Laboratory Technician (Biology) - Maternity Cover to start February 2020

Department: Technicians

Employment Type: Temporary

Working Hours: to be discussed at interview

Commencement: February 2020

Salary: circa £20,000 per annum

Pension Scheme: Support Staff

Holiday: 38 days inclusive of bank holidays (pro rata to reflect part time working). As this role is term time holiday is paid within annual salary and is to be taken during Canford School holidays only

Fringe Benefits: Free meal during term time, discounted membership of School Sports Centre, discounted rate to Layard Theatre productions

Probationary Period: 6 months

Selection Process: Interview

Closing Date: 18 November 2019

Laboratory Technician (Biology) - Maternity Cover to start February 2020

Overall Purpose

The Biology Department is situated in a central location within the school and boasts a state of the art Seminar Room and Technician Prep room, as well as a further five laboratories.  Biology is a popular subject at the school and enjoys excellent academic results.  Supporting 5 full-time and 2 part-time teachers, the Technician role is vitally important to the successful and smooth running of the Biology department.

The Laboratory Technician is required to trial, prepare and set up materials and equipment for all practical work including all the key required practicals for GCSE and A Level plus a 13+ scholarship exam.  We have more than 100 pupils currrently doing Biology A level as well as more than 100 in each year group at GCSE.



  • Make up culture plates and cultures for all bacterial/fungal practicals
  • Arrange for correct disposal of all hazardous biological waste


  • Make up preparations of active enzyme solutions


  • Help maintain the department’s fish tanks via water changes/feeding/pump and filter cleaning.


  • Take care of plants and other living material in the department in partnership with the teaching staff (primarily the HoD).  Be part of a rota to continue the care during holiday periods.
  • Have main responsibility for care of the biology plant stock.  Make cuttings to propagate plants as required.
  • Collect and/or purchase of living material and specimens - either from the Park of by travelling off campus to purchase (e.g. hearts/fish, food stuffs etc).

General tasks

  • Prepare daily practical experiments and layout in the labs
  • Report breakages and accidents to Estates Department - completing the accident book where required.
  • Supervise and/or assist other staff with the safe disposal of chemical preparations, toxic substances and broken glassware in accordance with relevant codes of practice.
  • Maintain comprehensive records and stock control of equipment, materials and apparatus, including computer database.
  • Ensure that necessary security systems are strictly observed by all users in the department.
  • Along with the teaching staff, to support the overall welfare and good discipline of pupils.
  • Clear away equipment when classes have finished and clean work surfaces/sinks etc.
  • Clean, dry and store away materials used
  • Send cloths tea towels etc. once a week to laundry
  • Collect stores, soap, washing-up liquid, cloths, bin liners etc
  • Keep paper towel holders in lab topped up
  • Keep pens, paper and first aid kit topped up
  • Be prepared to cover lessons in an emergency when required
  • When required assist with practical work
  • Assist with the running of marketing and admissions events (Open Days, Discovery Days, Familiarisation Days etc.)

Clerical tasks

  • Offer assistance to teachers looking to introduce new practicals by researching internet and other sources of information for production of worksheets and practical methods.
  • Order equipment and materials as required.
  • Photocopy worksheets and exam papers as required
  • File all delivery notes and pass invoiced to HoD for prompt payment
  • Maintain the Biology photocopier and printers, ensure they are working and stocked with paper, toner etc.

Maintenance duties

  • Liaise with Estates, Housekeeping and other departments regarding any maintenance issues.
  • Maintain standards for Health & Safety, keeping safety records updated and reporting of any issues to HOD.
  • Maintain water baths
  • Make up, maintain and repair equipment (microscopes, lamps etc.) wherever possible and safe to do so.
  • Make up solutions and reagents as required.


Liaise with other departments as required - particularly bursary, chemistry and housekeeping (for laundry) and with the school shop regarding stationary supplies.

The nature of a biology department means that some working hours during the holidays is to be anticipated and is agreed, in advance, with the Head of Department.  This is generally agreed to be of the order of 2 ½ hours per week (although not every week needs to be worked).

Knowledge / Experience

  • Good standard of Education  (E)
  • Previous experience in a similar environment  (D)
  • An interest in Biology  (E)
  • A good understanding of a range of fields including pathological, biochemical, aquatic, zoological and horticultural  (E)
  • Either experience of working in a Biology laboratory or relevant qualifications  (E)
  • IT Literate  (D)
  • Good administrative skills  (E)
  • Excellent organisational skills  (E)
  • Good team player and ability to work independently  (E)
  • Good communications skills  (E)
  • Approachable and confident with the ability to work alongside both staff and pupils  (E)
  • A “can do” approach  (E)
  • Able to look for solutions  (E)
  • Flexible and adaptable  (E)
  • Patience  (E)
  • Available to work during the holidays by prior agreement  (E)
  • Full Driving Licence  (D)
  • Lives locally  (D)

Canford School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All successful job applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening

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