University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Scientific Operations Assistant

United Kingdom

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Scientific Operations Assistant

Are you passionate about science and making a difference to medicine and health? Could you provide a professional, laboratory support service to staff working in ground breaking research and teaching whilst working towards a formal qualification? Do you have a friendly and helpful attitude?

The Scientific Operations Team are committed to providing responsible and flexible teams to support academic priorities. We do this through our dedicated team of technical staff who engage in varied activities to support research and teaching. You will join a team of professional laboratory assistants, working closely under an experienced supervisor/manager, to provide basic laboratory support.

You will also be studying for a formal qualification as a level 3 apprentice which will account for 1 day per working week.

The work priority is regular collection and safe disposal of laboratory waste, washing up of glass and plastic ware using machines or by hand as appropriate. The preparation and sterilisation of solutions and the use of autoclaves, setting out and clearing equipment, washing benches and keeping the laboratories tidy will also be a priority. The preparation and making of media as determined by a weekly spreadsheet. Working as part of a team across various areas within the Faculty according to a weekly rota as directed by the Lab Assistant Manager. Other duties will include decontamination of waste from laboratories, servicing communal rooms, assisting senior staff with room/laboratory relocations, packing of dirty lab coats for laundry collection, and checking and sorting clean laundry, stock taking and ordering consumables.

You will carry out general laboratory administrative tasks, such as record keeping and data input. You will also work flexibly and move to various areas to cover for absent colleagues and support LICAMM suites and Primary laboratory areas.

You will need to be enthusiastic about the role and have a can do attitude. As you will have daily contact with academic staff, support staff, researchers and students you should have an approachable and professional manner, along with good communication and team working skills. You will also need basic computer literacy and knowledge of safe manual handling techniques. It would be advantageous if you could demonstrate a little experience from within a Laboratory environment. The role will involve some moderately heavy work, but we will provide full training.

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, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.
  • And much more!

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    Alison Fardon, Senior Scientific Operations Manager

    Email: [email protected]

    Location: Leeds - Main Campus

    Faculty/Service: Faculty of Medicine & Health School/Institute: Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM) Section: Institute Support Services Category: Technical Support Grade: Grade 3 Salary: £22,214 to £23,144 per annum Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Ongoing Release Date: Thursday 09 May 2024 Closing Date: Friday 31 May 2024 Reference: MHLCM1367

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    Scientific Operations Assistant


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    May 10, 2024

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    May 31, 2024

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    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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