Laboratory Assistant (Teaching Support)

  • Job Reference: GBP 5690
  • Date Posted: 23 September 2021
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Penryn, Cornwall
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Education
  • Job Type: Contract, Internship or Placement
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Work Hours: Part Time

Job Description

Job Summary

A part-time (50%) Laboratory Assistant (Teaching Support) is required at the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus in Cornwall. The role is to support the College of Life & Environmental Sciences Education team working on laboratory classes and field trips. This campus based role is available asap for 12 months and is part of the GBP scheme.

 Job Description and Person Personification 

A Laboratory Assistant (Teaching Support) is required at the University of Exeter in Cornwall.  The role is to provide technical support for the College of Life & Environmental Sciences (CLES) Education team for both laboratory classes and field trips. The role will primarily be based in the CLES Teaching Laboratories in the Daphne Du Maurier building but will entail activities across the entire campus area and occasional travel away from the campus.

Key responsibilities

  1. To support the provision of practical classes and field trips to undergraduates and Masters, including resource development and equipment preparation.
  2. To provide laboratory and field equipment maintenance/servicing under the direction of the lab manager.
  3. Where required, assist in the care and welfare of microorganisms, plants or invertebrates, which may include feeding and watering, assisting in husbandry and maintaining facilities. Training will be provided in the technical requirements.
  4. Assisting with the management of the natural history specimen collection for teaching and widening participation events.
  5. To demonstrate to undergraduate and masters students on a wide variety of laboratory and field-based practicals, including laboratory techniques, IT support and practical field skills.
  6. To complete the ‘Learning to Teach in Higher Education’ LTHE module (unless already achieved).
  7. To provide assistance to module leaders in completing marking for objective undergraduate coursework.
  8. To support the goods in/scientific issuing stores, providing lunch time and holiday cover as needed to ensure continuous service delivery.
  9. Carry out any other duties and projects as required by your Line Manager, commensurate with the level of the post.

Level of Support

The university also offers extensive support to staff, including a structured Professional Development Review and Wellbeing Service plus GBPs are offered 1:1 support from the Internships Team.

Other Benefits, Rewards and Recognition

The University offers a wide range of benefits, rewards and recognition, including generous pension and holiday allowance of 39 days a year. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

Training and Development

The university offers online and in-person learning and development opportunities, including mandatory online training in Prevent Duty - Inclusive, Cohesive and Safe Universities; Equality and Diversity Introduction; Health and Safety Introduction and Information Governance.

Person Specification


  • Graduate from a UK university within the last 3 years
  • Qualified to degree level, preferably in a science subject


  • Ability to perform standard scientific procedures after appropriate training.
  • Ability to create and maintain accurate and detailed records, and standard operating procedures.
  • Understand the requirement for safe methods of work.

Personal Qualities and Attributes 

  • Organised and methodical approach. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, and an ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Ability to prioritise work applying a flexible/ responsive approach to work demands. 
  • Able to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Safety-conscious

GBP Scheme Requirements

  • To be eligible to apply and undertake a GBP role the graduate must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Achieved* (or about to achieve) a full undergraduate degree (or Masters or PhD).
  • Graduated in the UK within the last 3 years of your most recent degree (we will consider extenuating circumstances of potential applicants that may have prevented them from undertaking a graduate role within 3 years of graduation).* Please see above for additional requirements
  • Attended a British university (or spent time studying at a UK university through ERASMUS)
  • The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment which promotes equality of opportunity, values diversity and inclusivity. 
  • The University of Exeter is a Disability Confident Employer, committed attracting and recruiting people with disabilities, and retaining and supporting staff with disabilities. If an applicant declares a disability and meets all the essential criteria, they will be invited to interview.  
  • We welcome applications from all eligible students and in particular those from the following underrepresented groups. Selection and recruitment itself will be entirely on merit alone unless there are multiple applicants demonstrating equal merit. In this clear circumstance, preference would be shown to applicants from under-represented groups. This is in line with lawful positive action measures under sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010.
  • Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the GBP internship evidenced by the ‌Intern Guidance- Proving Right to Work the UK. This can includes British citizens; individuals with an EU Pre-Settlement or EU-Settlement Status; and those with a Graduate Route Visa.
  • Current immigration legislation prevents the University to provide sponsorship certificates for GBP roles, as they do not meet the requirements for a Skilled Worker visa as explained on the International Student Support webpages.
  • All graduates need to reside in the UK whilst undertaking this role.
  • Applicants cannot undertake another GBP role if the contract length in total exceeds the maximum duration of 23 months working as a GBP.

To undertake a GBP role applicants must achieve their degree. In the unlikely scenario where a degree is not awarded, the GBP hours may be reduced to 15hrs a week (for undergraduates) or 6hrs a week (for postgraduates) to enable to the graduand the capacity to successfully complete their degree. If the graduand fails their degree the GBP role will end early.

Key Dates
Closing Date: 6/10/2021
Interview Date: TBC
Start Date: ASAP
End Date: 1 year from date of start

Working hours: 18.25 per week, worked by arrangement

Salary: £19,217 per annum pro rata (£9608.50pa)


To apply for this role please complete our internship application form which can be downloaded here

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