Laboratory Technician

United Kingdom
Oct 17, 2016
Nov 14, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

To provide specialist technical services to academic staff, research staff and students to support research and teaching projects.


  • Using electrical and electronic skills, design, modify, manufacture and install electrical/electronic circuits according to specifications for teaching and research related purposes. Ensuring work is of a sufficient quality and best practice is used.
  • Contribute to carrying out tests / experiments using measurement and instrumentation techniques for the purpose of logging data required for test result analysis.
  • Contribute to the development, testing, construction and modification of equipment and/or techniques used for projects and research, drawing on the skills from learning and experience.
  • Provide relevant technical information, advice, guidance and training/demonstration on the use of specialised equipment or techniques to academic staff, students and others.
  • Maintain, test, fault find, rectify, and repair technical equipment/apparatus to ensure it is safe to use and complies with relevant statutory safety regulations. Ensure general workshop/laboratory services tidiness.
  • Be responsible for overseeing specific activities and processes of a work area/laboratory/research project and provide technical supervision of students.
  • Comply with Health and Safety procedures affecting self and others.
  • Contribute to compiling/updating technical information and documentation records of equipment and processes carried out in the laboratories.
  • Contribute to maintaining / monitoring stock levels in stores, to ensure there is always an adequate stock of materials and equipment to supply project and research areas. Prepare materials, set up specialized equipment/apparatus for experiments and teaching demonstrations used by staff and students in laboratory practical classes and research. Carry out any other duties which are appropriate to the post as may be reasonably requested by Supervisor.

Planning and Organising:

  • Prioritise own work within a general plan or schedule to meet deadlines and appropriate standards and assist supervisors and other senior staff in planning for future work. Includes co-ordinating arrangement and allocating tasks to others.
  • Plan layout of laboratories as well as assessing requirements and resources needed in advance.
  • Organise the laboratories to enable a safe working environment.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

  • Where appropriate carry out some training of staff and students in the use of equipment and techniques in own area of Take delegated responsibility for the security, maintenance and repair of equipment in the laboratories.
  • Provide advice and recommendations on equipment selection for research and student projects.
  • Support student learning through the development and demonstration of standard equipment and techniques. expertise.
  • Allocate/delegate some work to others for specific activities; taking responsibility for ensuring work is completed to required standards and timescales. Take responsibility for stocks/stores of equipment and supplies within a delegated budget, so that supplies/resources are available when required.

Internal and External Relationships:

  • Daily contact with supervisor, work colleagues, University staff and students.
  • Communicate and liaise with users of the technical service (e.g. staff, students, external users) to establish requirements.
  • Liaise with key contacts in the wider University body to support own activities/specific tasks, as required.



  • Hold at least a HNC in a relevant subject e.g. Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical, Production Engineering etc (or equivalent)


  • A recognised, apprenticeship completed in an engineering environment.
  • Three years recent relevant post qualification/apprenticeship experience in electrical and/or electronic engineering.
  • Relevant experience of designing and manufacturing electrical control panels and electronic circuits; experience of measurement and instrumentation equipment for data logging purposes (e.g. strain, pressure, load, temperature); working with 3 phase power and control systems using servo drives and inverters for motor control.
  • Well-developed understanding of relevant regulations and procedures including health and safety requirements.
  • Good mechanical assembly skills and experience of using some workshop machinery e.g. pillar drills, band saws etc.
  • Good IT literacy skills.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritise own work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to think logically and formulate plans to solve problems.
  • Willing to gain experience and learn new skills and techniques.
  • Willingness to work in a team as well as using own initiative. Health & Safety Qualifications (e.g. NEBOSH, IOSH)
  • Understanding of machinery safety circuits and standards.
  • Experience of Raspberry Pi.
  • Understanding and experience of Portable Appliance Testing.
  • Experience of National Instruments hardware and LabVIEW software.


  • Working with composites.
  • Knowledge of materials testing techniques and associated equipment.
  • Full, clean driving license or otherwise, to meet the mobility requirements of the post.