Apprentice Laboratory Technician (Core Laboratory Support) Level 3 University of Liverpool

We are looking to recruit an individual passionate about starting their career as an Apprentice Laboratory (Biological) Technician at the University of Liverpool. You will work within the Institute of Systems, Molecular, and Integrative Biology and gain an understanding of what is involved in a technical career. Must start before September 2024.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Grade 2 (£20,948 to £21,543) You must not be enrolled on another funded apprenticeship/funded higher education. You must be 18 years and older and must have the right of abode and right to work in the UK to qualify for funding to work in the UK.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Support Institute and Departmental core duties:

  • Assist with general housekeeping
  • General tidiness, cleaning, and routine care of laboratories, facilities, and equipment
  • Decontamination of biological waste using the autoclave
  • Disposing of biological material and hazardous waste
  • Change of gas cylinders
    Use of lab equipment including pH meters, dishwashers, water purification machines, and more
    Maintaining supplies of liquid nitrogen, ensuring dewars are topped up, and transporting liquid nitrogen dewars/dispensers for filling
  • Carrying out the cleaning, sterilising of glassware using the glassware washer
  • Laundry of laboratory coats and maintaining adequate stock of clean coats
  • Defrosting of freezers/cleaning of fridges, when necessary
  • Ensuring a constant supply of 70% ethanol/detergent for use in the laboratory
  • Assisting with the cleaning of tissue culture suites including hoods, water baths, work surfaces, shelving, floors, and routine sterilisation of CO2 Incubators
  • Occasionally assist with the preparation of media, if required.
  • Assisting with maintaining stock levels, unpacking deliveries, and restocking shelves to maintain consumables levels within laboratories
  • Assist with the cataloguing of the liquid nitrogen cell freezer database
  • Recycling collection
  • Legionella flushing
  • Timely handling of deliveries, if required
  • Performing any other reasonable duties, as required
  • Skills sets are required to carry out the role
  • Training will be provided to cover the role/duties.

Health and Safety:

  • Assist with carrying out PAT testing, if required
  • Reporting to the technical supervisor/senior technicians for any infringements of laboratory regulations/practices within the institute

Wider Activities and Functions

  • To assist with technical duties in any of the Institute-supported laboratories/sites, if required or requested by the Technical Supervisor/Technical Manager, due to variations in business needs, staff shortages, or re-organisation.
  • To fully engage with the University’s process, by planning and participating in open days, visit days, and outreach activities if required.
  • Participation will include but is not restricted to, the setting up and dismantling of events, giving demonstrations, and acting as a University ambassador giving help and guidance, as required.
  • To engage with the University/Faculty LEAF initiative – to help improve the sustainability and efficiency of laboratories.

Behavioural Expectations

  • Portray a positive “can do” and “make it happen” attitude to enable staff and students to achieve their goals and the Institute to achieve its ambitions
  • A flexible approach to working hours is required
  • Staff operating at this grade have sufficient knowledge to work on day-to-day issues without continuous reference to others
  • They communicate regularly with others to pass on the information and maybe the initial point of contact for enquirers.
  • Staff carries out straightforward tasks to a given plan, which often require gathering information from standard sources or carrying out routine record keeping.
  • The nature of the work requires staff to solve simple problems and make minor decisions relating to the immediate task at hand.

Points to Note

  • The purpose of this job description is to indicate the general level of duties and responsibilities of the post. The detailed duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character or level of responsibility entailed as expected within the role.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Laboratory Technician qualification.
  • Training will be delivered either on-site or block/day release.
  • Location of training - varies from on-site to off-site.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Generally, the Level 3 qualification takes 2 years to complete. You will gain an extra year in employment to help you become attractive in the market. The career progression is based on the choice of the candidate. This can be from naturally applying for a higher grade technical post in the University to as far wide as being competitively attractive to posts in Industry to the NHS. The choice is yours.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Biology or Equivalent) (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Computer Studies or IT (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

The position will require occasional manual handling as part of the housekeeping duties within the role. Please, provide 2x references (email addresses), if possible.

About the employer

We bring cutting-edge research into all areas of biology, at all scales. Our research and teaching uncovers new discoveries in biological and biomedical systems. We're tackling important societal problems, from improving crops to creating new diagnostic tools and therapeutic interventions across many diseases.


University of Liverpool


University of Liverpool

Central Campus

L69 7ZX


Dr Kevin Cham

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Laboratory technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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