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Science and Research

Science Technician / Lab Technician – Biology

£19382 - £19782 per annum

Job Title: Science Technician – Biology

Location: Hulme, Manchester

Salary: £19,382 – £19,782 per annum, pro-rata (Actual £16,165 – £16,499)

Position: Permanent, Term Time only

Closing Date: Monday 8th March

The Sixth Form College is located in Hulme, a mile south of the centre of Manchester and very close to Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan University, with excellent transport links. It is a part of an international network of Catholic schools and colleges.

Purpose of the role:

To work as part of a team to deliver practical equipment and materials for a department, so that staff and students can carry out practical work efficiently, accurately and safely.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Delivering materials for whole class practicals and demonstrations, including those required by the subject’s practical endorsement
  • Managing the departmental practical timetable and coordinating the delivery of experiments as specified in the scheme of work
  • Preparing solutions and chemicals for student use
  • Maintaining excellent housekeeping standards within the prep room
  • Ensuring the safe custody of chemicals and equipment within the science department, maintaining records of stock and ensuring the accurate and clear labelling of chemicals
  • Disposing of biohazardous and chemical waste correctly
  • Using published data sheets and guidance to carry out risk assessments for all practical activities
  • Preparing orders for scientific equipment and chemicals
  • Handling dissection materials, including locusts, rats, frogs, mammalian organs and fish heads
  • Caring for animals and plants kept for observation or experiment
  • Checking that all the safety equipment in the teaching laboratories are present in sufficient quantity, in-date and fit for purpose
  • Identifying apparatus for maintenance and repair through regular checks of laboratory equipment, models and visual aids
  • Providing technical advice within own area of expertise to teachers and students
  • Creating new experiments and developing existing activities in conjunction with teaching staff within the department
  • Assisting in the delivery of extracurricular and marketing events such as Science Club, outreach masterclasses and Taster Days
  • Helping other members of the science technician team
  • Assisting the Head/Assistant Head of Department in the planning and timetabling of practicals
  • Working alongside the Head/Assistant Head of Department to complete departmental administration tasks
  • Preparing paper and electronic copies of technician notes, risk assessments, timetables and equipment lists and service records
  • Accompanying teaching staff on field trips (sometimes residential), day visits to museums, universities and industrial establishments

The Candidate:

Essential Experience/Skills/Required:

  • The ability to handle apparatus/materials confidently and appropriately in line with the duties of the post
  • A good knowledge of health and safety issues relating to science laboratories, the use of equipment and chemicals
  • Ability to work to deadlines and deliver an agreed scheme of work
  • Good organisational and administrative skills
  • Proficiency in working with standard office applications such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Good communication skills
  • Good motivational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and maintaining a quality service
  • Educated to Level 2, or equivalent, in English and Mathematics
  • Educated to Level 3, or equivalent, in the relevant specialism
  • Enhanced DBS Clearance (this will follow an initial offer of employment)
  • Ability to meet the requirements of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

Desirable Experience/Skills/Required:

  • Previous experience of providing technical and general support within a Science department
  • Experience of handling chemicals
  • Specialist knowledge of Science within the area of primary responsibility
  • Educated to graduate level, or equivalent, or can demonstrate comparable knowledge and understanding of the relevant specialism gained through employment

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Candidates with experience of; Lab Technician, Laboratory Technician, Lab Assistant, Laboratory Assistant, Graduate, Science Graduate, Science Assistant, Lab Tech, Science Technician, Biology Technician, Biology Assistant will also be considered for this role.