Science Technician, Surbiton, Surrey

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Surbiton High Senior SchoolSurbiton, Surrey
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Start date: August/September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

Tenure: Permanent, full-time hours; 39 weeks of the year (8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week)

Surbiton High Senior School is part of United Learning, a large and growing group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England. Schools within United Learning work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our intranet site, United Hub, is just one example of how we share resources and communicate across sites, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance. We reward our staff: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately the satisfaction of supporting schools in their quest to give every child the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.

To provide general support to the Science Department, with a specialism or interest in Physics

Key Responsibilities:

  • Preparing materials for Science teachers
  • Maintaining a safe working environment
  • Supporting staff and students in preparing and demonstrating practical activities, including:
  • Ensuring apparatus and chemicals are available as and when required by Teaching Staff
  • Setting up, testing and demonstrating apparatus and experiments as required
  • Retrieving and clearing away after practical activities; disposing of waste laboratory materials, including hazardous waste, in accordance with established guidelines
  • Suggesting and making improvements to apparatus, laboratories or prep rooms
  • Ordering chemicals and equipment where necessary
  • Following CLEAPSS guidelines
  • Helping other technicians as and when appropriate
  • Keeping the laboratories and prep rooms tidy so that they are a safe and pleasant environment in which to work and study
  • Making apparatus and testing as required, and recording any necessary repairs
  • Keeping manufacturers' information of relevant apparatus/materials
  • Proactively contributing to the development of the facilities and operation of the Science Department
  • Carrying out other duties as reasonably requested by the Senior Science Technician/Head of Science/Principal

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • Have a scientific background with A levels or equivalent qualifications would be preferable but not essential
  • Relevant technician experience within a Science Department would be an advantage
  • A passion for Science
  • Science qualifications would be beneficial but not essential
  • Organizational and self-management skills with the ability to multitask and prioritise
  • Self-motivation
  • Well-developed sense of service and an eye for quality
  • Ability to work co-operatively within a team and take the initiative to step in where needed
  • Flexibility
  • Appropriate levels of personal presentation 
  • Commitment to personal professional development
  • Personal warmth to gain the confidence of pupils, staff and parents
  • High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences
  • Organised, energetic and able to self-direct
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life
  • Committed to Surbiton High School’s ethos and strategic vision
  • Committed to professional development and show a willingness to undertake appropriate training for this role

Screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email

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Closing date: 8:00am, Monday 30 April 2018
Interviews to be held week commencing: 7 May 2018

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