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Assistant Technician (Physics)

University of Kent - Physics and Astronomy

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £21,630 to £23,144 per annum. Grade 4
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th February 2024
Closes: 3rd March 2024
Job Ref: NATS-277-24

Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 03 March 2024  (unless otherwise stated)

Are you interested in providing technical support within a scientific laboratory environment? Do you have experience of working under your own initiative and collaboratively within a team?

Then this is an exciting opportunity to join the Division of Natural Sciences in the role of Assistant Technician (Physics). The role of Assistant Technician will use knowledge and experience to solve simple problems independently ensuring the effective day to day operation of facilities and resources, implementing the necessary control measures to ensure a safe working environment. 

The training opportunities and skill developments available have allowed previous employees in similar roles to go on to work within the Met Office, Civil Service, National Physics Laboratory, and other areas.

As an Assistant Technician (Physics) you will:

  • Carry out routine day to day tasks to established guidelines, to achieve team objectives
  • Operate basic equipment, carrying out straightforward maintenance and provide assistance to senior staff supporting more complex equipment
  • Work effectively with others, providing straightforward, basic technical advice 
  • Understand, promote and apply relevant COSHH/risk assessments and departmental health and safety protocols ensuring procedures are followed at all times
  • Maintain accurate records of work undertaken, inputting data, fault logging and maintenance of databases using appropriate IT systems and software 

To be successful in this role you will have/be:

  • GCSEs (A-C) or equivalent, including passes in Maths and English 
  • Ability to deal flexibly with a wide range of technically demanding situations 
  • Organised with the ability to prioritise a wide range of workload with competing priorities
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise confidently with students and staff at all levels 

In return we can offer you:

  • An open and collaborative working environment and support in your development and wellbeing, along with a range of great staff benefits including:
  • Hybrid working options allowing a flexible blend of office and home working (to be agreed in line with business needs)
  • 43 days' leave per year (personal leave, bank holidays and additional days allocated for the Christmas period, pro rata for part-time staff)
  • An excellent pension scheme with generous employer contributions
  • On-campus cinema/theatre, sports facilities, library, nursery and food outlets, set among green, open space overlooking the Cathedral
  • Study while you work discounts, cycle to work scheme, local business discounts
  • On-site parking

Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process, please contact the People Services Team on peopleserviceshr@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number NATS-277-24.

Further details:   

Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward.

Applications must be made through the University’s online application system (via the ‘Apply’ button above); CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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