Working at Royal Leamington Spa
What you can expect as our Laboratory Equipment Technician
As a Laboratory Equipment Technician, you will be responsible for managing the equipment needed for patient sample processing.
You will be the first port of call for equipment failure investigation and diagnosis where possible. Additionally, you will also be responsible for contacting the relevant equipment engineer and ensuring the correct tools/services are present for the resolution of equipment issues.
You will then oversee any repairs and ensure the correct documentation is produced and completed by the relevant personnel following a report and repair.
As Lab Equipment Technician, you will also be responsible for lab equipment upkeep. To this end you will need to liaise with the purchasing department (the people who physically arrange for repairs/servicing payments) and the legal team (to make sure contracts are in place for this).
You will also responsible for communication of equipment failure to wider teams e.g senior management, logistics/process team and all activities must be completed to the laboratory’s accreditation standards.
This role requires individuals who are keen to problem solve and think critically about the issues in hand.
In order to be successful in the role of Laboratory Equipment Technician, you’ll need the following education, experience and skills:
• BSc Honours degree in a biological science
• Extensive experience in a laboratory setting (academic, clinical or industrial)
• Experience of using a biosafety cabinet
• Experience of using and troubleshooting PCR related equipment
• Experience of maintaining documents and procedures within laboratory accreditation specifications (ISO15189:2012 / ISO17025:2019)
• A comprehensive understanding of health and safety protocols in a lab environment
• Evidence of excellent communication and team-working skills
• Evidence of excellent attention to detail
• Evidence of organisation skills
In addition, the following education and experience are also desirable but not mandatory:
Please note that Laboratory Equipment Technicians are not required to have extensive knowledge on specialist equipment that will be used in the lab, as you will be given training. However, applicants should have some experience with common molecular biology equipment. Please also note you will be required to pass BPSS clearance.
• Degree in Biomedical Sciences
• HCPC registered
• PhD or significant experience of problem solving in a lab environment
• Experience of using liquid handling robots (e.g. Hamilton liquid handling systems)
• Experience of using automated RNA extraction systems (e.g Thermofisher Kingfisher Flex purification system)
• Experience of viral RNA testing through end-point PCR (LGC end-point PCR systems)
• Significant experience in molecular biology
• Knowledge of health and safety regulations and experience
• Significant experience of handling human biological samples
• Experience with handling human biological samples and working at containment level 2 or containment level 3