packages.

C3 Well-developed analytical and problem-solving capability, including high degree of accuracy and attention to detail when dealing with complex data.

C4 Excellent teamworking skills and where relevant to the post, supervisory or line management skills. Experience of training junior / less experienced staff, preferably in a teaching laboratory environment.

C5 Proven interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to understand, conceptualise and interpret technical requirements of a range of service users with varying degrees of ability and adapt own style to meet the needs of others.

C6 Ability to plan and prioritise work of self and others, along with allocation of resources, to meet the needs of service users.

C7 Significant relevant experience of providing high quality technical services in a complex lab environment.

C8 Experience of working with a range of technical service users, with varying degrees of ability, ensuring their experience is optimal.

  • C9 Experience of maintaining Standing Operating Procedures to ensure the smooth, efficient, and legal running of the lab;
  • includes compliance with Health and Safety procedures for service users, or other legal requirements.

    C10 Proven experience of working with competing demands in a fast-paced technical service environment.


    D1 Experience in working in a large teaching laboratory.

    D2 Experience in sterile cell culture.

    D3 Experience in the propagation of plants.

    Terms and Conditions

    Salary will be on the Technical & Specialist Grade, level 5, £22,417 - £26,715 per annum.

    This post is full time (35 hours per week) and open ended.

    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 equality.

    The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

    Vacancy closing date : 9 April 2020

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