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Biology Teaching Technician

£33,579 - £33,579

Job Description

QMUL is looking for 3 Biology Teaching Technician to be based at Mile end site. 

Job context

The post is within the School of Biological & Behavioural Sciences (SBBS), a large, dynamic and expanding School, home to over 90 academic staff, 22 technical staff, 40 postdoctoral researchers and 130 PhD students.

The School has a buoyant undergraduate population recruiting strongly on to our degrees in Biochemistry, Biology, Zoology, Medical Genetics. We also co-deliver programs in Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics with colleagues from the School of Medicine and Dentistry.  All these degrees have a strong emphasis on the development of lab-based practical skills which the Teaching Technician helps to support.

Job purpose

Under the general direction of the Teaching Technician Manager (TTM), the Biology Teaching Technician will work alongside our academic staff to provide an exemplary technical support service to our undergraduate programmes across the breadth of biological and biomedicals sciences and their associated foundation degree modules.

It will be necessary to work flexibly across laboratories as a part of the technical support team.  This teaching technical support  is conducted across multiple modern teaching laboratories on the Mile End site.

Main duties and responsibilities

The responsibilities of the role include:

  • Assisting in the day-to-day support of the Teaching Laboratories and store.

  • Assisting in the preparation, setting-up and day-to-day running of practical classes in the fields of biological and biomedical sciences.  On rare occasions the person may also be asked to reciprocally assist colleagues working in our chemical laboratories to ensure that School wide objectives are met.

  • Working in conjunction with the technical/demonstrating team within the Teaching Laboratories to provide an exemplary technical support service for all practical classes as well as undergraduate research projects.

  • Keeping the teaching laboratories clean and tidy and help the TTM and Senior Teaching Technicians with consumables stock-keeping and equipment inventories.

  • Participating in open days and outreach events as applicable and when required.

  • Providing advice, training and trouble-shooting services to all users of the teaching laboratories.

  • Assisting the Health and Safety co-ordinators in maintaining a positive safety culture in the Teaching Laboratories.

  • Supporting teaching and research needs more generally within the School to ensure high quality technical support is provided. This may involve on occasion working in other laboratories in support of wider School needs for research and teaching.

  • Supporting research project students and research groups in non-teaching period.

  • Supporting the TTM in promoting Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) in the teaching labs.


The above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the jobholder may be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the level of the role, as reasonably requested by their line manager.

This job description accurately reflects the duties and responsibilities of the role at the time the job description was written. These duties and responsibilities may change over time without significantly impacting on the character of the role, the overall level of responsibility, or its grade.

Depending on strategic or operational needs, the jobholder may in the future be required to work for another existing or new organisational unit and/or at a different site within Queen Mary. This may be on a temporary or indefinite basis and may involve a change in line management and / or regularly working at more than one site.






BSc degree in relevant Biological or Biomedical Sciences field or extensive work experience in a related laboratory technician role.


Higher degree e.g.  MSc, PhD in a relevant area

Further vocational qualifications/training in relevant areas e.g. laboratory management, first aid, health & safety.

Relevant Professional Membership e.g. AMRSB, MRSB, AFHEA, FHEA, or registration e.g. RSci, HCPC.


Relevant experience of laboratory-based teaching and/or research in higher or further education.

Experience of Health and Safety procedures in teaching laboratories.

Experience of working to Standard Operations Procedures.

Working knowledge of Health and Safety/COSHH regulations & an understanding of the implications of complying/not complying with health and safety and best practice.

Working understanding of concepts in the fields of biological and biomedical sciences.

Ability to work safely and effectively unsupervised and also as an active team member.

Ability to understand and work within health and safety/COSHH requirements and to communicate issues clearly to colleagues verbally and/or in writing (e.g. via email).

Basic understanding of concepts in the chemical sciences is desirable.

Good interpersonal skills, working with others in a supportive and flexible manner.

Ability to carry out work activities in a logical manner and resolve routine problems independently.

Self motivating, with a willingness & ability to learn new skills/experimental techniques through a culture of learning & continuous personal improvement.

Able to use basic computing software – such as email and internet, Excel and Word or similar packages.


This is an exciting opportunity to join CyberASAP Phase 1.A Project aiming to address Risk Assessment in Transactions under Security Threat.

The financial losses in UK online banking due to fraud annually amount to almost 2 billion pounds. With the losses in online trading due to fake accounts, stolen credentials and information leaks the figure becomes truly astronomical. The design of security solutions requires complex expertise - understanding of the processes within transactional systems under threat, knowledge of potential adversaries and their malicious behaviour, justified choice of suitable tools for detection, neutralization and prevention, and their proper configuration. The need for software for modelling the security infrastructure, estimating the security risks and analyzing the impact of the solutions on security is extremely high due to the complexity of the task and the impossibility of demonstrating the solutions experimentally. this role is for the development of a desktop software application that:

  • Model transactions under security threats.

  • Design of security architecture and behaviour analysis through simulated transactions

  • Calculate the security risks based on parameters of security analytics.

  • Determination of the impact of security infrastructure on risks     


The ideal candidate for the AI/Software Engineer position is a current/graduated AI/Software Engineering PG student who will assist in the market research, analysis and implementation of software (Reinforcement Learning and Visualization algorithms for solving risk assessment tasks under security threats). strong AI and programming skills are required.

A mixed background that combines knowledge from various areas, such as AI, Machine Learning (ML), data science, and software engineering, as well as a deep understanding of the cyber security domain, is highly advantageous.



Current or Awarded MSc in AI or Software Engineering



The ideal candidate for the AI/Software Engineer position is a current/graduated AI/Software Engineering PG student who will assist in the market research, analysis and implementation of software (Reinforcement Learning and Visualization algorithms for solving risk assessment tasks under security threats). strong AI and programming skills are required.

A mixed background that combines knowledge from various areas, such as AI, Machine Learning (ML), data science, and software engineering, as well as a deep understanding of the cyber security domain, is highly advantageous.

Graphic designer needed to design  the following:

  • Evaluation Report (50 pages)

  • Evaluation Report Summary (5 pages)

  • Booklet outlining the impacts of Youth Safety projects  (30 pages)

There are some tables within the Evaluation report, however, most is text. There may be some photos if the local authority (who commissioned the report) allow them.




  • Experience of designing professional reports 

  • Experience in using graphic design software

  • Knowledge of following brand guidelines

  • Ability to work on your own

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines

  • Attention to detail

  • Experience in proof reading

It would be expected that the successful candidate will have access to their own computer and graphic design software packages 

This is a full time role and is therefore not suitable for current students.

Job purpose

•    To ensure provision of a comprehensive high-level front of house service for the Director’s offices. Responsible for room bookings and meetings preparation, including in-house hospitality. 

•    To act as a first point of contact for all visitors and meeting attendees, greeting and/or directing them as appropriate.

•    To perform diverse range of administrative activities that will contribute to the smooth operation of the Director’s office, supporting and shielding the Office Manager and Administrative Officers from unnecessary disruptions.

Main duties and responsibilities

•    To assist with day-to-day activities of the Director's Office:

•    Act as a first point of contact of the Director's Office for visitors, students and staff

•    Responding to queries at the front desk as appropriate

•    Answering the telephone and directing calls as appropriate

•    Main point of contact for room bookings, ensuring that the meeting rooms are prepared for the meetings as required

•    To arrange hospitality for all Boardroom bookings and for visitors as required

•    To ensure that the reception area is tidy and presentable at all times

•    Maintain stock of relevant information, prospectuses and guides and ensure display stands are regularly updated

•    Sorting out incoming mail, accepting deliveries and distributing them as appropriate

•    Reporting (and follow through) any maintenance issues to Estates department

•    Overseeing and maintaining all supplies for the Director's Office (i.e. stationery, water, tea/coffee/milk and other catering supplies, etc.) 

•    Assuring that all equipment is being serviced and maintained as required

•    Assisting with events preparation

•    Routine updating of existing databases

•    Circulating information from the Director's office to all members of staff as assigned by Office Manager, via intranet or e-mail

•    Preparing, printing and collating relevant paperwork as required by the Office Manager or Administrative Officers

•    Preparing invoices and credit card statements/receipts for further processing by the Administrative Officers and following up any outstanding enquiries/issues as needed

•    Scanning, photocopying, shredding or filing of paperwork as required

•    To assist the Academic Coordinator and Assistant Manager in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activity, including preparing course materials, as required

•    Any other ad hoc administrative tasks (scheduling meetings, travel arrangement, credit control, petty cash, invoicing)


The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is committed to an action plan that supports the cultivation of a diverse and nurturing staff and student community, at the heart of which sits the commitment to equality of opportunity and equity in our processes and structures. It is the expectation of all staff that they undertake citizenship responsibilities within the Faculty. As part of the appraisal and probation process, your line manager will discuss the expectations of you to lead or participate in citizenship projects/initiatives as set out in the Faculty’s EDI Strategy. These responsibilities will be commensurate with the seniority of the role and the expertise and experience of the individual.



Good standard of education (GCSEs or equivalent - Grade C or above), demonstrating numeracy and literacy

Educated to A level, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent standard




  • Experience of customer service

  • Experience of working in higher education or NHS

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Email and the Internet

  • Good written, verbal and numeracy skills

  • Good organisational skills

  • Prioritise prescribed tasks and complete them according to deadlines



  • Flexible and co-operative approach to colleagues

  • Friendly, positive disposition

  • Good team member


  • *The ability to meet UK ‘right to work’ requirements.