Physics Technician Job Vacancy

Physics Science Technician

                                                             Job Ref:  XS4.5a 

                               Grade 5  SCP 4-6  £9.81 to £10.21 per hour

30 hours per week (hours negotiable)

Term time plus 5 Staff Training Days

Required to start September 2021, a Science Laboratory Technician to provide specialist technical support to teaching staff within the Science Laboratories. A specific knowledge of Physics is essential, although a flexibility to work within our other Sciences would be required.

You will:-

  • Be familiar with the safe and proper use of any specialist equipment and chemicals used in the laboratories
  • Have previous practical experience in a Science work area
  • Be willing to learn new skills
  • Have an awareness of health & safety requirements
  • Possess good interpersonal skills and able to work as part of a team

You will have:-

  • A vocational or academic qualification in Science at NVQ Level 3 or above
  • Specialist knowledge of Physics

To apply, please click on ‘Apply Now’ on Dorset For You website.   Alternatively, please logon to our website and click on Job Vacancies.  For further information, please contact Andrea Baxter on

Closing Date :-  midnight Sunday 27th June 2021

This role is UK based and your Right to Work will need to be established as

 part of the appointment process.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly CRB) in line with the Governments safer recruitment guidelines.

Ferndown Upper School values the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Job Description

Job title: Technician – Level 1
Job ref: XS 4.5
Grade: Dorset Grade 5
Reports to: Senior Technician / Principal Technician / Head of Department
Main job purpose
This post is intended for a Technician with higher level of qualifications/experience/expertise undertaking more advanced work.
To provide specialist technical support to teaching staff within the designated work area and to ensure the safe and proper use and maintenance of resources and equipment. The specialist technical knowledge and skills will support a variety of teaching activities, including more advanced work with post-16 examination courses.
Main responsibilities and duties

  1. To provide specialist assistance and support to teaching staff in the preparation and assembly of teaching resources, apparatus and equipment.
  2. Under the general direction of the Head(s) of Department to take a lead role in the design, development and maintenance of any specialist equipment or other resources to support teaching and learning activities.
  3. To prepare and maintain classrooms, laboratories and workshops, and materials for use by staff and pupils ensuring that an orderly, safe and healthy environment is provided for teaching activities.
  4. To contribute to teaching sessions as appropriate, by demonstrating / supervising / advising on the proper and safe use of materials for practical activities, including teacher directed support for individual pupils or assisting with practical project work (e.g. as part of post-16 studies).
  5. To maintain and undertake reasonable repairs to equipment and where practical to do so or arrange alternative servicing by approved contractors.
  6. To be responsible for the safe storage of equipment and materials and the disposal of waste products in accordance with the relevant regulations, guidelines and school procedures.
  7. To maintain appropriate records for the control and allocation of relevant equipment and resources.
  8. To undertake ordering and stock allocation activities and maintain appropriate records.
  9. To support teaching staff with the organisation and preparation of displays of subject materials or pupils’ work.
  10. To ensure that Health and Safety requirements and other relevant regulations (e.g. COSHH) are adhered to and observed. This may involve undertaking regular checking procedures and risk assessments, as appropriate to the work area.
  11. To play a proactive role in developing the skills and expertise of technical staff and in promoting ‘best practice’ in all aspects of the work requirements.
  12. Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the school’s safeguarding and child protection policy.
    Knowledge & skills
    An advanced, vocational or academic qualification in the relevant subject area (e.g. BTec Higher, HNC/D, Advanced City and Guilds Certificate) with applied practical experience.
    Substantial experience in a relevant work area together with a vocational/academic qualification at NVQ level 3 or equivalent or other relevant evidence of training/development in the particular subject area.
    Supervision & management
    General supervision will be provided by the Head of Department. There will be a need for day-to-day liaison with relevant teaching staff. Most activities will be undertaken without direct supervision.
    Problem Solving and creativity
    Applying technical or specialist skills and knowledge to resolve any problems with the setting up or maintenance of equipment.
    Key contacts & relationships
    Daily interaction with teaching staff, pupils and other support staff. Also contact with external suppliers and contractors, as required.
    Decision making
    Deciding when to intervene in pupil activities for instruction or safety purposes. Supervisory decisions regarding technicians’ duties and training/support needs. (Where appropriate) Undertaking research to support teacher and/or pupil projects and activities.
    I.T. skills for presentation, analysis and recording purposes.
    Competent use and application of specialist equipment for the relevant subject area/department (e.g. power tools and computer aided design equipment for Design and Technology activities).
    The range of equipment used and number of workshops/laboratories etc will depend upon the particular school.
    Protective clothing will be provided and must be worn at all times.
    Working environment
    Duties will normally be undertaken within classrooms, laboratories or workshops in the school. There may be some use of chemicals or toxic materials and/or some use of power tools or other potentially harmful equipment in certain posts.
    Lifting and movement of resources and equipment will often be required, using trolleys where appropriate.
    Prepared by
    Chris Matthews
    January 2005
    Pay and Reward Manager