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Science Technician

Birmingham City Council
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Whychall Lane Birmingham B38 8AP
£20,235 to £21,137 term time only plus opportunity to work two weeks in the school holidays
Closing date
1 May 2024

Job Details

Start date 1 July 2024

Hours per week 36.50 term time only plus opportunity to work two weeks in the school holidays to support stock taking etc.

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
Whychall Lane
B38 8AP

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Candidates with long term experience and appropriate qualifications should apply and discussion on appropriate scale and pay would be considered. Flexibility can be given to start date but the opportunity to shadow colleagues during latter part of the summer term would be advantageous. Additional opportunities to do a paid lunch duty.

St Thomas Aquinas is a large, oversubscribed secondary school serving the South Birmingham area. We have recently been awarded an outstanding judgement by the Catholic School’s Inspectorate and are proud to be expanding our team of dedicated staff.

We are seeking a Science Laboratory Technician to join a thriving Science faculty. This represents an excellent opportunity to work as part of an experienced team. With students from primary years up to sixth form. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Faculty in Science and Senior Laboratory Technician to support growth and progression.

The successful candidate will

  • have responsibility for preparing materials, chemicals and equipment for and during practical sessions within science
  • be involved in providing support to students and staff in respect of any relevant training and operating equipment
  • be responsible for implementing risk assessments in the practical areas of the science department
  • have responsibility for clearing labs, cleaning materials and equipment following practical sessions in Science
  • need to be flexible and have previous knowledge of materials preparation, experiment preparation and equipment maintenance along with strict adherence to health and safety
  • it is essential that you can demonstrate good organisational skills and pro-active thinking and planning
  • Scientific or technical background would be advantageous, although is not essential
  • have knowledge of (or willingness to learn about) CLEAPPS, COSHH and keeping of microbiological stock would also be an advantage
  • Level 3 qualifications in Science would be advantageous, but not essential

A successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • evidence of qualifications, knowledge and understanding of scientific practice
  • ability to organise and prioritise your own workload whilst working alone or as part of a team
  • highly developed organisational skills dealing with multiple tasks simultaneously
  • a desire to secure ambitious targets and outcomes
  • an eye for detail and a tidy working environment
  • a dynamic personality including a capacity, drive, passion and energy to succeed
  • high personal standards including managing corridor spaces in a busy school environment on duty
  • excellent health and attendance record
  • excellent communication skills
  • experience of working with children would be an advantage

  This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016). Therefore the ability to speak fluent and spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.  

Please download an applicant pack or visit the School Website to obtain one

Should you require further information, please call 0121 464 4643 or email:

Informal visit around the Science Faculty and whole school are welcome.  Please contact the school for any queries 0121 464 4643

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Prohibition check (where applicable) Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references. An online search will also be carried out on all shortlisted candidates. 

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. 

This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment.  


Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

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The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

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