- Job Title
- Laboratory Safety Assistant
- Post Number
- Closing Date
- 26 Jun 2019
- Starting Salary
- £24,300 - £27,000
- Hours per week
- Expected/Ideal Start Date
- 29 Jul 2019
- Months Duration
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.
HSEQA team, NBI Partnership teams, Lab Managers and Lab Support teams
Main Activities & Responsibilities
- Manage laboratory hazardous waste facilities and provide guidance and training to staff
- Manage radioactive deliveries, dosimetry and radiation monitor calibrations, with associated record keeping
- Assist Lab Managers and Lab Support with laboratory chemical reviews
- Provide general health & safety support and assist with investigating minor incidents and accidents
- Prepare and update health and safety and quality assurance procedures and risk assessments
- Participate in laboratory audits and inspections
- Contribute to safety improvement projects
- As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post
- Assist with responding to emergency incidents where required
Education & Qualifications
- Bachelor degree in chemistry, biology or equivalent experience working in a laboratory environment
- Full UK Driving Licence
- Chemical safety qualification
- Radiation safety qualification
- NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety (or equivalent)
Specialist Knowledge & Skills
- Sound understanding of laboratory health and safety principles, including COSHH
- Knowledge of chemical hazards
- Competent user of Microsoft Office
- Good numeracy and literacy skills
- Knowledge of quality assurance principles
- Ability to prepare and review risk assessments
- Knowledge of laboratory radiation safety issues
- Experience of working in a laboratory with hazardous chemicals and waste processes
- Experience of working with radiation
Interpersonal & Communication Skills
- Ability to communicate effectively at all levels both verbally and written
- Ability to work effectively in a small team
- Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
- Evidence of problem solving skills
- Ability to work independently and pro-actively
- Willingness to learn new techniques and tasks
- Good organisation and time management skills
- Commitment to supporting scientific excellence
- Able to occasionally work out-of-hours
- 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)
- Attention to detail
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of the Partnership
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
- Promotes equality and values diversity
Who We Are
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..
HS & QA
The post is within the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance team
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 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.