Senior Technician (Education)

King's College London

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Job id: 080328. Salary: £37,332 – £42,099 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 01 December 2023. Closing date: 07 January 2024.

Business unit: Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sci. Department: Chemistry.

Contact details:Jack Gawthrop. [email protected]

Location: Waterloo Campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.

Job description

The Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES) is a vibrant faculty based in the heart of London with a long tradition of world-leading research and teaching in physics, mathematics, chemistry, informatics and engineering.

This role presents an exciting opportunity to be part of a technical team supporting and delivering the undergraduate (UG) Chemistry and Natural Sciences programmes, along with supporting our Physics UG laboratories. Reporting to the Technical Manager (Education) at the Waterloo Campus, this is one of several roles working as part of a wider Education technical sub-function – supporting the Department of Chemistry’s educational activities.

The role-holder will have responsibility for the day-to-day running and maintenance of the chemistry teaching laboratories and auxiliary facilities. They will be part of a team of Education technicians, working collaboratively with academic and professional services stakeholders to deliver an exceptional learning experience for UG students.

The ideal candidate will have a background in the chemical sciences with experience in a higher education (HE) teaching environment. They will have knowledge and experience of laboratory health and safety regulations, general technical support, demonstration/delivery, training and supervision across a range of lab-based teaching activities.

The successful candidate will be an active member of King’s Technical Network, engaging in Faculty and College initiatives to strengthen and share best practice, with an ongoing commitment to professional development. They will facilitate an inclusive culture and ethos in line with King’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) strategy, proactively liaising with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full-time post – 35 hours a week.

Key responsibilities
Technical, health & safety

  • Be responsible for the delivery of the day-to-day operations and maintenance of a suite of teaching and auxiliary laboratories.
  • Organise the installation, maintenance and servicing of equipment, along with maintaining lab consumables: stocks and supplies.
  • Develop and deliver training and induction materials for students and staff. Assist in the development, preparation and, where appropriate, delivery of taught practical activities in the chemical sciences.
  • Prepare and maintain safety documentation and assist with the investigation of accidents/incidents/near miss events.
  • Working with colleagues in Health and Safety Services, maintain a sound working knowledge of all relevant regulations, codes of practice and local guidance/protocols.
  • Undertake Evacuation Marshal and First Aid duties for the areas of responsibility.

Professional

  • Work with academic and Professional Services stakeholders to manage shared lab space and the annual teaching timetable.
  • Maintain accurate and organised electronic records in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation and cyber security best practice.
  • Manage own workload, pattern of work and resources based on an agreed work plan. Being responsive to changing priorities and an evolving environment, maximising the efficiency of the technical support being provided. Working independently and cooperatively as appropriate.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships and networks with lab users, colleagues and contractors. Adhering to and implementing environmentally sustainable practices, processes and sharing good practice.
  • Commit to ongoing professional development.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

1.      Minimum level 4 qualification, e.g. higher apprenticeship, HNC or other Level 4 award, plus work experience in a relevant field, or considerable knowledge and skills gained through work experience in relevant technical or scientific post.

2.      Evidence of an active commitment to professional development (such as RSci, working towards CSci or FHEA)

3.      Extensive technical knowledge and skills of a teaching laboratory environment in a relevant field, e.g., chemistry and or biochemistry.

4.      Good working knowledge of regulations and best practice governing Chemistry teaching laboratories, including Health & Safety and environmental sustainability.

5.      Strong written, oral, and IT communication skills, in particular when conveying complex information to a lay/ non-expert audience.

6.      Effective communication skills and the ability to work as part of team.

7.      Ability to organise and manage own workload.

8.      Excellent planning & organisational skills, managing competing priorities and work with minimal supervision.

9.      Ability to train teaching staff, demonstrators, researchers, and technical staff.

10.    Ability to take effective decisions and be an effective problem solver.

Desirable criteria

1.      MSc or PhD in relevant subject, e.g., chemistry and or biochemistry.

2.      Experience of supervising/advising junior team members, giving feedback on performance levels and training/coaching where necessary.

3.      Able and willing to provide support beyond core hours, as required e.g. during a weekend open day event.

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