This internationally renowned postgraduate medical school seeks to recruit an individual
within Estates to support its Laboratory Services. This important post will be at the
forefront of maintaining environmental control within lab containment facilities . The
ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge of working in a research institution
within a control systems role, should hold a recognised electrical or mechanical
engineering/controls qualification, and be able to demonstrate a practical “hands on” role
with dealing with any day to day reactive maintenance issues.
Salary will be on the professional support pathway Grade 6 scale £35,194 to £39,988 per
annum, commensurate with the duties of this post. There is also a generous holiday
allowance, pension scheme, interest free season ticket loan and access to sports and social
Applications should be made on-line via our website at
The reference for this post is CO4. Applications should also include a CV and the names
and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Closing
date for applications is Friday 4 September 2009. Any queries regarding the application
process may be addressed to Please quote reference CO4. For
further information about the School visit
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is an equal opportunities employer.
The LSHTM is Britain’s national school of public health with a significant rôle in
Europe, and a world-wide reputation in tropical medicine and international public health.
The School’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of health worldwide
through the pursuit of excellence in research, postgraduate teaching and advanced
training in national and international public health and tropical medicine, and through
informing policy and practice in these areas.
The School provides a national and international focus for collaboration in
teaching and research where clinical, population, laboratory and social sciences are
integrated to address the broad issues of health. The strength of these disciplines,
combined in a single institution and tightly linked by a common mission, creates a unique
multidisciplinary environment for teaching, training and research. The School’s turnover
is £79.5 million per annum, of which £48 million million is research income, the School
employs over 1200 staff, and there are 3000 postgraduate students following taught
courses or undertaking research training. The School has expanded rapidly.
The world-class nature of the School’s research was confirmed recently in the
UK’s Research Assessment Exercise, a government review to grade research produced by
UK Universities. Of 160 institutions, the School’s research was ranked third highest.
The School’s research laboratories are of two types, Containment level II (Cat II)
and the environmentally controlled Containment level III (Cat III) laboratories. These
more specialized laboratories are those dealing with research work on pathogens such as
TB. All the research laboratories are in one academic department, the Department of
Infectious and Tropical Diseases (ITD) and are situated in the School’s main building in
Keppel Street. The department has a Laboratory Services Manager who is responsible
for the day-to-day operation of the laboratories. This post will be a key contact for the
Laboratory Services Engineer.
A specialized suite of Cat III facilities is undergoing a £10m refurbishment
scheduled for completion in April 2009. A further CAT III suite was refurbished in
2.7. To maintain research excellence, and to sustain expansion, the School requires a
dedicated Engineer to ensure that the facilities including all related plant and equipment
are appropriately provided, maintained and functional.
2.8. An infrastructure survey of the Keppel St building to assess condition of each
element of infrastructure (mechanical and electrical) was completed in 2008. Large parts
of the Keppel St infrastructure will need replacing in the next 3-5 years and the School
will be undertaking feasibility studies to take forward.
The Laboratory Services Engineer will be part of the Estates Team. Under the
direction of the Estates Manager, the Laboratory Services Engineer will act as the main
contact for the efficient maintenance and operation of the specialised Containment level
III (Cat III) laboratories and all other laboratories. The postholder will be expected to
work closely with the ITD laboratory manager in ensuring efficient maintenance and
operation of the specialised Cat III laboratories and all other laboratories
The postholder will be responsible for ensuring that all Laboratories are operational in
accordance with the needs of the Department which will include providing regular
maintenance and servicing of all plant in accordance with relevant statutory requirements.
Given the demands of the respective laboratories, it is likely that the work will be
dominated by supporting Cat III facilities and that these will remain the priority.
The specific duties of the post are given below.
To be the day to day contact within Estates for any maintenance and operational
issues relating to the main plant, services and controls that serve Cat III laboratory and
other laboratory facilities. This will include:
Being responsible for the planned preventative maintenance contracts for any of
the relevant plant, services and controls, including monitoring of performance;
Fault finding, reporting and ensuring appropriate repairs and corrective
maintenance of plant, systems and laboratory equipment and to undertake repairs
wherever possible.
Responding promptly to any faults or disruption of services reported by ITD,
ensuring appropriate corrective action is taken.
To respond to requests from the ITD laboratory services manager and undertake
routine repairs, preventative maintenance or in-house technical adjustment to
specialist / dedicated laboratory equipment such as autoclaves etc.
Providing day-to-day interface between Estates and ITD via the Laboratory
Services Manager on any laboratory related issues.
To be responsible for the management of the School’s BMS systems. To include:
Being responsible for the operation, maintenance and monitoring of Building
Management Systems serving lab freezers, coldrooms, electrical and mechanical
building services and process plant.
To be first point of contact for out of hours BMS call-outs related to school /
laboratory plant & containment control systems.
Fault finding, reporting and corrective maintenance of systems and
Monitoring, testing and reporting duties, as required by the statutory
regulation and Authorities.
Management of any extension of the existing system or new building control
system installations.
To carry out the duties, the postholder will be required to liaise effectively
School-wide. This will include:
Liaison with other technical staff within Estates
Liaison with academic staff, Laboratory Services Manager, Departmental
Administrators, estates staff and administrative staff to ensure that any works are
carried out in a manner which minimises disruption;
Providing regular information and advice to Laboratory Services Manager and
other key contacts on advanced shut downs, and essential maintenance;
Liaison with the Building Contracts Manager, and the Maintenance Supervisor on
all aspects of building works in so far as they impact on the existing building
operation and services.
Liaison and supervision of external contractors, service engineers and
suppliers. Meeting as necessary to agree schedule of work, provide quotations,
review performance.
Liaison with the Safety Manager to ensure that all work is carried out in a safe
To play an active role in project work, which may include laboratory
refurbishment and long term development of the building control system installations and
the School’s infrastructure improvements.
To be responsible for the day-to-day contract administration of laboratory related
services support This will include: contract performance monitoring, invoicing,
processing invoices for payment, monitoring expenditure, assisting the Estates Manager
in budget planning including for future capital expenditure.
To be part of the out-of-hours on-call rota, including emergency work outside
normal working hours.
Other duties, as may reasonably be required by the Estates Manager.
Essential Requirements
Proven successful relevant experience in a laboratory Engineer /Controls systems
role in a research institution.
Hold a recognised electrical or mechanical engineering/ controls qualification.
( c)
Successful experience of managing BMS such as Trend system and Sigma.
Demonstrable experience of practical fault diagnosis, maintenance & repair of
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills including the
ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all
Proven ability to cope with a significant workload under pressure
Experience in chairing complex project meetings with internal and external
Expertise/knowledge of commercially available systems and equipment to assist
in the role
Able to organise and prioritise own work load, delegating to the team when
Able to demonstrate considerable personal initiative
Desirable Requirements
Knowledge of health and safety issues in a working environment,
Proven successful experience of administering budgets.
( c)
Experience of working in a research institution
This appointment will be subject to a probationary period of six months. Salary will be
on the professional support pathway Grade 6 scale £35,194 to £39,988 per annum,
commensurate with the duties of this post. There is also a generous holiday allowance,
pension scheme, interest free season ticket loan and access to sports and social facilities.
We encourage you to apply for this post online via our website at
The closing date is Friday 4 September 2009 and the reference for this post is CO4.
Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until midnight of the
closing date. If you are unable to apply online, please contact us at or
telephone 0207 927 2173.
The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and
training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs
addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection
process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will
not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will
not be considered acceptable.
Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it
may not be possible to offer you an alternative date. Interviews are likely to be held
week commencing 21 September 2009.
Further information on the School (including Annual Report) can be obtained from the
internet site: