Flow Cytometry Laboratory Technician

Job Details
Institution: Newcastle University
Job Start Date: 2021-05-18
Term: until 1 August 2022
Keyword Names: Technician/Technical, Core/Shared Resource Laboratory, Academic/Research
Salary: £21,814 - £25,217
Line 1: Newcastle University
City: Newcastle
Country: United Kingdom

Job Description

Flow Cytometry Laboratory Technician Requisition ID:  7022 Location: 

Newcastle University, UK

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Role

Reporting to the FCCF director (SESO), you will require specific technical and practical skills and a well developed working knowledge of technical practices and procedures,  relating to all aspects of flow cytometry and single cell analysis, acquired by considerable experience on the job and/or vocational training. You will work as part of a professional community to provide a technical support service to staff and students by mainly following established working patterns, but there will be a need to resolve most problems without access to more senior colleagues. The role may involve developing skills in a particular specialist area or possibly planning and supervising the work of others.

Key Accountabilities

  • Complete a range of maintenance activities and repairs
  • Liaise with suppliers and manufacturers to resolve problems and investigate replacement options
  • Advise on equipment capabilities demonstrating how results can be achieved
  • Develop local procedures, establish and maintain a safe/compliant working environment
  • Assist with the completion and updating of a wide range of safety paperwork
  • Oversee compliance tasks ensuring timely completion and maintenance of appropriate records
  • Complete accident reporting and assist with investigations
  • Maintain broad and up to date health and safety knowledge providing support/advice to others
  • Schedule, prioritise and monitor work and performance in line with demands and deadlines
  • Hold delegated responsibility from the academic/technical lead for the planning, operation and supervision of a variety of laboratory spaces
  • Work collaboratively with the other areas to ensure efficiency and elimination of duplicated effor
  • Organise and facilitate progress and management meetings 
  • Be a key contributor to service development, delivery and planning
  • Contribute and support change
  • Oversee local record keeping, inventory and asset management
  • Monitor resource usage and stores operations
  • Source and negotiate with suppliers for a range of items including specialist parts/equipment
  • Create, update and implement procedures to deliver an aligned, efficient and effective service
  • Provide a broad range of skilled research/teaching support
  • Prepare and manufacture a range of specimens/samples with limited direction
  • Manage equipment bookings and assist with recharging
  • Contribute to small and large scale building works
  • Design, develop and deliver inductions, demonstrations and training covering a broad range of activities (not limited to techniques and equipment)
  • Assist managers with the identification of training and development need
  • Develop a broad knowledge and skills base, sharing with others
  • Mentor junior staff
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Thorough working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures, and experience of safe waste management within a workshop/laboratory environment
  • Demonstrable work experience in a relevant technical laboratory role
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Demonstrates technical and problem-solving capability
  • Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines with a positive and proactive approach to duties and attention to detail
  • Contribute to design and specification of teaching/research activities (Desirable)
  • Ability to adapt to changes in teaching/research priorities

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills to interface with staff
  • Attention to detail to ensure accuracy and precision
  • Work in a collaborative and flexible way
  • To exhibit University and Faculty values and principles 


  • BTEC HNC/HND or equivalent in relevant subject or equivalent experience
  • Professional registration with an accredited professional body (including HEA) or working towards this on appointment (Desirable)

Success Factors

Team-working (Self)

  • Co-operative
  • Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
  • Shares relevant and useful information with others
  • Keeps other team members up to date with progress
  • Gets involved with team tasks
  • Willing to help others and share workloads
  • Supportive of team decisions
  • Asks others’ opinion
  • Encourages others to get involved
  • Talks about other team members in a positive way
  • Respects the value that different views bring to the team

Planning and organising (Self)

  • Planning and managing own work
  • Works in a planned and structured way
  • Uses own and others’ time effectively
  • Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
  • Plans workload and tasks in a systematic way
  • Ensures that all activities are completed on time
  • Uses systems and tools to ensure records and audit trails are clear and up to date
  • Keeps work systems up to date, neat and tidy
  • Ensures that others know how process and systems work

Delivering services (Self)

  • Getting the job done well
  • Sees others departments and colleagues as “customers” and follows through on their enquiries and requests
  • Keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
  • Co-operates with others in achieving targets
  • Takes responsibility for achieving own targets
  • Has a positive attitude for doing things better
  • Looks for ways to make immediate improvements (quick wins)
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Strives to deliver high quality results
  • Is enthusiastic in getting the job done on time

Embracing Change (Self)

  • Making improvements in your own role
  • Comes forward with new ideas and concepts
  • Anticipates change and prepares for it
  • Accepts change and “runs” with it
  • Willing to experiment, enterprising in approach
  • Builds on others’ ideas and suggestions
  • Willing to change ways and policies in light of new information

Communicating (Self)

  • Clear communicator
  • Is factually correct and gives consistent verbal and non verbal messages
  • Clear and concise; gets the message across to others
  • Chooses communication tools appropriately e.g. selective use of emails and other channels of communication
  • Tailors content of communication to the audience, changing style, tone and format appropriately
  • Uses face to face communication regularly; team meetings, one to ones, informal discussions/chats, briefing sessions etc
  • Can hold attention of others using appropriate techniques; questioning, rhetorical questions, changing tone and pace of voice and animated style.