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Technical Manager
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF28576

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 17/06/2019

Job live date: 16/05/2019

Salary: £30,395 to £33,199 per annum

Employment type: PM-ALC

Department: Technical Services

Division: Cluster 1

Hours per week: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time, permanent

Technical Services at the University of Reading offers a great career opportunity for a skilled Biologist to join the management team as we continue to progress improvements to our centralised support service and relocate a range of services to the new Health and Life Sciences building on our attractive, award winning Whiteknights campus in Reading.

We seek an enthusiastic, experienced Biologist to lead and manage the teaching, in-direct research and health & safety monitoring services delivered by the technical team. These encompass a range of related disciplines including: Zoology, Ecology, Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering.

The role will focus upon effective delivery of technical support for practical classes, project students, in-direct research and laboratory health & safety. To successfully deliver these services, you will lead and manage a team of 9 technical staff and work in close collaboration with fellow Technical Managers to improving our overall flexibility and resilience.

You will be responsible for the planning and directing of resources, training and staff development within the Biology division and contribute to the overall success of 3 other life science divisions within Cluster 1. Working the Associate Director, you will set team objectives that support our goals and strategic priorities. As part of the management team, you will help develop our systems and procedures ensuring they remain cost efficient and effective for our service users.

A key objective of this role will be ensuring high levels of service provision are maintained when we move to brand new teaching and research facilities on campus in 2020. Previous experience of involvement in new or refurbished laboratory projects would be advantageous to applicants.

You must have experience in monitoring, evaluating and supervising tasks or processes in a laboratory environment with strong knowledge of controlling workplace hazards. As part of the interview process, you will need to be able to demonstrate your knowledge and application of risk assessments.

Your application must demonstrate, in specific detail:

  • •    A skill level equivalent to achievement of a professional qualification or a degree in a Biology related subject.

  • •    Significant practical and theoretical knowledge of techniques associated with the delivery of practical classes in Biology

  • •    The ability to monitor and maintain excellent service provision with aptitude to identify and fill gaps and shortfalls in a timely fashion.

  • •    Proven experience of developing, planning and progressing work activities relevant to the role e.g. undergraduate practical classes.

  • •    Extensive knowledge to identify gaps in health and safety and quality compliance and implement solutions in a biology based environment.

  • •    The ability to formulate development plans for staff to meet current and future skill needs.


Interviews will be held on 24th June


Informal contact details

Contact role:

Associate Director

Contact name:

James Magee

Contact phone:

0118 378 8729


The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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