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Departmental Safety Technician - CSO

Applications are invited for the post of Safety Technician in the Department of Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory.

This post will provide the successful post-holder with an exciting opportunity to support research and teaching in one of the world's leading Physics departments. Every week brings an interesting range of tasks and issues related to ground breaking research covering a wide range of physics disciplines.

Working under the direction and with the support of the Departmental Safety Officer (DSO), you will help implement systems to control risks, conduct audits and inspections, monitor statutory inspections, investigate incidents, deal with emergencies and carry out some health and safety training for staff and students. As the department's Chemical Safety Officer, you will be supported by the DSO and the University Safety Office to provide day to day assistance to researchers to ensure compliance with DSEAR, COSHH and hazardous waste regulations.

In addition to the above, you will spend a part of your time as chemistry technician for research groups without their own chemistry specialists, preparing organic and inorganic chemicals to facilitate research work, and supporting students with your knowledge of chemistry.

The successful candidate will have an HNC or degree in Chemistry, experience of working with hazardous substances in a laboratory setting, knowledge of health and safety legislation relating to risks in a research environment, and the ability to work independently as well as in a small team. The candidate will be self-motivated and proactive, and able to communicate in a friendly, clear and professional manner with a wide range of people at the Cavendish including academics, students and visitors. Previous health and safety experience is desirable, but training will be provided and commitment to improving your knowledge and competence in health and safety is essential.

Please ensure that you submit your application by 9am on 27th November 2017.

Interviews will take place on 14th December 2017.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any queries about this vacancy, please contact Saba Alai, Departmental Safety Officer, at or telephone 01223 337397.

Please quote reference KA13820 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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