Salary: £30,342 – £40,036
CD: Sunday 9 August 2020
We are looking for an enthusiastic, organised and practically minded applicant for a Laboratory Manager vacancy that will be based in our new laboratories at our Headquarters site, Cambridge.
The Laboratory Manager will bring together their managerial skills and knowledge of lab procedures and safety to ensure that laboratories operate safely and efficiency. The post holder will work as a senior member of a team of laboratory managers that functionally report into the Director of Resource Management and have responsibility for one of the two Cambridge sites, though may be asked to provide support for other sites across the business. They will be an interface between science and support functions.
Duties will generally include:
- Laboratory inductions for scientific staff- ensuring compliance to H&S procedures and good laboratory practice is adhered to
- Training scientific staff in using laboratory equipment
- Reordering supplies and maintaining sufficient stock for research teams
- Organising servicing, repair and routine maintenance of laboratory equipment along with demonstration of new equipment and safe disposal of old equipment
- Working with IT, ensure hardware and software is kept up to date
- Ensuring the maintenance of health and safety standards and records in laboratories. In more detail this will ensure full and up to date lab personnel rosters and that lab books archives, COSHH forms, risk assessments and SOPs are completed by individual laboratory managers for all laboratory areas.
- Coordination of plant, soil, microbe and GM licenses where necessary.
- Liaise with the University of Cambridge as part of the Crop Science Centre alliance, the NIAB Head of Facilities for equipment commissioning, building, electrical and plumbing works and also the Biological Safety and GM safety officers
- Ensure best practice around recycling, sustainable waste disposal and laboratory operations
Reporting jointly to the Directors of Resource management and Crop Research, this role will also support the wider health and safety function across NIAB, working with the group Health and Safety coordinator, to ensure both statutory and proactive inspections are carried out within their area of responsibility. The role holder will exemplify good laboratory practice and ways of working, taking pride in facilitating the operation of a safe and efficient working environment. The post holder will be a team player, working to integrate across service and research teams, proactively prevent problems and support the facilities head in their role.
Essential requirements are:
- BSc or degree equivalent in a science subject or equivalent on the job training
- Experience of working in a biological sciences research laboratory; the management and training of others; communicating with non-scientists such as reps for purchasing and laboratory equipment maintenance
- Experience with laboratory H&S procedures along with a working knowledge of the impact of Health and Safety legislation in the scientific workplace with appropriate qualifications
- Experience of database creation, use and management for key inventories (e.g. chemicals, equipment etc)
- Good computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to present complex information with clarity and also interpersonal skills
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal stakeholders and a range of external contacts, effectively influencing and negotiating to achieve common goals
- Demonstrated ability to work both as part of a team and independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
- Able to work flexibly and respond positively to changing demands/duties
- Ability to line manage and support the continued professional development of Laboratory Support team members; prioritise and schedule work with effective time management; follow instructions and respond constructively to requests; attend work in response to emergency call-outs; lift small loads up to 13kg at waist/chest height and move large/heavy items such as loaded trolleys, compressed gas cylinders, waste receptacles, etc. (Reasonable adjustments will be considered in the case of applicants with a disability.)
- Promotes equality and values diversity
- Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
Desirable attributes are:
- PhD with a strong laboratory component
- Chartered Scientist Registration
- Membership of appropriate professional bodies e.g. IOSH
- Level 5 or 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice or equivalent IOSH/ NEBOSH
- A track record of delivering in a similar role in a university, company or equivalent institution
- Experience of working with pathogen and/or GM containment and of carrying out research in a field of biological sciences
- Evidence of CPD training in laboratory management and health and safety
- Experience writing/analysing SOPs and carrying out risk assessments
- Experience of effective planning and project management skills (for example, for minor works)
- Proven line management experience
For more information and to apply, please visit the company website.