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Trainee Laboratory Support Technician – Modern Apprenticeship - 17261

13 May 2019


Fixed Term - 24 months  


£16,460 per annum


To maintain our reputation as one of the world's leading universities, we recruit the best people to a variety of support, professional and academic roles each year. We offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits.

Work Environment: 

Are you interested in science and would like to gain a qualification while earning a salary?  Do you want to secure a job for after the summer? Then the University's Modern Apprentice programme may be the right opportunity for you. 

The School of Biological Sciences carries out a wide and diverse range of research and teaching in Life Sciences. We have a number of technical teams to support this work which includes media production, wash up and work shop services, plant sciences, undergraduate teaching, health and safety, general building and facilities support.

We envisage that our Modern Apprentice would spend blocks of time in each Technical Area, supervised by the relevant manager.  This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in different tasks and working environments.  The work will be predominantly laboratory-based but with periods of outdoor work and assisting with transportation of goods. There will be some periods of time spent observing processes in more specialist technical services areas such as advanced microscopy and flow cytometry. All our laboratories and facilities are based at the King's Buildings Campus.

What might a day in this job look like?

  • Checking communal equipment and replenishing laboratory stocks
  • Preparing areas for students, clearing away after classes
  • Preparing simple solutions and apparatus
  • Collection, segregation and proper handling of waste and recyclables
  • General maintenance of communal equipment e.g. refrigeration
  • Developing basic laboratory skills 
  • Record keeping and archiving.

What will I learn?

  • You will work towards an SVQ Level 3 in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Life Science) (SCQF Level 7) through a combination of work-based vocational training and block day-release to Fife College based at the Livingston Campus.
  • Basic laboratory skills e.g. making up solutions, aseptic technique, equipment maintenance
  • Communication and organisational skills.
  • Developing skills in problem solving and working independently. 
  • Basic IT skills for recording, processing and reporting information.

What Qualifications / Qualities are required?

  • At least two qualifications in a science subject at Higher Level (SCQF Level 6) and no fewer than three National 5 qualifications with evidence of excellent skills in numeracy and literacy
  • Educational attainment and interest in relevant science subjects.  Having a strong interest in applied science, particularly Biology
  • Self-motivated, willing to learn and committed to a future career in Life Sciences
  • A willingness to participate in a Modern Apprentice programme and the self-study required to complete the qualification.
  • Modern Apprenticeships are open to people of any age, in this instance funding for training is available to those aged 16-24.

Please note that as this post is a Modern Apprenticeship we will not be able to progress applications from those candidates with prior experience of lab management or in possession of a higher qualification in a relevant subject.

Closing Date:

1 pm on Sunday 9 June.