Laboratory Assistant

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7111658 (Ref.No. FBSFO1163)
Posted: September 26, 2022

Job Description

Do you want to provide a professional laboratory support service to staff working in research and teaching? Do you have a friendly and helpful attitude? 

The Technical Services in the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing responsible and flexible teams to support academic priorities. We do this through our large cohort of technical staff who engage in varied activities to support research and teaching. You will join a team of professional laboratory assistants, working closely under an experienced supervisor/manager, to provide basic laboratory support.

The work priority is regular collection and safe disposal of laboratory waste, washing up of glass and plastic ware using machines or by hand as appropriate. The preparation and sterilisation of solutions and the use of autoclaves, setting out and clearing equipment, washing benches and keeping the laboratories tidy will also be a priority. The preparation and making of media as determined by a weekly spreadsheet. Working as part of a team across various areas within the Faculty according to a weekly rota as directed by the Lab Assistant Manager. Other duties will include decontamination of waste from laboratories, servicing communal rooms, assisting senior staff with room/laboratory relocations, packing of dirty lab coats for laundry collection, and checking and sorting clean laundry, stock taking and ordering consumables.

You will carry out general laboratory administrative tasks, such as record keeping and data input. You will also work flexibly and move to various areas to cover for absent colleagues and support larger short-term projects, such as room clearance. 

You will need to be enthusiastic about the role and have a can do attitude. As you will have daily contact with academic staff, support staff, researchers and students you should have an approachable and professional manner, along with good communication and team working skills. You will also need basic computer literacy and knowledge of safe manual handling techniques. It would be advantageous if you could demonstrate a little experience from within a Laboratory environment. The role will involve some moderately heavy work, but we will provide full training.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Luke Blumler, Technical Supervisor

Tel: +44 (0)113 3431538 | Email: [email protected] 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  Biological Sciences Faculty Offices
Category:  Technical Support
Grade:  Grade 3
Salary:  £18,212 to £19,623 p.a.
Working Time:  35 hours
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Friday 23 September 2022
Closing Date:  Friday 21 October 2022
Reference:  FBSFO1163

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.