School Laboratory Technician – The Westwood Academy (Coventry)

Brief overview of the role

The successful candidate will undertake general, technical and administrative support to the Science faculty and related areas, supervised and instructed as required by the Senior Laboratory Technician.

Vacancy description

Description of duties and responsibilities:

  1. Preparation, development and setting up of class experiments, demonstrations and equipment.
  2. Clearing and putting away equipment from experiments and demonstrations.
  3. Preparation of specimens and solutions for use during classes, and maintenance of teaching aids/worksheets. To include photocopying and basic word processing when required.
  4. General maintenance of the laboratories and ancillary rooms in a clean and tidy condition.
  5. Assisting in the classroom with students and/or demonstrations.
  6. Undertake simple repairs and maintenance of equipment.
  7. Processing of orders for supplies, maintaining stock records, and general clerical tasks such as filing, issuing and maintenance of books.
  8. Where appropriate, shopping for items for experiments, such as foodstuffs.
  9. Care of any laboratory plants/animals.
  10. Assisting with the safe handling, storage and transportation of chemicals in accordance with Health and Safety procedures and guidelines.
  11. Taking part in training as required, including health and safety issues.
  12. Act as an invigilator/reader/scribe if required during examination periods.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and well-motivated Science/Laboratory Technician. Ideally you will be able to demonstrate an interest in Science through qualifications or work experience.

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Hard working
  • Shows real interest in the job, coupled with a willingness to learn
  • Mature attitude

Desired qualifications

GCSE requirement: Maths & English (Grade C or above or Level 4-9) plus 3 GCSEs to include a Science (Grade C or above or level 4-9)

Future prospects

It is possible that successful apprentices will take up positions in education establishments such schools, colleges and universities as laboratory or science technicians working to support senior teachers and lecturers in setting up and running educational experiments and carrying out research. Others will be involved in maintaining experimental equipment to ensure that it is serviceable and fit for purpose.

Working week

9.00am – 3.00pm Mon – Thurs, 8.30am – 3.00pm Fri (Includes ½ hour unpaid lunch break) 28 hrs per week term time only (some flexibility on hours and working times)

Total hours per week: 28.00