UCL Observatory Technician

University College London - Physics and Astronomy

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 6. The salary range will be £27,545 - £32,281 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

The University of London Observatory is a teaching facility associated with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and is based at Mill Hill, London. The Observatory provides a broad range of expertise in the areas of telescope technology, and mechanical, electrical and electronics engineering. In addition to teaching, research of international renown is carried out at the department covering the areas of Physics, Astrophysics and Biophysics and this post in particular will be involved with the Optical Science Laboratory. The post holder is expected to work effectively as a technician in support of the University College London Observatory and the Optical Science Laboratory in the Physics & Astronomy Department. As such, will provide support with designing, developing and maintaining scientific equipment pertaining to telescope technology. They will support the senior technician at the Optical Science Laboratory in the design and manufacture of parts relating to optical science research.

The successful applicant will have an ONC, City & Guilds or equivalent in Engineering or similar subject and a GCSE or equivalent in Maths & English. Working knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering techniques and procedures and knowledge of COSHH regulation are critical. Good all round machine shop skills in a light engineering environment including the use of lathe and milling machine and manual skills for dismantling equipment, removal and replacement of faulty parts are essential. Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication. Experience of working in an educational and/or research environment and contributing effectively to the work of a support team is desirable.

UCL vacancy reference : 1582276

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Bonita Carboo, b.carboo@ucl.ac.uk .  Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Dr David Brooks, d.brooks@ucl.ac.uk (Tel : +44 (0)20 7679 0459) or Dr Giorgio Savini, g.savini@ucl.ac.uk .  (Tel: +44 (0)20 3549 5805).

Closing Date: 24 October 2016

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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