Science Technician- Part Time

Job Reference: ST/10.22

Salary: This is a part time role with an actual salary of up to £9513.42 per annum, dependent on skills and experience. Full Time Equivalent Salary £18,517

Working Hours: 23.5 hours per week, 38 weeks per year.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Science Technician to join our Science department.

The purpose of the role is to provide technical support services including maintaining the science labs and the equipment in them, the preparation of materials/ practicals and general assistance of lecturing staff, all in support of teaching and learning within the curriculum area

The successful applicant must have:

  • A levels/BND or equivalent in science subjects
  • Good Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Experience of Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety issues/procedures in labs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Skills in general maintenance of all resources and equipment
  • Technical skills in the preparation of materials, apparatus and equipment for practical work
  • Effective administration skills
  • The ability to be flexible
  • The ability to be a team player
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude
  • Experience as a science lab technician in an education environment
  • Experience in the preparation of materials, apparatus and equipment for practical work

The roles main duties include:

  • Maintaining the science labs such that they may be used effectively and safely by staff and students, including re-stocking of materials.
  • Preparing materials, apparatus and equipment for student practical work, training and lecture demonstrations in all science subjects as required.
  • Using appropriate software to prepare materials for administration purposes.
  • Supporting teaching staff in the delivery of the curriculum, including the supervision of students.
  • Maintaining accurate records and levels of equipment, materials and consumables ordering replenishment stock as necessary.
  • Organising and ensuring effective operation and security of the labs, with particular regard to hazardous and/or inflammable materials (including radiation sources) and their safe storage.
  • Responsibility for departmental COSHH and comprehensive risk assessments for all science areas.
  • Keeping all areas clean, tidy and safe to ensure adequate care of health and safety and take immediate action (e.g. disconnection of power supply) if there is a reason to suppose a safety hazard exists and report the hazard immediately.
  • Offering services and technical advice across College.

This role requires you to engage in regulatory activity. The full definition of regulatory activity is set out in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Regulated activity includes teaching, instructing, caring for or supervising children if the person is unsupervised.

Fancy a 4-day working week*?

Grantham College is trialling a 4-day working week which will run from September 2022 until the end of August 2023. If you wish to participate in the trial you will benefit from a reduction in working hours but still receive full pay. For a full-time member of staff with a permanent salaried contract for 37 hours per week the working hours will reduce to an average of 33 hours per week with the same pro rata reduction for part time employees. Annual leave entitlements will reduce in line with the reduction in contracted hours, but the number of weeks of leave will remain the same. You will work your core hours Monday to Thursday with full time staff working a Friday morning on the 4th week.

The four-day week is generally considered to bring benefits which help employees, the organisation, and the climate.

The potential benefits of the trial are improved work-life balance, a happier, healthier & more productive workforce leading to better student outcomes, reduction in employee’s childcare/caring costs and commuting time & cost. The college hopes this trial will boost gender equality in the work force alongside a positive reduction in its carbon footprint, improving air quality and congestion of the local environment.

*pro rota reduction for part time staff

What we offer you in return:

  • An excellent pension scheme (Teachers’ Pension or Local Government)  
    • Local Government: Employer Contribution 23.8 %
  • A continued professional development programme of up to £750 per academic year
  • A generous annual holiday allowance of:
    • 25 days for Support employees, this will increase to 29 days, after 5 years’ service
  • Generous occupational sick pay scheme after one years service
  • Family friendly policies, including up to 5 paid occasions for time off for dependants within a 12 month period, after the first year of service
  • Five college closure days in December in addition to annual leave

The closing date for all applications will be Sunday 04 December 2022.   

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive we will only be able to contact candidates who have been selected for interview. You are welcome to download a full application pack and return your completed application to hrapplications@grantham.ac.uk  
Please note that we do not accept CV’s by way of application or online application via other websites, you must complete a Grantham College application form. Grantham College are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. All employment offers are subject to a self-funded satisfactory enhanced DBS check. The successful applicant will have a deduction of £44 taken from payroll. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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