Radio Telescope Technician (Mechanical)

University of Cambridge - Department of Physics

The Department of Physics is looking to recruit a Radio Telescope Technician to join the team at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, Lord's Bridge, Barton, Cambridge, CB3 7EX.

You will be based in the Astrophysics Group which is the largest of the research groups, consisting of about 100 people working on projects in three broad kinds of astronomical research: observation, theoretical modelling and instrumentation technology. The observatory is home to the Arcminute Microkelvin Imager (AMI), as well as prototype antennas for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) and HERA (Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array).

You will work within a team of four technicians based at the observatory site, carrying out day-to-day maintenance and repairs to telescope mechanical/electromechanical systems.

Each team member has their own particular specialism, but also deploys a wide range of engineering and technical skills as required for the work in hand.  Further training will be given as appropriate.

You will have a Level 3 NVQ (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and be skilled in the construction and testing of mechanical and cryogenic systems.

Please note that you will be required to work heights of up to 25m and travel to remote sites (the telescopes), along with carrying heavy equipment for maintenance. Therefore you must have a current driving licence.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr John Young via email:

Please quote reference KA12976 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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