Vacancy: Technician – Safety Support at the University of York (Closed)

By 27th October 2022 November 29th, 2022 Closed Vacancies

Technician – Safety Support

Job Reference: 11466

Department: Chemistry

Salary: £24,285- £27,131 per year (reduced pro rata for part-time working)
Grade: Grade 4
Contract status: Fixed Term
Hours of work: Part-time
Based at: University of York campus
Apply by: 24/11/2022


An opportunity has arisen to provide technical safety support to the Chemistry Department. The post holder will be expected to work under the direction of academics and senior technical staff to ensure safe working practices are upheld.

Knowledge of general laboratory health and safety procedures, attention to detail and the ability to keep accurate records using appropriate IT skills are fundamental to the role. Knowledge and experience of health and safety and/or waste disposal within a chemistry laboratory are desirable 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.


The Safety Support Technician will support the departmental aim of providing a safe working environment, by working with and assisting the Departmental Safety Adviser and Departmental Technical Operations Manager, in the areas of safety and waste disposal, respectively. Duties will include:

  • maintain the provision of First Aid and other emergency equipment (e.g. breathing apparatus, masks, portable gas detectors, spill kits, etc.)
  • be the first point of contact for the receipt, classification and storage of laboratory waste
  • manage departmental safety records on, for example, risk assessment and safety training
  • keep Departmental web safety pages and safety signage up to date

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A Level Chemistry at grade C or above, HNC  or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of relevant safety regulations & procedures, for example COSHH and risk assessment
  • Ability to perform practical tasks to a consistently high standard with attention to detail
  • Dependable, reliable and self-motivated

For informal enquiries: please contact Graeme McAllister (

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.