CLOSED - Science Technician vacancy at The British School of Brussels, Belgium, Tervuren

For September 2020

Located in the beautiful town of Tervuren, near the university city of Leuven, BSB is a not for profit, inclusive fee-paying international school with 1,350 students from approximately 70 countries. There is an Early Childhood Centre for children aged 1-3. Our Primary School offers a bespoke curriculum with integrated learning themes that are inquiry based and skills driven. Whilst British-based, it is uniquely adapted to the needs of our international and multicultural student body. Students in Year 10 & 11 study for (I)GCSE and BTEC courses. Post-16 students can choose from three internationally recognised pre-university examination courses: English A Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or BTEC. BSB has outstanding facilities and is the only international school in Belgium to have its own 25m indoor swimming pool. With an excellent record of academic achievement, BSB students go on to attend a wide range of top universities across the globe.

We are looking to appoint a Secondary Science Technician to join a supportive and dynamic team of teachers and technicians at BSB.

A Science laboratory technician will usually be assigned to work in a particular area of the science curriculum 11-18. On a daily basis he/she works in close contact with a team of teachers and is accountable to the teacher in charge of the assigned curriculum area (or Department Leader) to ensure the safe and smooth running of the department and the provision of resources for lessons. However, other tasks may be requested by the Head Technician or the Faculty Leader of Science and Technology who may also require that a science technician be re-directed to work in other areas of the science curriculum. The Science Technicians work as a team under the leadership of a Head Technician. We are now seeking a full-time science technician to work supporting the teaching of the IGCSE, A Level and IB Physics curricula which rely very heavily on practical and investigative work.

The major duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Petty cash purchases and accounts
  • Sourcing and purchasing of laboratory equipment and chemicals
  • Maintenance of up-to-date catalogues and price lists subject to availability
  • Requisitioning of agreed consumable supplies including utilities if appropriate
  • Receipt of supplies including textbooks, stationery and capital expenditure items
  • Recording of library books and staff resources, etc.
  • Preparation of textbooks, files and stationery for issue to classes
  • Maintenance of an inventory of chemicals, other materials and equipment and associated stock taking, including maintenance of data base inventory as appropriate
  • Storage and labelling of chemicals, other materials and equipment
  • Maintenance of agreed filing systems of worksheets, assessments etc.
  • Liaison with staff over use of equipment and materials
  • Care of the plants in the department including the greenhouse
  • Care of animals in the department including feeding and purchasing of food supplies
  • Liaising with student helpers and supervising them in their allocated tasks
Safety and Security
  • Implementation of agreed safety regulations for secure storage of materials
  • Safe disposal of biological, chemical, electrical and radioactive waste materials
  • Checking safety of equipment, glassware, taps, electrical sockets and plugs, etc.
  • Reporting deterioration and damage of equipment and recommending replacement equipment to the Head of Department
  • Maintenance of laboratories, greenhouses, preparation and storage rooms to ensure a clean, safe and orderly environment
Laboratory servicing
  • Maintenance of stock solutions, glassware and other items
  • Keeping the laboratories at optimum efficiency
  • Setting up of class experiments and demonstrations as requested by the class teachers
Maintenance, Repair and Construction
  • Regular checking of data-logging sensors and probes
  • Keeping all equipment in good working order by repairing straightforward damage, or by arranging for outside repair work
  • Construction and repair of equipment where possible
The Person:
  • Commitment to the BSB Guiding Statements
  • Committed to achieving the best at all times for BSB students
  • Belief that in learning and in life more is achieved together than alone
  • Open mindedness and welcoming of otherness
  • Committed to the safety and wellbeing of BSB students.
In return, we offer:
  • A full-time, permanent contract though may be appointed initially on a one-year contract if we are unable to interview face-to-face due to the Corona crisis.
  • On the job training
  • Interesting position in an international environment
  • An attractive salary - BSB Operational scale – Band 3 representing a minimum of € 36.527 and maximum € 57.089 gross per year (depending on the years of relevant experience) and extra-legal benefits including hospitalisation insurance, extra pension payments, luncheon vouchers, free use of the BSB sport facilities
Application process:

The deadline for applications is Monday 20 April 2020 at 16:00 (CET).
Please note that only applications sent in using the application form on the BSB website will be considered. No other submissions will be accepted.

To apply, follow the instructions on (Job opportunities)

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have not heard anything further from us by the end of April, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

“The British School of Brussels is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.” (with reference to the most recent KCSIE)
Am I reading this correctly that the salary is £32k - £57k per year plus benefits for a non-senior/head technician?! :eek:
I know it's a private school, but even so in the UK you'd be lucky to get £32k as a senior technician in the private sector within inner London...