UCL Career Frameworks


Education - Grade 5

Example job roles: Assistant Technician, Technician

Level: Developing/Skilled 


Activities and responsibilities likely to be required when working at this level

Health & Safety responsibilities

  • Report faults or damage to equipment or infrastructure and assist with simple maintenance tasks
  • Promote and follow safe working practices
  • Understand and follow safety paperwork, with the ability to identify and report hazards
  • Conduct routine compliance tasks
  • Maintain good housekeeping, assisting with waste disposal procedures and cleaning activities

Core responsibilities

  • Contribute to meetings
  • Make suggestions to improve the service
  • Contribute to and support change
  • Assist with stock control and stores operations
  • Assist with record keeping, inventory and asset management 
  • Conduct manual handling of instruments and equipment 
  • With a high level of accuracy, prepare routine reagents and materials adhering to standard operating procedures where necessary
  • Operate simple equipment following instruction or standard operating procedures and interpret simple results 
  • Assist with calibration and testing of instruments/equipment, following instructions and standard operating procedures
  • Organise laboratory spaces in preparation of scheduled activities
  • Set up and operate equipment following well-established procedures
  • Provide basic demonstrations and support to students in the laboratory space ensuring safe working practices are explained and used 
  • Assist with the induction of new staff
  • Assist academic staff with the preparation of lecture demonstration 
  • Assist with preparation and running of outreach events for schools and colleges
  • Contribute to and support Laboratory Efficient Assessment Framework (LEAF) award application

Personal and professional development

Development options to consider when working towards this level

Learning on the job

  • Take responsibility for the delivery of events e.g. external events and open days
  • Under close supervision, begin to take responsibility for delivery of a module including procurement of simple consumables
  • Liaise with important stakeholders e.g., senior members of the team and students 
  • Develop an understanding of essential processes and procedures under supervision of management

Learning from others  

  • Shadow senior members of the team in the working environment
  • Expand knowledge of other classes do not come under the current remit
  • Join a Community of Practice

Formal learning

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – Advance HE via UCL Arena Centre
  • Attend Health and safety training
  • Accreditation/certification from a recognised professional body

Transferable skills and competencies

UCL uses the Universal Competency Framework (UCF) to discuss transferable skills. Find out more details on the framework.

Applying expertise and technology

  • Applying technical expertise.
  • Building technical expertise.
  • Sharing expertise.
  • Using technology resources.
  • Demonstrating physical and manual skills.
  • Demonstrating cross-functional awareness.
  • Demonstrating spatial awareness.

Presenting and communicating information

  • Speaking fluently
  • Explaining concepts and opinions
  • Articulating key points of an argument. Presenting and public speaking
  • Projecting credibility
  • Responding to an audience

Learning and researching

  • Learning quickly
  • Gathering information
  • Thinking quickly
  • Encouraging and supporting organisational learning
  • Managing knowledge

UCL Ways of Working

These describe expected behaviours in line with UCL culture and values.  For Ways of Working indicators and steps to development please refer to the Ways of Working website

4 January 2024

Career Pathway roles are indicative and are not intended to be a description of the role in terms of responsibilty and duties.