University of Kent

University of Kent

NATS-276-24 - Technician

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Technician School of Biosciences Location: Canterbury

Salary: £24,285 to £27,131 per annum pro rata Grade: Grade 5 Post Type: Part Time Hours per Week: 29.75 Contract Type: Fixed Term - 12 Months Release Date: Wednesday 07 February 2024 Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 03 March 2024 (unless otherwise stated) Reference: NATS-276-24

Are you interested in providing research support to the specialist area of cancer drug discovery? Do you have experience of working under your own initiative and also collaboratively within a team?

Then this is an exciting opportunity to join the Division of Natural Sciences in the role of Technician (cancer drug discovery). The role of Technician helps to deliver timely and effective specialised research, supports the effective and efficient operation of general facilities and resources, and provides inductions, training and demonstrations of specialist techniques to staff and students .

As Technician (cancer drug discovery) you will:

  • Plan and perform activities independently using a range of techniques, sometimes working from a limited brief.
  • Liaise with staff, students and visitors, as well as dealing with routine external service providers to ensure facilities and equipment are kept operational. Work collaboratively with other members of the team.
  • Operate complex technical equipment, assisting staff and students. Undertake routine maintenance tasks, fault finding and basic repairs.
  • Work effectively as a team and independently, providing technical advice in relation to the work area activities, equipment and the techniques used, to staff and students, as required
  • Understand, promote and apply relevant COSHH/risk assessments and departmental health and safety protocols ensuring procedures are followed at all times. Supervise staff and students to ensure their safety.
  • Contribute to the development of protocols, standard operating procedures and maintenance schedules for the work area.
  • To be successful in this role you will have/be:

  • Proven experience of working in a Technical support role
  • Experience of using complex technical equipment and providing advice on its use to students and colleagues
  • Excellent troubleshooting and diagnostic skills, with an ability to assess non-routine problems and implement solutions within own expertise
  • Organised with the ability to prioritise a wide range of workload with competing priorities
  • Experience in supporting the procurement of technical equipment
  • The University of Kent is a distinctive and attractive place to work. We employ around 6,000 staff, including academic and research staff and a full range of support and administration staff. Our stunning main campus in Canterbury, Kent was founded in 1965 and is set among green and tranquil open space overlooking the spectacular Cathedral. Our staff enjoy competitive salaries, an occupational pension scheme, generous holiday entitlements (43 days leave per year) and a great working environment.

    Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for the post. If you believe you meet the essential criteria for the role we would welcome your application. If you require further information regarding the role or the application process, please contact the Human Resources Team at [email protected] quoting ref number:NATS-276-24.

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    Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward.

    Applications must be made via the University's online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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    NATS-276-24 - Technician


    University of Kent


    United Kingdom


    February 13, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 03, 2024

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    About the employer

    The University of Kent (formerly referred to as the University of Kent at Canterbury) is a well-known semi-collegiate public research university which is based in Kent in the United Kingdom. It was established in the year 1965 and is recognized as a Beloff's plate glass university. In 1960, sponsors of University of Kent sent University Grants Committee a proposal for creating a University in Canterbury. On the acceptance of the proposal, an Interim Committee was set up in 1962 and the university was named. It was in the year 1965 that the university was granted its Royal Charter. The institution started operating this year with just 500 students and 150 staff members. Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent, was appointed as the university's first chancellor. Currently, the university has six colleges and its academic structure comprises of 3 academic centres and 18 academic schools. The university has won two Queen's Anniversary Prizes in eleven years for Higher and Further Education.

    The university has three campuses in Kent. Located in Parkland, the Canterbury Campus is the main campus that includes six colleges, the Gulbenkian arts centre, the Templeman Library and the Mandela Building. The campus is spread across 300 acres and is well-linked to the city centre as well as London. It offers excellent academic, residential and dining facilities. The Tonbridge campus was established in 1982 as the School of continuing education. Currently, it collaborates with the Kent Innovation and Enterprise and Kent Business School. The Medway Campus is situated near the towns of Chatham and Rochester on the site of a former naval base. The campus is divided into two sites, the Dockyard Chatham and Pembroke. Pembroke houses Drill Hall Library, centres for professional practice and journalism, the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the Student Hub social space and the Medway branches of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and the School of Computing. The Dockyard is home to Centre for Music and Audio Technology and the Medway branch of Kent Business School. The university also has centres in other parts of Europe including Athens, Paris, Brussels and Rome.

    The university provides numerous postgraduate and undergraduate a degree programmes in various fields such as architecture, environment, arts, media, English, philosophy, social sciences, history, music, science, pharmacy, finance, sports, medicine, law, journalism, psychology, anthropology and economics. The university has over 20,100 students and more than 2,000 faculty members. 16% of the student population consists of international students. The university has a faculty-student ratio of 1:12. More than 6,700 students and 132 companies were engaged with the nationally-recognized Employability Points scheme of the university in 2015-16. Kent has collaborations with 388 institutions across the world.

    The university has 160,000 alumni over 180 countries including many notable personalities. Gavin William James Esler is a popular journalist, author and television presenter. Kazuo Ishiguro is a novelist, short-story writer and screenwriter. Tom Wilkinson is an actor best known for his roles in 'Michael Clayton' and 'In the Bedroom'. Alan Davies is an actor, stand-up comedian and writer famous for his role in Jonathan Creek, the mystery drama series by BBC. David Mitchell is a novelist whose works Cloud Atlas and number9dream were nominated for the Booker Prize. Paul Telfer is an actor renowned for his role of Xander Kiriakis in the Days of Our Lives. Many other successful people are associated with the university

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