Head of Technical Services
Queen’s University Belfast
United Kingdom

Queen’s University Belfast

Head of Technical Services                     

Ref: 19/107615

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 4,200 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.


Applications are invited for the full-time, permanent role of Head of Technical Services in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with a strong technical background, good people skills and experience of managing a team to make a real contribution to the School’s achievement of education and research goals.  


The successful candidate will provide leadership for the technical team consisting of ten team members across different technical skills, including but not limited to instrumentation, analysis, teaching support, glassblowing and mechanical and electronic services.  Your team will continue to deliver operational excellence as they support academic staff and students across a range of activities including Teaching Laboratories, Analytical Services and Technical Services.  

You will be accountable for staff development amongst the technical staff.  


In addition, as a core member of the School’s senior leadership team, you will play an important part in strategic planning, including advising the Head of School and senior colleagues on technical matters.  


You will be expected to network extensively and to keep up to date with new and emerging technologies.


The successful candidate must have:


•  Academic or vocational qualifications (e.g. HND/HNC, NVQ 4, or equivalent standard) in a relevant subject, plus typically 5 years recent relevant experience in technical/scientific roles;

•  Experience in people management – demonstrable ability to develop high performing teams /key talent.

•  Delivering/overseeing technical training

•  3+ years of experience in operating and maintaining major scientific analytical equipment eg SEM, Powder or Single Crystal XRD, TOF-MS, NMR, HPLC-MS, GC-MS, ICP-MS, TEM, BET, etc. 

•  Well-developed understanding of Health and Safety regulations and procedures including COSHH and risk assessment and the implications of non-compliance on other users


Further information about the School can be found at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofChemistryandChemicalEngineering/


Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 7 August 2019


Salary scale:   £33,199 to £39,610 per annum (potential to progress to £43,266 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution).


Closing date: Monday 29th July 2019


For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply. You must clearly demonstrate how you are meeting the criteria on your application form OR CV and/or covering letter. For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on resourcing@qub.ac.uk


The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability.



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