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Technician (Teaching Lab)

26,341 - 32,344 a year
Grade 5
Contract status
Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Based at
University of York campus
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Role Description


An opportunity has arisen in the Department of Chemistry to provide specialist technical support to the undergraduate Teaching Laboratories.  The post holder will be expected to work under the direction of senior technical and academic/teaching staff to ensure provision of safe and efficient undergraduate practical classes.

Knowledge of general laboratory procedures, IT and instrumentation management, and of working in a scientific environment are essential for the post, although specific training will be provided.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful departments at York and we are renowned internationally for our research. As a department, we strive to provide a working environment that allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.

As a signatory of the Science Council’s Technician Commitment, the University of York strongly supports technical career development, and part of this programme is the drive to recruit new talent into the technical profession in higher education.


This role will be to provide technical and scientific support to a large undergraduate laboratory, in particular the organisation of advanced practical techniques courses taken by the MChem cohort, and maintenance of an array of analytical equipment and associated IT used by all year groups.  This will require the candidate to work collaboratively with the technical team, academics, and teaching staff to provide general and flexible support.  Knowledge of general laboratory procedures, ability to perform practical tasks unsupervised, and experience of working in a scientific environment are essential for the post, although specific training will be provided.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Degree or equivalent in Chemistry, or appropriate experience
  • Ability to perform complex technical tasks to a consistent high standard with attention to detail
  • Competent in use of advanced technical equipment and techniques
  • IT skills for a wide range of applications, ideally including Google Apps Script or equivalent
  • Dependable, reliable and self-motivated

Interview date:  TBD

For informal enquiries: please contact Phil Helliwell (

The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive.

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

Athena Gold 2017 



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