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Insect and Animal Biology Technician

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £29,619 to £34,308 pro rata
Closing Date:   Wednesday 30 November 2022
Interview Date:   Tuesday 13 December 2022
Reference:  1176-22

Contract: Part time (15 hrs/wk) indefinite

The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is seeking to appoint a part time experienced Insect and Animal Biology Technician. This is a career grade post, with progression to the higher-grade dependent on the attainment of specific training and skills.

The successful candidate will provide technical and practical expertise to the Insect and Animal Ecology Research group to support teaching and research. By applying refined technical skills, you will train students and staff, manage operational aspects of the facilities, and ensure adherence to relevant regulations and good working practices. You will also curate the specimen archive and oversee its preparation and use for outreach activities and projects. The successful candidates will have:

  • Practical experience managing an Ecology or Biology Laboratory.
  • Excellent time management and attention to detail.
  • Experience of microscopy and supporting ecology-based fieldwork.
  • Experience of curating and digitising a specimen archive.
  • The ability to provide advice and training to others.
  • The ability to ensure compliance with appropriate legislation.

Lancaster University is among the best in the UK and is an accredited Athena Swan institution. The University is a signatory to the Technicians’ Commitment, and we encourage applications from people in all diversity groups. LEC is the largest department in the University. It holds an Athena Swan Bronze award and scored 86% for student satisfaction in the recent National Student Survey. We are ranked 5th in the UK for research power, with 96% of research rated “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. 

LEC’s staff, students and visitors come from around the globe, and as a department, LEC highly values diversity. It is dedicated to tackling all barriers and challenges to equal and fair participation in higher education and research. We are a collegiate department and are dedicated to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. 

What to include in each section of your application? 

Cover letter: Please cover each of the essential criteria requested in the Personal Specification that is listed as being scored via “Application Form”. Discuss why you are interested in this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will help you achieve those goals. Please also describe the skills you have developed that are relevant to this post and tell us about any skills you want to develop further.  

CV: Please include the following sections: Education history; Professional experience/Employment history; Areas of expertise/Skills; Career development (e.g., training courses or workshops). 

Supporting Statements: Please provide a supporting statement for each criterium in the Personal Specification document that is listed as being scored via “Supporting Statements”. This should include examples that provide evidence of your experience and expertise. 

Referees: Contact information for at least two referees. 

Please contact Dr Annette Ryan (, Head of LEC Technical Services, with any questions, or for an informal discussion about the role.

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