Laboratory Assistant - #49206
University College London
The mission of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health is to improve the health and well-being of children, and the adults they will become, through world-class research, education and public engagement. The UCL GOS ICH, together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, forms the largest concentration of children’s health research outside North America. GOS ICH’s activities include active engagement with children and families, to ensure that our work is relevant and appropriate to their needs. GOS ICH generates the funding for our research by setting out our proposals in high quality applications to public, charitable and industrial funding bodies and disseminates the results of our research by publication in the medical and scientific literature, to clinicians, policy makers and the wider public. The Institute offers world-class education and training across a wide range of teaching and life learning programmes which address the needs of students and professional groups who are interested in and undertaking work relevant to child health.
About the role
The Laboratory Assistant will be part of the Laboratory Management Team consisting of five Laboratory Managers, four Laboratory Aides, one procurement officer, one Deputy Head and the Head of the service. The role will provide a high-quality service, interacting with a range of people within and external to UCL, thus a professional attitude and willingness to help are essential to execute the duties outlined. The post holder is required to be able to use their own initiative within boundaries and be able to follow University / Institute policies and procedures. The role will provide cross-cover for colleagues. In line with the varied responsibilities of the post, the post holder will report to the Deputy Head of Lab Management and work closely with the LMT procurement officer on more specific procurement tasks. All relevant training will be provided and there will be the opportunity to participate in additional UCL development courses. The post is multi-faceted and involves both administrative and practical duties. For more details, please refer to job description.
The ideal candidate must have a biology degree or equivalent, experience working in a laboratory environment (including managing equipment and troubleshooting routine problems) as well as health and safety knowledge. Teamwork attitude, multitasking ability and a proactive approach to the work are also key attributes for the role. Candidate needs to be able to prioritise tasks, work with Microsoft office applications and possess excellent written and verbal skills as good communication is a priority for a successful lab assistant to join our team.
What we offer
As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents we also offer some great benefits some of which are below: 41 Days holiday (including 27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days) Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE) Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan On-Site nursery On-site gym Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service Discounted medical insurance
Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women. You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/equality-diversity-inclusion/