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Apprentice Laboratory Technician

17,349 per year
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The Department of Biology is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world-leading research centres. As a signatory of the Science Council’s Technician Commitment, the University of York strongly supports technical career development. Part of this programme is the drive to recruit new talent into the technical profession in higher education. The University is offering an apprenticeship programme that will provide a unique opportunity to join the University of York and undertake a nationally recognised qualification whilst working in a challenging and exciting sector.


This is an exciting opportunity to work in the Department of Biology at the University of York, which deliver first-class teaching and research, from cancer research to bio-renewable energy from plants.

The apprenticeship scheme provides a perfect way to earn a wage while gaining vital work experience within a work environment and studying for Laboratory Technician Level 3. The course will be a day-release where you will be given one day per week to carry out your studies. It is an ideal starting point for those who wish to start a career as a technician, either in support or research.

You will learn, assist, and work as part of the biology technical support teams, primarily the Biology Infrastructure Team, providing an autoclaving and glass wash service, monitoring and maintaining a breadth of different technical equipment, learning how research and teaching laboratories operate, health and safety, and become proficient in relevant IT software. 

The post is part of a larger team of technical staff supporting the Department.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • GCSE Maths and GCSE English
  • Active listening and verbal communication skills for effective interaction with all team members
  • Taking an active part in a team, helping colleagues as required to ensure tasks are completed on time and to required standards
  • Willingness to attend college on a day release basis, starting September 2022
  • Willingness to learn, gain knowledge and acquire the relevant skills

Interview date: To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact a member of the Biology Operations Team: Lucy Hudson on 01904 328745 or James Fox on 01904 328521

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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