INSTITUTE OF CANCER Centre for Cancer and Inflammation LABORATORY MANAGER The position of Laboratory Manager is available within the Institute of Cancer, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and will be based in the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation at Charterhouse Square. This position offers a challenging range of responsibilities and the opportunity to develop a career in laboratory management. Duties include responsibilities for financial planning and control, including consumables/equipment purchasing, technical management, maintaining an overview of accommodation status and requirements within the Centre, co-ordinating personnel, safety and training activities within the Centre, including acting as the Centre’s Safety Advisor. Other duties include day to day supervision of junior technical staff. Applicants should have a strong background in laboratory research (ideally with formal qualifications at degree level or equivalent) with good organisational, communication, management, financial and interpersonal skills. Applicants should have experience of laboratory management and strong IT skills. This is a full-time, permanent appointment. Starting salary will be in the range £33,492-£39,430 per annum inclusive of London Allowance depending on experience. The benefits package for this post includes 30 days leave plus 4 College closure days, flexible working hours, childcare vouchers scheme, contributory final salary pension scheme and an interest free season ticket loan. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme. Informal enquiries about this post, including arrangements to visit the Institute/Centre, can be made to Carol See (email email@example.com or tel: 020 7882 3587) Details about the Institute of Cancer, can be found on www.school.qmul.ac.uk. Further details and an application form can be found at www.hr.qmul.ac.uk/vacancies. Completed application forms, quoting 09486/MB, should be returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Charterhouse Square Recruitment, Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, c/o SMD Management Offices, The Lodge House, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6BQ. The deadline for return of completed applications is 12 noon (GMT) on 11th January 2010. Interviews will take place on the week commencing 25th January 2010. Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality
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Laboratory Manager Institute of Cancer Cancer and Inflammation 5 Technical Services £33,492 - £39,430 per annum (inclusive of London Allowance) 35 hours per week Indefinite Principal Laboratory Manager Prof Fran Balkwill (Centre Lead) Prof. Fran Balkwill (Centre Lead) Dr Thorsten Hageman (Clinical Senior Lecturer) Currently based at Charterhouse Square Campus although the postholder may be required to move to another of the School’s sites should the need arise. The postholder may also be required to carry out duties on other College/Hospital sites.
Job Purpose To effect the efficient running of the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation, with support, as necessary, from the Institute’s Principal Laboratory Manager. To provide technical and administrative support of the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation. Some responsibility for the welfare and general duties of the centre’s other technical staff. To work as part of the Institute’s research and administrative team, being mutually supportive and covering duties as necessary during colleagues’ absences and at times of additional pressure, as directed.
Main Responsibilities Specific Duties 1. Overall responsibility for the operation, maintenance and day to day running of the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation, with direction from the Institute’s Principal Laboratory Manager, as necessary. This may include provision of technical support for research projects as directed by the academic staff. 2. Responsible for monitoring, maintenance and expenditure of budgets held in both Cancer Research UK and Queen Mary University of London. 3. The postholder will act as the Centre of Cancer and Inflammation’s Safety Officer, overseeing and ensuring compliance with local and statutory Health and Safety policies and procedures. 4. Supervision and training of the technical staff within the Centre. 5. Assist in the recruitment of technical and other staff, completing the paperwork as required. 6. To liaise with the Centre Lead and the Institute & CR-UK Clinical Centre Manager, as appropriate.
7. Induction of all new members of staff and students in the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation, particularly with regard to laboratory and animal experimentation policies and procedures. General Duties 8. Maintaining the efficient running of the Centre of Cancer and Inflammation laboratories, including ordering consumables and maintenance of equipment. 9. With the Centre Lead and Principal Laboratory Manager, prepare and supervise budgets for the Centre of Cancer and Inflammation to include: regular monitoring of budget performance monitoring compliance with financial polices and procedures for all activities (dealing with suppliers, invoicing procedures, petty cash and travel expenses) 10. With the Principal Laboratory Manager, be involved in negotiating and purchasing of new equipment and maintenance contracts for the Centre of Cancer and Inflammation. 11. Under direction of the Principal Laboratory Manager, the post holder will be expected to contribute to both small and large capital building projects that will involve forward planning for space and equipment needs. 12. To act as general safety officer for the Centre of Cancer and Inflammation and liaise with CR-UK, College and Trust Safety Offices. Other 13. The post-holder will be expected to ensure they are fully aware of and comply with the College’s/Trust’s policies and procedures in relation to confidentiality, health and safety at work, COSHH regulations, infection control, safe handling of drugs, and all local safety rules regarding fire, chemical, radioisotope and gene manipulation hazards. 14. The postholder must at all times carry out their responsibilities with due regard to the College's Equal Opportunities policy. 15. The duties of the post outlined above are not exhaustive, and the postholder will be expected to be co-operative and flexible, undertaking such administrative and other duties as may from time to time be reasonably expected of a member of research grade staff in a university. 16. These duties will be subject to review in line with the changing requirements of the Centre, Institute, School or College, and with the development needs of the postholder as identified through regular review/appraisal processes. This job description sets out the duties of the post at the time it was drawn up. Such duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or level of responsibility entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot of themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post. Decision Making Judgements involving some complex facts or situations e.g., financial, human resources, health and safety, that will impact on the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation. Judgements on the health and safety of laboratory staff and on whether particular experiments comply with the relevant policies and procedures (biological, chemical and radiation). To provide advice and guidance on QMUL and CR-UK Policies in relation to specific areas - purchasing, human resources, health and safety.
Working Relationships & Contacts To work as part of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, scientists, administrators and support staff, developing good working relationships within the team, to establish and maintain excellent communication links. These include: o Centre Lead o Principal Laboratory Manager
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Institute and CR-UK Clinical Centre Manager Group Leaders and Principal Investigators Technical staff
To liaise with the Principal Laboratory Manager in dealing with CR-UK, the College and the NHS Trust to prevent and/or solve any problems related to the utilisation and day to day running of the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation and some CR-UK Clinical Centre core facilities. Receive, provide and present information to a staff/students/peers within the Centre, Institute, SMD and NHS Trust. To review progress with the Centre Lead of Cancer and Inflammation at least weekly or more often if necessary.
Dimensions Laboratory management for a small Centre (Cancer and Inflammation has 20 personnel) Financial oversight for the Centre for Cancer and Inflammation (around £1m annual expenditure; around 15 grants) Supervision and involvement in the welfare of all technical staff in the Centre, in conjunction with the Institute’s Principal Laboratory Manager See attached
Person Specification Essential requirements Graduate in biological sciences or equivalent technical qualification Experience of laboratory management Experience of staff supervision A good understanding of research and the research process. Ability to work independently without reference to a supervisor. Sound knowledge of laboratory safety Excellent interpersonal skills. Good Computer/IT skills Pragmatic problem solver Good team member Self-motivated Willingness to work on different sites Flexible and cooperative Desirable requirements Postgraduate degree or equivalent Experience of laboratory space/project management Experience of capital building projects Experience of major equipment procurement NEBOSH qualified (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health)
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