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Technical Manager - Microbiology
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF33455

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 23/09/2020

Job live date: 24/08/2020

Salary: £30,942 - £35,845

Employment type: PM-Other Related

Department: Technical Services

Division: Not specified

Hours per week: 35

Employment Basis/Type: Full time, Permanent

Technical Services at the University of Reading seeks an experienced, proactive manager with significant theoretical and practical knowledge in Microbiology to lead and manage teaching and research services.

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 5 microbiologists and work in close collaboration with a fellow Microbiology Technical Manager (team of 3) improving our overall flexibility and resilience.

You will be responsible for the planning and directing of resources, training and staff development within the Microbiology division and contribute to the overall success of 3 other life sciences based divisions within Cluster 1. Working with 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.

Your application must demonstrate, in specific detail, how you meet the following essential criteria:

  • A skill level equivalent to achievement of a professional qualification or a degree in a Microbiology related subject.
  • Significant practical and theoretical knowledge of techniques associated with the delivery of practical classes in Microbiology.
  • 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. timetabling and practical class scheduling.
  • Extensive knowledge to identify gaps in health and safety and quality compliance and implement solutions in a microbiology based environment.
  • The ability to for formulate development plans for own staff to meet current and future skill needs.

Interview date 2nd October 2020 

Informal contact details: James Magee, Associate Director (, 0118 378 8729) ​​​​​​​

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. 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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