Physics Technician

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
Grade 4 £25,948 to £30,619 per annum
03 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
02 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Science                       


The School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences is a multidisciplinary academic centre and the winner of the Times Higher Education’s Knowledge Exchange Initiative of the Year 2020.  It offers a diverse range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and delivers a number of active research projects in these areas.

We are presently inviting applications for the post of Physics Technician, which will primarily provide technical support to taught programmes, research and commercial activity within the Physics and Engineering disciplines of the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences.

This is a full-time permanent position.  The post will involve the operation of a range of laboratory equipment as well as the set-up of labs and assisting in demonstrations whilst working with other groups within the School. The post may also involve supporting Engineering Workshop activities.  Additional in-house training will be provided as necessary.

The successful candidate should:

  • Be educated to a minimum of HNC level or equivalent.
  • Have completed an appropriate apprenticeship.
  • Have relevant and practical work experience in a teaching and/or research environment.
  • Be flexible and having an adaptable approach to work is crucial as is the ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Have a good understanding of Health and Safety practices.
  • Have a working knowledge of basic IT.

About us

UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities worldwide (2022 World University Rankings) as well as in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings). University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others. 

Our professional services teams are the backbone of UWS, providing robust and innovative solutions to support the vast range of work across learning and teaching, and research and innovation. You will join a supportive and dedicated team, playing a key role in a range of work that will help drive forward our ambition to deliver world-leading research, and graduates who will design, shape and build a new future.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 24 days annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • 19.3% employer’s pension contribution including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources through our partners, Health Assured
  • Professional and career development opportunities

Interview date:             Week beginning Monday 17th April 2023

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.

The University of the West of Scotland is committed to provide a supportive and inclusive working environment.