Behind the scenes of our faculty, forces are acting that are not always noticed. These forces are the staff members who help our researchers and educators perform their jobs and enable the faculty to flourish. Who are these people and what drives them? In this edition we put a spotlight on our people working for the Electronics Department, Fine Mechanical Department and Facility Management.
2800 is the number of students that the laboratory services (CLD) annually provides the practicals for. The students follow academic training ranging from chemistry to medicine development. With four school lab technicians, two laboratory assistants and one volunteer, the CLD, aided by the media kitchen, makes sure that day aft er day the lab requisites are clean, the rooms are tidy, and safety is guaranteed. On the basis of practical manuals the CLD crew makes sure that all necessary chemicals are ready to use: chemical solutions are often readily prepared and quantities are measured to perfection. The teamalso support students during the actual practical. “On practical days, we attend at 8:30 hrs AM; aft er 18:00 hrs PM, we oft en have to ask the last students to leave”, coordinator Richard van den Berg says. “Ther eare times that we serve 650 students at once, divided over labs in three buildings. On those days, we really hit the ground running.”
From career advice to students to ICT in education, and from welcoming international master’s students to student administration:the Science Education and Student Office supports and facilitates the educational organisation of the Faculty of Science. This involves providing services to over 4,200 students in 8 bachelor’s programmes and 14 master’s programmes. The Science Education and Student Office is located at the educational heart of the faculty: in the Gorlaeus Lecture Hall. In 2018, a new desk was opened to
further improve visibility and accessibility for students and staff.
The Electronics Department and the Fine Mechanical Department support experimental research within the institutes of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, the Centre for Drug Research, Leiden Observatory and the Sackler Lab. Experimental research often requires specific functions that are not available in commercial equipment. Both teams consist of highly trained and skilled technicians and engineers. They support our researchers with specific knowledge and experience in (micro) electronics, engineering and production of the development of tailor-made designs or devices.
With great enthusiasm and high standards for hospitality, the employees of the Facility Management facilitate a comfortable, safe and healthy working environment for our staff, students and visitors on a daily basis. They manage the service desks, warehouse and expedition department, are responsible for the administration of chemicals, they offer technical support and maintenance, and take care of the Faculty’s waste flow - not only during office hours, but 24/7, including weekends and holidays. Their work is mostly performed behind the scenes, but it is of great importance for the operational management of our faculty and essential in case of incidents and calamities.