skip to content


The Department's buildings are currently open for wet laboratory work only. We have carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and have introduced a number of new measures to ensure the safety of our staff, including reduced building occupancy, strict social distancing, 'family'-based working, and increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. All staff who can work remotely will do so for the foreseeable future. Please continue to contact us by email until further notice.

Department of Biochemistry


An introductory guide to demonstrating practical classes in biochemistry and related areas

Practical laboratory classes are organized through the Biochemistry Department Teaching Lab. This is located in the basement of the Hopkins Building, Welcome Wing. Generally, there are two practicals running simultaneously Monday-Friday throughout term. The timings of these practicals can differ though they often last the full day (with some time for you to grab lunch). The practical organizer will generally ask for a full week's commitment so this can be a large time commitment for a postdoc. However, you will get paid extra for any demonstrating that you undertake, the pay rates change every year but are generally around 18-20 pounds an hour. Remember, you will get taxed on this. The amount paid will be taxed as normal and included in your salary a couple of months after you demonstrate. Often you will not get paid for demonstrating until the end of a term.

Also visit the Department's separate page on this topic: