Laboratory Safety Assistant
Post Details
Job Title
Laboratory Safety Assistant
Post Number
1003705
Closing Date
26 Jun 2019
Grade
SC7
Starting Salary
£24,300 - £27,000
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
29 Jul 2019
Months Duration
Indefinite

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Work as part of the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance team, providing an essential service to scientists at NBI. The successful applicant will assist with providing support services for the Institutes, including health and safety and quality assurance related tasks, day-to-day management of the central chemical and radioactive waste facilities and associated record-keeping. The successful candidate should have a good understanding of the hazardous properties of chemicals and knowledge of hazardous waste processes. Practical experience of work with chemicals and radiation would be an advantage.

Key Relationships

HSEQA team, NBI Partnership teams, Lab Managers and Lab Support teams

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Manage laboratory hazardous waste facilities and provide guidance and training to staff
20
Manage radioactive deliveries, dosimetry and radiation monitor calibrations, with associated record keeping
15
Assist Lab Managers and Lab Support with laboratory chemical reviews
10
Provide general health & safety support and assist with investigating minor incidents and accidents
10
Prepare and update health and safety and quality assurance procedures and risk assessments
10
Participate in laboratory audits and inspections
10
Contribute to safety improvement projects
10
As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
10
Assist with responding to emergency incidents where required
5

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Bachelor degree in chemistry, biology or equivalent experience working in a laboratory environment
Essential
Full UK Driving Licence
Desirable
Chemical safety qualification
Desirable
Radiation safety qualification
Desirable
NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety (or equivalent)
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Sound understanding of laboratory health and safety principles, including COSHH
Essential
Knowledge of chemical hazards
Essential
Competent user of Microsoft Office
Essential
Good numeracy and literacy skills
Essential
Knowledge of quality assurance principles
Desirable
Ability to prepare and review risk assessments
Desirable
Knowledge of laboratory radiation safety issues
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience of working in a laboratory with hazardous chemicals and waste processes
Essential
Experience of working with radiation
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to communicate effectively at all levels both verbally and written
Essential
Ability to work effectively in a small team
Essential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential
Evidence of problem solving skills
Essential
Ability to work independently and pro-actively
Essential
Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks
Essential
Good organisation and time management skills
Essential
Commitment to supporting scientific excellence
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Able to occasionally work out-of-hours
Essential
Able to undertake manual handling duties and lift small loads up to 13kg at waist / chest height (reasonable adjustments will be considered in the case of applicants with a disability)
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of the Partnership
Essential
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential

Who We Are

NBI Partnership

The NBI Partnership provides non-scientific services to the John Innes Centre (JIC), Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), Earlham Institute (EI) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL). All of these organisations carry out scientific research funded by the UK Government, European Union, Charitable and Industrial Sponsors. The Partnership employs around 140 staff to cater for the needs of approximately 1100 Research Staff, Students and Visiting Scientists who are all located in close proximity on the Norwich Research Park.

The John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute Bioscience, the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory are registered charities (No’s 223852, 1058499, 1136213 and 106550) and are Equal Opportunity Employers..

For more information about working at NBI Partnership, please click here.

Department

HS & QA

Group Details

The post is within the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance team

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The Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership (NBIP) has an exciting opportunity for a Laboratory Safety Assistant to join their busy Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance department.

NBI Partnership:

NBI Partnership provides support services to the John Innes Centre (JIC), the Earlham Institute (EI), The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB).

NBI Partnership is an exciting and stimulating multidisciplinary environment in which to work. Set in 230 hectares of parkland, we are an equal opportunities employer with a comprehensive benefits package to include; competitive starting salaries, free parking, defined contribution pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement and excellent recreational and leisure facilities.

The role:

The successful candidate will work as part of the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance team, providing an essential service to scientists at NBI. The successful applicant will assist with providing support services for the Institutes, including health and safety and quality assurance related tasks, day-to-day management of the central chemical and radioactive waste facilities and associated record-keeping.

The ideal candidate:

The successful candidate should have a good understanding of the hazardous properties of chemicals and knowledge of hazardous waste processes. Practical experience of working with chemicals and radiation would be an advantage. A degree in Chemical or Biological Sciences or equivalent working experience is essential.

This is a customer-facing role where good interpersonal skills combined with self-confidence and the ability to work efficiently and with minimal supervision for some of the assistant duties once trained is essential.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £24,300 to £27,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post on a permanent basis.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.nbi.ac.uk/ or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk quoting reference 1003705.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 26 June 2019.