University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Technician

United Kingdom

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Research Technician

Do you have a Biology, Chemistry, Physics or related degree and are thinking what next? Maybe you have been working as a lab technician looking for the next step in a different area and fancy a change? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research-intensive Universities?

We are seeking an individual to help manage and be responsible for our suite of labs, induct new users and train them to use the more controlled lab areas including some specific instruments (subject to relevant experience), which encompass a wide variety of different space types from tissue growth to microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

Within the Molecular and Nanoscale Physics Group, we work at the interdisciplinary boundary between Physics, Medicine, Biology, and Chemistry, to deliver a broad range of research. Here we probe the Physics of the systems, to help us to make steps forward in our understanding and applications of such diverse areas as light-harvesting complex of plants, cancer imaging and treatment using microbubbles and the development of new diagnostic tests and applications, using our novel gold nanoparticles.

You will work alongside the Senior Experimental Officer to manage the labs and ensure that the laboratory users look after the space, work safely, and have the necessary training to use the spaces and equipment. Depending upon your expertise, we would also expect you to ‘take ownership' of some equipment and act as the primary contact point for training and problem-solving. Within the role is also room to take on a small research project of your own, which would align and support some of our existing research areas in the development of novel gold nanomaterials, microfluidics or therapeutic microbubbles.

This role will be based in the Sir William Henry Bragg Building on the main University Campus, with some scope for hybrid work. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That's 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme options plus life assurance.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available. And much more!
  • To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

    Dr Ben Johnson, Senior Experimental Officer

    Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7127 or email: [email protected]


    Professor Steve Evans, Head of Molecular & Nanoscale Physics

    Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3852 or email: [email protected]

    Location: Leeds - Main Campus

    Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences School/Institute: School of Physics & Astronomy Category: Technical Support Grade: Grade 6 Salary: £30,487 to £36,024 pro rata per annum Working Time: 28 hours per week Post Type: Part Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 30 September 2026 - there is a need for temporary cover) Release Date: Monday 13 May 2024 Closing Date: Sunday 02 June 2024 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: EPSPA1112 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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    Research Technician


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    May 14, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 02, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Biology,Chemistry,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

    The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

    Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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