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  • Phd

Apply by: 2021-11-11

Senior Technician

Published 2021-10-13

Job description
The Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine is located in Guy’s Hospital and is a nucleus for the cutting-edge stem cell research currently taking place across the College and its partner NHS trusts, as part of King’s Health Partners. Through the Centre, King’s aims to drive collaboration between scientists and clinicians to translate the potential of stem cells into clinical reality for patients.     
A major focus of Professor Watt’s current research is regulation of cell fate decisions in adult mammalian epidermis using both in vitro and mouse models. The post-holder will work closely with Professor Watt, and will be responsible for key budgetary, administrative and research tasks within her laboratory. Approximately half of the post-holder’s time will be office-based and half will be laboratory based. Expertise in cell culture and/or mouse models is essential. 
The successful candidate will be highly motivated, flexible and pro-active, with the ability to work both independently and within a closely collaborative team. A keen interest in stem cell research and a ‘can do’ attitude are essential. The candidate will have exceptional skills in organisation and communication and will have experience of grants management, Health and Safety and Home Office legislation or the Human Tissue Act. The post holder will also have experience of overseeing and training junior workers. 
This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract until 30/11/2022 in first instance 
This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities
  • The post holder is a member of the School’s professional services team, providing high quality technical support to the School and specific support to its education/ research activities. Working closely with their line manager(s) and lead academic, the post holder will:  
  • Provide in-depth knowledge of technical or scientific practices, methods and procedures gained through experience and/or formal qualification  
  • Be responsible for the delivery and day-to-day management of a range of technical facilities and activities, using knowledge derived from various sources of diverse complexity, ensuring an efficient use of resources 
  • Manage/ supervise the installation, monitoring and maintenance of equipment, systems and software, with control over small budgets, stocks/stores equipment and supplies    
  • Be responsible for the compliance with Health & Safety and other relevant regulations, guidance and legislation governing area of work and responsibility, monitoring safe working practice, completing risk assessments and adapting the working environment to reduce the level of hazard  
  • Communicate, both orally and in writing, complex information in a clear and precise fashion, synthesising and presenting complex information in a clear and precise manner  
  • Use well-developed analytical skills to identify trends and patterns, using appropriate techniques and procedures to do this, to inform timely and considered decisions  
  • Problem solve using a systematic and timely approach, making decisions independently, using agreed guidelines, that have an impact of up to a year and occasionally being required to resolve predictable, longer term problems 
  • Manage own workload, pattern of work and resources, and manage/supervise a small team, advising and providing feedback and identifying training and development needs 
  • Be responsive to changing priorities and an evolving environment/context, maximising the efficiency of the technical support being provided and resolving problems as they arise 
  • Forge relationships with colleagues in the university and external to the university, in order to build relationships, disseminate information, coordinate and deliver the required support  
  • Provide advice/ guidance and, where appropriate, training to colleagues on techniques, university policies, processes and, where required, source information and support for colleagues to facilitate their work 
  • Facilitate an inclusive culture and ethos across the School teams, ensuring that Professional Services staff work in partnership with academic staff in departments/ centres/ institutes and Professional Services colleagues in the Faculty team and functional networks 
  • Create an ethos of collaboration and collegiality, establishing effective communications and relationships, and encouraging staff to work in partnership with colleagues across the university, to eliminate potential barriers, enhance collegiality and develop best practice through actively contributing to King’s initiatives, including professional networks and working   
  • Participate in cross-School/ Faculty/ university projects and initiatives for up to 10% FTE 
  • Engage actively in Continuing Professional Development and training initiatives, in line with the Technician Commitment and Research Concordat for a minimum of 10 days pro rata per year 
  • The post holder will report to Prof. Fiona Watt and Mr. Matteo Battilocchi
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post. 
Skills, knowledge, and experience 
Essential criteria
  1. Minimum level 4 qualification, e.g. higher apprenticeship, HNC or other Level 4 award, plus work experience in a relevant technical/scientific post OR Considerable knowledge and skills gained through work experience in a relevant technical or scientific post 
  2. 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. 
  3. Extensive technical experience and knowledge of a range of scientific procedures and the underpinning scientific theory applicable to the work area and their environmental impact. 
  4. Clear spoken and written communication skills, with proficient computer use and strong interpersonal and influencing/behavioural skills. Ideally experience using rodent colony management software.   
  5. Proactive and responsive to contacts in immediate area, across the wider organisation and externally (e.g., suppliers) to build relationships and network. 
  6. Solutions-focused self-starter, with excellent planning and organisational skills, an ability to manage competing priorities and who can work with minimal supervision. 
  7. Good working knowledge of regulations and best practice governing area of work, including Health & Safety and environmental sustainability. 
  8. Knowledge of environmental impacts of laboratory work and an interest in reducing the negative impacts. 
  9. Extensive knowledge of, and experience in adhering to, Home Office guidance and ASPA on the use of animals in scientific research  
  10. Current holder of, or recently revoked, Home Office Personal Licence. 
Desirable  criteria
  1.  Experience of supervising/advising junior team members, giving feedback on performance levels and training/coaching where necessary.
  2. Able and willing to provide support beyond core hours, as required.
  3. Experience of using procurement systems such as Unit 4 Business World.
  4. Experience of cell culture
  5. Ability to work independently, take the initiative, planning and managing multiple and varied tasks and prioritise workload.  
Further information
Selection process to include a Panel Interview 

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