Teaching Laboratory Technician

Southampton, United Kingdom
£21,135 to £24,871
05 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

Chemistry TAE

Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £21,135 to £24,871
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date: Monday 01 November 2021
Reference: 1526721EB

You will join us at a time where we are growing our chemistry and chemical engineering undergraduate teaching in new laboratories. You will join a team providing technical support to facilitate the smooth operation of these laboratories. This typically includes maintaining laboratory infrastructure, servicing equipment and managing chemical stock as well as technical support to teaching, outreach and external visitors. The role also comprises assisting the laboratory managers in education and administrative tasks. You will work as part of the team ensuring the laboratories are ready for teaching Chemistry and Chemical Engineering undergraduates on a daily basis, as well as supporting occasional outreach activities such as going into local schools to talk about Chemistry.

To be successful you will have an NVQ2, GCSE or City and Guilds in Chemistry or associated discipline and experience of using standard IT packages and a good understanding of the health and safety requirement of working in this type of environment. A good understanding of the processes and apparatus used in laboratories is also essential.

The School of Chemistry at Southampton has a national and international reputation for excellence. You will be based in the teaching laboratories on the Highfield campus. Our chemistry laboratories recently underwent a £12 million refurbishment programme including significant investment in new teaching lab facilities, equipment and IT that you will help to run. We are also establishing chemical engineering laboratory facilities to come online in early 2022.

In return we offer:

  • a contributory pension scheme
  • 20 days holiday rising to 24 after 4 years plus 8 bank holidays and 6 additional holidays (closure days)
  • subsidised health and fitness facilities on-site; cycle to work scheme
  • a range of discounts which include restaurants, retail outlets and entertainment.

The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award in recognition of its’ continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering. We will give due consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, and onsite childcare facilities.

The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the international standard for Environmental Management ISO14001:2015. Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities. This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 2380 592750 or email Please quote reference 1349721EW on all correspondence.

This post is available for appointment as soon as possible. For informal enquiries, contact Mr. Colin Flowers (, School of Chemistry, University of Southampton.

Only applications submitted through our online portal will be considered, those from agencies will not be accepted. Applications should include a cover letter explaining why you are interested in and suitable for the position, and a CV that includes at least two referees who can be contacted before interview.