GBP 4377 Graduate Technician (Laboratory)

Job Description

We need a team of talented individuals to support our teaching and research, and in training the next generation of top scientists. You will be expected to help promote a culture of care through the implementation of best practices.

Technical Services at the University of Exeter is comprised of STEMM-facing research and teaching technical staff. Whilst all operating in a single service our staff work in a wide range of specialist areas such as, Engineering, Physics, Geology, Mining and Minerals, Renewable Energy, Life and Environmental Science, Sports and Health Science, Medical Sciences and Medical Imaging.                             


Purpose of Role

The purpose of the Graduate Technician is to be an active member of the technical staff, providing hands-on support within the different colleges and environments that Technical Services operates. This includes but is not limited to; husbandry tasks with invertebrates and vertebrates, ancillary and support tasks to assist with good laboratory management, administration to support these activities and the Quality Assurance project group. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Initial duties and responsibilities

Will include undertaking full training in ancillary, husbandry, administration and lab management tasks.

Longer-term duties and responsibilities

Once training is completed, the candidate will quickly progress to being an integral part of technical support for key scientific areas. Tasks will include:

  • Checking and maintaining laboratory resources e.g. stocks of consumable items, first aid boxes etc

  • Assisting in maintaining clean and hygienic laboratory environments or biological services facilities, e.g. cleaning and disinfection of equipment, tanks and animal housing, emptying waste containers and tidying surfaces

  • Providing support for laboratory and project administration, e.g. maintenance of asset and chemical registers, checking equipment, recording bookings

  • Carrying out other duties as required by your line manager, commensurate with the level of the post.

Training and Development opportunities

  • You will be working with Christine Soper (aquarium technician), Natascha Steinberg (lab manager), Chris Guggiari-Peel (lab technician), Steve Haley (Technical Services Business Partner), Charlotte Cook (Project Manager)
  • Candidate will be encouraged to participate in any developmental opportunities relevant to the role.
  • Potential for progression for the right candidate in your company or highlight how the experience can help the intern with their next step
  • The candidate will gain experience in supporting research in Home Office licensed environments and working under a strict ethical and legislative framework. This will be the ideal stepping stone for those wishing to work in either laboratory or fieldwork environments or within the animal technology industry.

Level of Support

The intern will meet their line manager once a week and will be allocated a workplace mentor

Other Benefits, Rewards and Recognition

Flexible working


Having a job that allows you to ‘give something back’ to the community 



Health and wellbeing e.g. eye test



A recent (within the last 3 years) degree from a UK University in a relevant subject (biology, biomedical science, medical science or similar) 

Skills and Understanding

  • Ability to perform standard scientific procedures after appropriate training.

  • Good interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

  • Ability to use common IT software such as Microsoft Word and Excel

Personal Qualities and Attributes

  • Ability to use own initiative

  • Willingness to work as part of a team

  • Willingness to undertake training

  • Attention to detail

    Other Requirements

Right to work in the UK for the duration of the internship.


Key Dates:

Closing Date: 24/06/2018

Interview Date: 02/07/2018

Start Date: 09/07/2018

End Date: 09/07/2019

To apply for this role please complete our internship application which can be downloaded here: Please send your completed form by clicking APPLY NOW