Assistant Technician

University of Bristol - School of Physics

Would you like to join a team providing support to students and academic staff in state-of- the-art teaching laboratories? Do you enjoy working with students and have excellent interpersonal skills? Maybe you’ve worked in a science laboratory in a school, college or university?

The School of Physics is seeking an assistant technician to help run our undergraduate teaching laboratories.  The post is part-time (21 hours per week) and term-time only (30 weeks/year). Note that salary is paid in 12 equal instalments and the contract start date is 15th January 2018.

Working closely with senior technicians you will assist with the day-to-day running of the labs. This will include assisting with the preparation and repairs of apparatus for undergraduates, showing students and postgraduate demonstrators how to use equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes, balances, vernier calipers) and the recording of student marks and monitoring of attendance and progress. An important part of this job is to get to know the undergraduate students in the laboratory, to be able to spot potential problems and to offer appropriate advice and guidance to students in difficulty. You will also be involved in outreach work with visiting schools and colleges.

Educated to A-level standard preferably in a science based discipline (or with equivalent experience), you should be familiar with computers and able to use standard programs such as Word and PowerPoint.  Ideally you will have hands-on experience of electronics, of fault-finding and repairing equipment, and must be comfortable working in a busy environment.  The ability to communicate effectively with academic staff, postgraduate demonstrators and undergraduate students and to offer pastoral care to students is essential.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Gemma Winter on (0117) 33 18101, email: or Mr Steve Neck on (0117) 92 88741, email:

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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