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Laboratory Technician

Study Group - Durham University International Study Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

Location: Stockton-on-Tees
Salary: £16,000
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2021
Closes: 4th February 2022

 JOB OVERVIEW

We are Study Group. We are a global leader in international education partnering with students and Top Tier Universities from all over the world. We believe in creating a better world through education, and value talented, driven, and student-centred people that believe the same.

Durham University International Study Centre are looking for a Laboratory Technician on a part-time basis to organise, deliver and develop technical services to support the teaching of science and laboratory skills by the centre.  Specifically, to:

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensuring the maintenance of a system for notification of practical requests, with appropriate notice periods and feedback to teachers on availability.
  • The timely preparation, setting up, and testing of materials, components, apparatus and equipment and ensuring their retrieval and clearing away after use. Carrying out demonstrations when required
  • Ensuring the requirements for practical examinations/assessments are met
  • Providing technical advice and assistance to teachers and students including assisting in practical classes where appropriate.
  • Assisting the maintenance and repair of apparatus and equipment either by staff or contractors
  • Locking up of laboratories and stores and securing equipment when not in use
  • Assisting with the provision of apparatus and materials in compliance with the relevant regulations
  • Identifying equipment needs in consultation with teaching staff and participating in the selection of new items.
  • Advising teaching staff of the technical requirements raised by the curriculum and identifying in conjunction with teaching staff the technical support needs generated by curriculum development.
  • Contributing to the documentation of experiment protocols
  • Ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations, among others, matters relating to COSHH, Health and Safety at Work Acts, Electricity at Work Regulations. Ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations and policies
  • Operating and monitoring systems for the safe storage of equipment, apparatus and materials
  • Assisting with the disposal of waste laboratory materials
  • Ensuring satisfactory maintenance of laboratories, storage rooms and preparation rooms, and liaison on safety and relevant legal requirements
  • Ensuring that apparatus, equipment and tools are appropriately maintained and issued
  • Provision of advice and assistance to staff on safe working practices and problems relating to health and safety, in particular on the use of apparatus and equipment
  • Assisting teaching staff with the creation of risk assessments
  • If trained, first aid treatment of minor laboratory injuries

EXPERIENCE

  • BTEC Higher Certificate or Advanced City and Guilds or HNC/HND or BSc/BEng or equivalent degree. Other relevant qualifications will be considered.
  • Experience, and a positive track record, of providing technical laboratory support in an educational setting
  • Experience of advising or supporting others to develop experiments as part of curriculum development is desirable.
  • Knowledge of science in relation to the main subject specialisms and curricular requirements
  • Knowledge of materials, apparatus and equipment
  • Knowledge of relevant health and safety regulations
  • Excellent numeracy and literacy skills
  • Proven competence in IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, etc.)
  • A student-centred and client-focused approach

ORGANISATIONAL COMPLIANCE

Study Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same dedication. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the role, including checks with past employers, an Enhanced Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and overseas criminal records if appropriate.

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