ASCUS Lab Technician

We are delighted to announce a new post of Lab Technician for ASCUS Lab. This is an exciting opportunity to join the core team of this growing organisation and to contribute to the development and delivery of our lab programme as we prepare to launch this space in early 2016.



Reporting to:
Working closely with:

ASCUS Lab Technician
£16,000 pro rata
4 days per week (30hrs) for 8 months
(this is a freelance contract position with possible extension pending funding)
Dr James Howie (Lab Director)
ASCUS Lab Management and community
Working hours flexible based around ASCUS Lab programme of activity (30 hours a week, consisting of working some early evening shifts and occasional Saturdays – approximately once per month)

ASCUS Lab is an exciting and ambitious new project that will see ASCUS Art & Science renovate an old lab at Summerhall bringing it back to life. We are delighted to have received support from the Wellcome Trust through their People Award scheme to fund both this position and the initial stages of developing, setting up and launching this new space.

For this project we are looking for someone with a scientific background and previous lab experience, interested in working in a dynamic and creative environment with a small core team and a team of passionate volunteers, helping us to build and support our ever expanding art-science community. The role of the ASCUS Lab technician will be to work with management in establishing a new independent art-science lab in Edinburgh.

To apply: please submit your CV, and covering letter, articulating your interest in and suitability for the role, addressed to the ASCUS Managing Director, Dr James Howie, to by midnight on the 27th January 2016.

Relevant practical laboratory work experience and a HND/Higher in science is essential for this role

The Lab technician key responsibilities:

– Constructing, maintaining and operating standard laboratory equipment, for example microscopes, centrifuges, titrators, pipetting machines and pH meters;
– Testing and managing repairs of equipment and laboratory apparatus;
– Ensuring the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced;
– Obtaining materials by local purchase;
– Keeping up to date with technical developments, looking at ideas for future development of the lab and – programme;
– Stock taking and organising the storing of chemicals and equipment;
– Ensuring that equipment is properly cleaned by lab users and that chemicals and other materials are appropriately stored;

– Making up solutions, assembling apparatus;
– Trialling practical activities;
– Running demos and lab taster sessions using lab equipment;
– Work with management team in developing lab courses/events/workshops for artists, scientists and the general public;
– Writing reports, reviews and summaries;
– Coordinating work in the laboratory to ensure efficient and appropriate use is made of all equipment;
– Work with lab members in allocating space for ongoing experiments and ensure that all H&S protocol is strictly adhered to;
– Preparing risk assessments and COSHH forms when necessary;
– Liaising with management and members to discuss timetables, equipment requirements and work plans;
– Record keeping, e.g. of training sessions completed by lab members etc;
– Disposing of waste materials in line with ASCUS Lab waste disposal procedures and UK regulations;

– General Laboratory cleaning: bench surfaces and fixed equipment (laboratory sinks, emptying/supervising the emptying of sink traps);
– Supporting the work of management and members during lab programme activities and members sessions, giving technical advice to management and members where necessary;
– Supervise lab activity during lab membership sessions;
– Following and ensuring that all health and safety procedures are understood and followed correctly;
– Preparing equipment and chemicals before courses/workshops/events – over a wide range of lab resources from test tubes, PCR machines, to microscopes;
– Carrying out health and safety checks on laboratories, prep rooms and stores;

– Attend and participate in staff and working group meetings and training as appropriate
– The post holder may be required to assist in other duties in support of other activities as they arise

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