Apprentice Technician in Applied Sciences

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
03 Apr 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Jun 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Specific duties will vary from time to time in conjunction with the requirements of the apprenticeship programme: the following list of duties is intended to indicate the general nature of the post and is not exhaustive.

  • Assist in providing technical support to academic staff and students within the department of Applied Sciences.
  • Assist in the preparation of equipment and facilities.
  • Contribute, as directed, to the support of practical laboratory sessions.
  • Develop and maintain an awareness of relevant Health & Safety regulations under direction of technical supervisors.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of various laboratory techniques 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in the preparation of materials and equipment for use by staff and students.
  • Working as directed by senior technician to support practical teaching sessions, including assisting in the operation and demonstration of equipment.
  • Assisting in carrying out routine maintenance of equipment in line with manufacturer’s specifications, & installation of equipment under the direction of supervisory technical staff
  • Assisting in maintaining the work area and equipment, to provide a clean & safe working environment within specialist laboratory areas.
  • Assisting in maintaining stock level of consumables.
  • Maintaining an up to date knowledge of health and safety procedures and issues relating to allocated areas.
  • Any other duties as may reasonably be required by the Manager within the scope of the grade.  The particular responsibilities of all members of staff are likely to vary over time, according to the needs of the service.

Working Hours

  • This is a full time post of 37 hours per week
  •  Normal working hours are Monday to Thursday 09:00 -17:00 and Friday 09:00 – 16:30. Occasional evening and weekend working may be required to meet the needs of the service
  • The post holder will be able to work flexibly with prior approval from their line manager

Please note this is a 2 year fixed term contract, starting 19/08/2023 until 19/08/2025.


 To be successful in the role you must have the following person specifications:

  • Demonstrates good communication skills, whether face-to-face, on the telephone or in writing.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships within own team and across the organisation.
  • Have a professional, customer-focused approach.
  • Have attention to detail, completing tasks to a high standard.
  • Takes responsibility for initiating and completing tasks, manages, and prioritises time to successfully meet deadlines.
  • Have a positive, flexible approach to team working.
  • Reliable, enthusiastic, and willing to learn.
  • Ability to complete documentation proficiently.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their responsibility for health and safety in the workplace.
  • IT skills including use of MS Office packages (e.g., Word and Excel

Further information is available in the person specification

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 Northumbria University is a great place to work.  We empower our exceptional people to achieve shared ambitions and promote a positive work life balance.  To say thank you, we offer a wide range of benefits including excellent pension schemes, flexible working, a generous holiday entitlement, continued commitment to your learning and development and more. 

 We are an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager. 

 Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff.  We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community.  The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme.  The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process.