Assistant Science Technician

  • £15796 to £17188 (subject to review)
  • Canterbury, Kent
  • The Canterbury Academy

Assistant Science Technician

The Canterbury Academy Trust

We are currently seeking an Assistant Science Technician based at The Canterbury Academy.

Vacancy Description

This is an exciting and new opportunity to become an Assistant Science Technician based at The Canterbury Academy. In accordance with the practices and procedures of the Academy, you will help ensure that a safe, effective and efficient laboratory technician service is provided for the use of pupils and teaching staff - including, where applicable, the provision of technical advice and assistance in the classroom to support pupils and assist teaching staff with learning activities.


Working with the Senior Science Technician

• To prepare and assemble apparatus and components for demonstration, class practical work, assessments and examinations; to prepare solutions and materials; to prepare audio-visual equipment and maintain a booking system for this equipment

• To install, test and calibrate both existing and new equipment

• To set up demonstrations, including computer equipment, for use by staff and pupils

• To prepare chemical solutions, observing safe practice, and to have an understanding of the skills involved

• To construct and devise equipment to meet the changing needs of practical programmes, including the manufacture of teaching aids; to adapt apparatus and basic storage facilities

• At the request of teaching staff, to provide practical advice and safety instructions to pupils

• To construct and maintain the plug-in peripheral equipment for computers and electronic measuring devices

• To ensure that equipment, materials and apparatus, including teaching aids, are maintained in a serviceable and safe condition; to undertake repairs when necessary and, where applicable, to recommend or arrange outside repairs, replacement or maintenance; to ensure that computers and peripheral equipment within classrooms and prep rooms are kept clean

• To ensure that any scientific debris or hazardous materials or spills are removed from the sinks, benchtops and other areas to provide a safe environment for cleaning staff and others; to deal with spillages and emergencies during practical activities; to ensure that gas and water taps are turned off and that electrical connections, chemical solutions and other materials are left stored in a safe and secure condition, ready for re-use

• To monitor the condition and stock levels of all apparatus, reagents and materials with regard to shelf-life, safety and economy by undertaking regular checks; to diagnose faults and to take necessary action accordingly, including proposing alternatives for damaged or faulty equipment; to ensure that appropriate levels of stock are maintained to meet the requirements of the Department

• To ensure that residues and outdated stock are disposed of in a safe, efficient manner

• To maintain all safety equipment used by technicians, teaching staff and students to the highest standard; to carry out termly/yearly checks and ensure that up-to-date records are kept, according to the COSHH regulations

• To clean the upper areas in the prep rooms on a regular basis if appropriate

• To be aware of and to comply with all departmental or Academy instructions and procedures relating to health and safety at work, including the COSHH regulations, and to recognise the main responsibilities required under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated legislation; to contribute to safe working practice in preparation, storage and teaching areas

• To undertake general tasks according to the needs of the Department, such as the maintenance of laboratories, including the cleaning of sinks, preparation of store-rooms, transporting supplies, reprographic duties, preparation of audio/visual material as required by departmental teaching staff, etc.

Desired skills

• Friendly and efficient

• Professional appearance and manner

• Ability to prioritise

• Ability to multi-task

• Ability to use ICT effectively

• Ability to communicate effectively with young people

• Demonstrate technical competence in the use of specified instrumentation and laboratory equipment, including calibration where required.

• Knowledge of equality issues

Personal qualities

In addition to an interest and aptitude for Science the ideal candidate will be:-

• Proactive and able to work on own initiative

• Have the ability to interact effectively with a team

• Have a confident manner

• Have good communication skills

• Have good organisation skills

• Have good time management skills

Desired qualifications

• Level 2 in English, Mathematics and at least one Science subject.

Previous experience working in a scientific environment or school science lab would be an advantage.

The welfare of our students is the first priority of staff working for the Trust and all appointments are subject to satisfactory references and DBS clearance.

About the employer

The Canterbury Academy Trust

The Canterbury Academy and The Canterbury Primary Schools are 'schools for all the talents'. The key beliefs which underpin and drive all we do are simple. We believe that every learner matters and that every child is good at something - that all children walk with genius - and that school should be the place where children discover and build upon their own individual talents.

We believe in the comprehensive ideal. We believe that all talents should be valued. We believe that academic excellence is important but that there are also other important things. We believe that art, music, drama, sport, practical skills, being a good person, caring for and working with others are all valuable.

We believe in teamwork and that all of our students should have pride in themselves and their contribution to the school. The Canterbury Academy has a house system represented by four different coloured ties, providing opportunities for healthy competition and recognising achievement.

Our aim is to provide 'as much as possible, as often as possible, for as many as possible'. We believe that education and learning can be fun. At the end of their time with us, we aim for all our young people to leave as happy, positive, confident individuals, proud of what they have achieved, prepared to be life-long learners and ready to play an active and constructive part in society.


The Canterbury Academy Trust

Knight Avenue



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