Senior Safety Technician

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The Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN) is seeking a Senior Safety Technician to support the Department's compliance with the University's health and safety requirements. PDN is a large, welcoming, and inclusive Department with an exceptional international record in teaching and research.

This is a new role that has been created in the departmental safety team comprising the Health & Safety Coordinator, Facilities & Operations Manager, Departmental Administrator, Head of Department, and other academic staff with responsibilities for health and safety

Reporting to the Health & Safety Coordinator, the Senior Safety Technician will perform a range of technical and administrative duties and provide advice and guidance to support a safe working environment in the Department, which is mostly housed in the Anatomy and the Physiology Buildings on the Downing Site.

You will be educated to at least A Level standard or equivalent or possess a comparable level of practical experience. While training will be provided, experience of working in a laboratory environment is essential. The successful candidate will be highly organised, computer literate, and able to work flexibly and in support of team members. Good communication and people skills are also prerequisites for the role, which involves interacting with a wide range of stakeholders in the Department, and proactively building networks of staff working in similar roles across the School of Biological Sciences.

The position is offered on a permanent, full-time basis, though we also welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working (minimum 28 hpw) or other flexible working arrangements.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Karen Whitehead, Health & Safety Coordinator,


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On the online form, in the suitability for the role section, you should explain the reasons for your application and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. The full contact details for two professional referees should be provided; please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage, unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 7 January 2024. Interviews will take place shortly after the closing date.

Please quote reference PM39381 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience particularly welcomes applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented in our department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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