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12-Nov-2021

Lab Technician (Temporary - 10 January 2022 to 04 March 2022)

Nexus International School (Singapore) Pte Ltd

JOB TITLE: LAB TECHNICIAN (TEMPORARY - 18 JANUARY 2022 to 04 MARCH 2022)

Links to: Head of Secondary School via Learning Area Leader: Science.

 

WHO ARE WE?

Nexus is an empowering, learning-focused community.  We are one big family, striving to create an honest and open community with our learners, parents and peers.  We believe that we have something unique and special here, we are proud to be different in the way we work; and how we teach and learn.

 

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

At Nexus, we do things differently.  Each member of staff is valued and recognised as a unique individual collaborating as part of a supportive community, to elevate one another with innovative ideas.  Our strategies emerge from the collective positive mindsets of our colleagues.  You will experience high levels of ownership and empowerment in your role.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Lab Technician is expected to support and assist the science department in the management of resources and in the preparation of science experiments in the science laboratories.  The Lab Technician will be expected to specifically develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Secondary science teachers, learners and suppliers and external agencies.

 

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

To include, but not be limited to:

  • Keeping an up to date inventory of equipment and resources and regularly updating it

  • Organising ordering of equipment and maintaining adequate stocks of basic items

  • Keeping records of recipes, successful experiments, etc. for future use cross-indexed to each grade level.

  • Preparing apparatus and reagents and worksheets in advance of classes, trialing and checking working of reactions etc before lessons

  • Ensuring laboratories are safe, hygienic and secure

  • Checking gas and fire equipment regularly and keeping written record

  • Preparing and trying out experiments for practical examinations. Being available to assist during such exams

  • Setting up and maintaining a spillages kit in each lab and a basic first aid kit in prep lab

  • Setting out and clearing up equipment promptly and safely before start and upon completion of lessons

  • Cleaning equipment thoroughly, including washing glassware and checking its safe operation, organising maintenance and repair of equipment making sure spares are available (batteries, bulbs etc)

  • Dating chemicals upon arrival and ensuring proper storage. Checking stock regularly both in labs and prep room and restocking and organising reorder as necessary


 

A TYPICAL DAY

My day starts at 8 am when I arrive at school.  My first job is to check the lab order for the department.  This is a document I share with the teachers for them to fill out for requirements for their lessons for that day.  I need to ensure that any chemicals needed are prepared and that experiments are set up for the lessons that morning.  This is a key part of my role and ongoing throughout the day.  When teachers share with me the experiments they are doing, I will take time to research them and check for risk assessment and any potential hazards that I share with the teachers.  This is to help ensure the safety of learners and teachers within the lab space.  I also trial out the experiments beforehand to ensure that they work.

 

Most days I am involved in supporting the learners within the labs with experiments and investigations that they are carrying out.  As the day continues I support with the clearing of the labs, replenishing of glassware.  I also need to place orders for the purchase of both chemicals and equipment, liaising with the teachers and vendors to ensure we don’t run short of supplies.  My day ends at 4:30pm, having checked the lab requirements document in preparation for tomorrow.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • A relevant degree

  • Higher degree or recognised professional qualification (preferred)

  • Evidence of continued relevant professional development

  • Experience in working in a laboratory setting (at least 2 years)

  • Experience in an international school environment (preferred)

  • Possess reasonable IT skills and knowledge, for example Microsoft (MS) Applications such as Excel and Word

  • Inclusive

  • Resilient, flexible and adaptable

  • High standards and expectations

  • Communicate effectively in Standard English both orally and in writing

Nexus International School (Singapore) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our children and families. Nexus endorses the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Singapore ratified on 11 December 2008, and establishes a clear policy and guidelines to protect our learners from maltreatment by any person or persons who come in contact with them in any environment.

 

Nexus International School (Singapore) is an equal opportunity employer. We respect and seek to empower each individual and value the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our school.

 

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities, the role may be revised from time to time.

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