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Department of Plant Sciences


Gap year job opportunity: Temporary Technician Post


Purpose of the role:

  • To assist with the preparation of Undergraduate practical classes in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.


Key responsibilities:

  • Assist with preparation of laboratory consumables, dispensing solutions and setting up student equipment. 
  • Preparation of plant material for practical classes, grown in the department greenhouse as well at the Plant Growth Facilities located in the Botanic Gardens
  • Setting up class materials and moving equipment; this is at times a physically demanding role.


Person specification:


  • We encourage applications from students taking Biology/Chemistry A levels


  • Able to work both independently as well as part of a team 
  • Essential to have good time management
  • Undertake problem solving
  • Working to strict deadlines 
  • IT skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills


Terms of the role: 

This post is 4 days, 24 hours per week during the 10 week term:

  • 30th September to 6th December
  • 6th January to 15th March

T3 grade 1, £12.14/hour


This post will provide an excellent opportunity for a student aiming to study natural science at university level, experiencing various laboratory techniques and working in a scientific environment.


Please send a cover letter and a copy of your C.V. to Barbara Landamore, Teaching Laboratory Manager, by 24th May.

Interviews commencing from June 10th