Senior Technician - Prototype Development

University of the West of England, Bristol - Faculty of Environment & Technology

UWE Bristol is an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims.

We are a well-established university, with over 27,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,000 staff. Students come to study with us from all over the UK, as well as from 140 different countries around the world, making this a diverse and interesting place to come and study.

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity. A place with a strong, creative and fiercely independent mindset. A city with a buzzing music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. It’s not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.

The new Health Technology Hub will provide a world-class resource supporting technology development. The Hub will focus on research and development activities relating to product development and testing of health technologies associated with home diagnostics, monitoring and assistive living. This role is part of a European (ERDF) funded project led by the University and this position is supported by the 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund.

The new 900m2 facility will house a new suite of laboratories and associated offices including prototyping, biosensing and instrumentation laboratories. The facility will be used by businesses and researchers, working on a spectrum of projects to develop new products relating to health technology. A key element of the success of the Hub will be the technical support for the Hub which will be led by three senior technicians including one with expertise in prototype development.

It is essential that you either have a Vocational qualification in mechanical engineering (or a similar subject), a degree in mechanical engineering (or similar) or you have equivalent experience. You must be able to demonstrate broad based experience as a mechanical engineering technician, being involved in design, development and prototyping of new units and systems. 

Other benefits, in addition to salary:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 Days
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
  • flexible working;
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
  • family friendly policies;
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus;
  • option to purchase childcare vouchers.

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give our students access to everything they need to succeed – with £300m being spent on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation between now and 2020 to enhance our offer even further. Frenchay campus is within close proximity to excellent motorway links and within walking distance of two train stations, making UWE Frenchay Campus the ideal place to work for those wishing to commute to Bristol.

Interview date: Wednesday 10th January 2018.

If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion, please contact Janice Kiely on 01173282606 or email:

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

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