University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Research Laboratory Support Technician

Research Laboratory Support Technician

Based in the heart of Cambridge, the Department of Pharmacology prides itself in being a thriving, dynamic and friendly department within the School of Biological Sciences, dedicated to the pursuit of world-class research, teaching and learning.

With the number of research and academic staff growing, so are our Professional Services teams and we are now looking to appoint a knowledgeable and dedicated Research Laboratory Support Technician to join our department.

Reporting to the Facilities and Safety Manager, the Research Laboratory Support Technician will be essential to our research and teaching staff by providing specialist technical support and ensuring the smooth running of a workshop facility.

The role is varied and dynamic, with duties ranging from manufacturing and preparing specialist equipment in support of research project and setting up equipment for teaching or research, to providing technical advice to research students and researchers. The post holder will discuss work requests to ascertain the aims and technical requirements of the request/project; construct, test and modify specialist equipment and provide technical specifications based on rough drawings and sketches or verbal instructions. The Research Laboratory Support Technician will carry out research into new technologies and manufacture methods, whilst monitoring laboratory resources within a set budget.

Therefore, excellent communication and problem-solving skills are required in order to work in this active and interesting role. We would expect the post holder to be pro-active and have a high degree of precision and accuracy. IT skills are essential to this role.

Applicants should hold a qualification equitable to HND/HNC, level 4/5 vocational qualifications or an equivalent level of practical experience. It is also essential that applicants demonstrate factual and theoretical knowledge relevant to the post, as well as being up to date with current regulations and practices.

It is expected that this role will be based in the Department in order to be able to provide in-person support.

In return, we are offering: - Competitive rates of pay with automatic service-related pay progression and annual cost of living increases; - Generous annual leave allowance of 36 days paid leave (including bank holidays); - Generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement and other family friendly schemes; - An auto-enrolment pension scheme , with a generous employer contribution; - A clear training and induction plan to ensure you are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve success; - Access to University personal development training courses to support your ongoing learning and development; - A supportive and inclusive working environment that encourages collaboration and supports wellbeing.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

All applications must submitted via the University Recruitment System - please note that we cannot accept applications that are submitted via post or email.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact our HR team at [email protected].

Please quote reference PL41029 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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Further information
  • Further particulars
  • Department/Location

    Department of Pharmacology, Cambridge






    Assistant staff


    23 March 2024

    Closing date

    14 April 2024

    Job details


    Research Laboratory Support Technician


    University of Cambridge


    United Kingdom


    March 24, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 14, 2024

    Job type




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