Science Technicians

Godalming, Surrey
Subject to experience
05 Jun 2019
03 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Science Technicians

We are looking for highly organised, methodical and enthusiastic Science Technicians to join the existing team, to provide outstanding technical and scientific support to its successful science department. The role entails equipping laboratories for practical work, carrying out demonstrations, maintaining apparatus stock and conducting safety checks. Previous work in a school laboratory is desirable but not essential.

We have vacancies for a permanent and a Maternity cover (until the end of March 2020) position, both of which commence September 2019. Applications are welcome for those looking for full-time or part-time positions.

The working hours cover a variable school timetable between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, with a requirement to work additional hours as required.

Closing Date for Applications: Noon on 19 June April 2019.

Charterhouse is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Basic Purpose of the Job

To support the delivery of science lessons in a well-resourced and efficient environment, with due regard to the health and safety of all pupils and other individuals who have contact with the area.

Nearly all pupils study three sciences to IGCSE standard, and in the sixth form separate Science courses are offered at A Level or IBDP. There are typically 50-60 pupils who commence courses in each science subject, (Physics, Chemistry and Biology,) in the sixth form every year.

Main Duties

The job-holder will be expected to:

  • Oversee the running of laboratories and project areas.
  • Equip the appropriate laboratory with all the apparatus and materials for any practical work needed.
  • Check that all apparatus is working correctly prior to use and that materials have been prepared correctly. Liaise with the teacher concerned at the earliest opportunity in the event of any difficulty.
  • Set up laboratory apparatus as requested by the teacher for demonstration purposes and check that it functions properly.
  • Carry out demonstrations when required.
  • Provide and check apparatus for the duration of any project work. Advise pupils as to suitability and correct use of apparatus.
  • Assist/advise staff about the suitability and availability of apparatus for practical work.
  • Check all the laboratories at least weekly for the standard laboratory apparatus.
  • Tidy up wherever possible each laboratory after each practical, remove equipment and any materials that may be left over, and clean equipment as required.
  • Lock up laboratories and stores and secure equipment when not in use.
  • Maintain an appropriate stock of apparatus / reagents in the stores and order replacements as appropriate.
  • Inspect and arrange for testing all portable electrical equipment annually.
  • Inspect fire-fighting equipment weekly.
  • Maintain stationery stocks in each laboratory and in the store, and order as necessary.
  • Maintain updated chemical list and liaise with the Lead Technician for disposal of unwanted, hazardous or expired chemicals.
  • Purchase supplies of perishable items for experiments as required. Safely dispose of materials following CLEAPSS guidelines.
  • Identify equipment needs and participate in selection. Consult with and advise Head of Department on choice of new and replacement equipment.
  • Keep up-to-date with safety regulations and advise members of the teaching staff as appropriate.
  • Attend relevant study days and courses as appropriate.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience Required

Relevant Experience / Knowledge & Technical Competencies


  • Keen interest and proven track record of keeping up to date with current legislation and modern scientific laboratory techniques
  • Demonstrable familiarity with standard scientific nomenclature
  • Demonstrable familiarity with standard glassware and apparatus normally found in a science laboratory
  • Able to react knowledgeably in potentially hazardous situations
  • Experienced IT user, especially with Microsoft products, and capable of the preparation and management of basic spreadsheets and databases.


Previous working experience within a School Laboratory



Science A-Level(s) or equivalent


Graduate in scientific field

Personal Competencies / Skills


  • Be able to follow instructions and work on own initiative
  • Polite and courteous manner with wide range of people, of all ages
  • A team player
  • Be practical and keep a cool head in emergencies
  • Be able to work methodically and pay attention to detail
  • Be good at organising and planning ahead

Special Working Conditions

Working hours for this role cover a variable school timetable between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, with a requirement to work additional hours to meet departmental needs. The exact working hours will be agreed with the job-holder. Occasionally, some work outside of the academic year will be required. A willingness to be flexible in working hours is essential. Holidays must be taken during school holiday periods.

Benefits of Employment

Salary: Commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful candidate

Holiday 5 weeks’ holiday plus 8 statutory bank holidays. It may not be possible to take public holidays during term-time, and time off will be given in lieu. Holidays must be taken during Charterhouse school holiday periods.


Membership of the Charterhouse Club (sports centre)
Inclusion in Personal Accident Insurance Cover
Employee Assistance Programme
School lunches are usually available throughout the year (except when School closes)
Death in Service Benefit
Contributory Pension Scheme

Benefits subject to eligibility criteria:

Subsidised membership of School Golf Club 
Cycle to Work Scheme Voucher Scheme

Interviews will take place on 24th and 25th June 2019.

Closing date for applications is noon on 19th June 2019