Sarah has worked as a Research Laboratory Technician at Aston University for 4 years.
Her role includes maintaining the lab, inducting new members of the team into the lab, ensuring Health and Safety is adhered to and running experiments. She sees the variety of the job as what motivates her as a technician.
"I really like working in the lab. I like the attention to detail that's needed. The role is very dynamic and varied which suits me and the Unviersity environment is great. If I worked in industry I might not have the wide and varied role I have here."
Sarah didn't always intend to become a Technician, but after completing her BSc she started to apply for industry jobs and then completed a MSc at Aston to improve her employability. This led to being offered a role in the school of Life and Health Sciences, and then moving to the newly created Aston Medical School.
Of course, there is something else Universities can offer that industry can't/ "It's really nice to work with the students. I enjoy teaching some of my lab skills to the undergraduate and PhD students from basic H&S to techniques like how to pipette and some molecular biology techniques."
Sarah also says that working with students has been some of the work she has been most proud of when working at the University.
"One of my favourite moments was helping a recently graduated student who was on placement with us and was trying to get employment as a lab technician or industrial placement. she came to the lab to get some wet lab experience - I was mentoring and training her in the skills I have and she then became very good at some of the techniques to the point I could jusy hand over that particular job to her. At the end of it she managed to get employment with the University and is here working as a technician."
And what keeps her at Aston?
"A lot of things. Working here also offers me opportunities I wouldn't get elsewhere. I am currently completing both my PhD in Preeclampsia, working towards accreditation as a Research Scientist, and studying the ILM 3 Leadership and Management. I will be the main technician for the Medical School when the first students arrive in September 2018, and my role will be to help support the medical students on placement."Jiteen Ahmed What is Aston doing?