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Health and Safety Adviser (Biosafety)

Salary range £31,498 to £39,729 per annum depending on experience 

This post is for a period of 18 months in the first instance 

Campus Health and Safety act as a conduit across the Campus for the continuous improvement of health and safety standards and related disciplines through advising, coaching and influencing management and their teams.  The primary objective of the Health and Safety adviser is to support the scientific faculty and operations managers’ and their teams, which will include providing competent, pragmatic advice in the preparation of procedures and risk assessments, particularly in the area of biosafety, delivering appropriate training and ensuring processes are continually improved through a proactive monitoring programme. 

Given the diverse nature of Campus activities this role will have responsibility for a wide range of complex and routine health and safety casework, including the investigation of injury and non-injury events and occupational health concerns.  Other relevant expertise therefore is highly desirable. 


Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Experience of working in a laboratory-based role with some health and safety responsibilities e.g. Safety Representative, Laboratory Manager, etc.
  • Educated to QAA Level 4/5 or equivalent in a biological science subject
  • Competent user of Information Technology in an office environment
  • Pragmatic, can-do attitude with a high level of oral and written communication skills to be able to convey complex information in simple terms and to listen, analyse and respond effectively to complex and difficult situations
  • Good interpersonal skills with an ability to interact and influence staff at all levels
  • Experience and proficiency to engage an audience when delivering training sessions
  • Proven proficiency to plan and prioritise work with the minimum of supervision working independently, or as part of a team
  • Experience of undertaking multiple tasks whilst prioritising according to need
  • Experience of challenging behaviours and culture whilst establishing a cooperative and collaborative working environment
  • Ability to work with and influence people at all levels, adapting advice according to target audience

Ideal Skills

  • Educated to QAA level 6 or equivalent in an appropriate biological science
  • Practical laboratory experience in molecular biology strategies and techniques gained in an academic or industrial setting
  • Vocational qualification in biosafety such as the ISTR Biosafety Practioner level 1 or equivalent
  • NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health or equivalent qualification
  • Technician Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health or an equivalent professional organisation with an active CPD programme
  • Operational health and safety expertise in more than one area or speciality
  • Capability to development new training material that’s fit for purpose
  • Demonstrable experience in a tactical health and safety role

Other information

The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease. We use state of the art large-scale genomic approaches to drive world-leading projects to uncover the basis of genetic and infectious disease. Our goal is to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens.

The Institute is located near Cambridge, UK on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. This growing and dynamic site is the British hub of genomic science. It hosts the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Open Targets, a Biodata Innovation Centre and the Genomics England Limited’s 100,000 Genomes Sequencing Centre. The Campus is also home to Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation and supports learning by drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Campus. Its mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

To help researchers to develop their skills and networks, the Institute hosts a range of scientific seminars with internal and invited speakers, scientific group meetings and skills development workshops.

Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

Please include a cover letter with your application.

Closing date for applications: 8th October 2017