Research Technician

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 24 months

This is an exciting opportunity for a research technician to join a newly formed team and support the setup and running of a new lab at the School of Chemical Engineering in the research group of Professor Peter Fryer, to work in a joint project between the Centre for Process Innovation and the University of Birmingham. The post-holder will take responsibility for a wide range of state-of-the-art liquid processing equipment and analytical instruments in a research laboratory. The post-holder will have a strong background in process technology and day-to-day management of laboratory setups.  They will have detailed technical knowledge of liquid process technology and ideally experience as a process technician or similar. In addition, experience in a range of analytical equipment such as particle sizers and rheometers would be beneficial. The post-holder will ideally have experience in the use of clean-in-place (CIP) techniques and will be able to optimise the procedures on their own initiative.

They will take all necessary steps to ensure that the equipment is ready, available and safe for use at all times (including purchasing consumables, carrying out or arranging for others to carry out both routine and emergency maintenance, cleaning, re-configuration of the setup). They will implement and monitor the compliance of Health and Safety, Estates and laboratory housekeeping matters related to the laboratory and the equipment. The equipment may be run as a service with external clients and project partners and the post-holder would be expected to assist in this running. The post-holder will have the opportunity to contribute to research projects by collecting, analysing and interpreting data and having an input into research papers.


Educated in a relevant scientific field to degree level or equivalent experience

GCSE (A*- C) or equivalent in mathematics and English

Previous Experience, Essential Skills and qualities

Experience in previous technical based posts would be desirable including practical and theoretical knowledge of a range of chemical processing and analytical equipment included in the list below, please note the equipment list will adapt to support the project’s evolving research interest.  While it is appreciated that this is a diverse list it would be expected that the post-holder would develop knowledge in all aspects over time:

  • Stainless steel flow loops with vessels and pumps, typically used in the food and pharma industry
  • Various types of liquid pumps, such as progressive cavity pumps, gear pumps, peristaltic pumps
  • Particle sizers
  • Rheometers
  • Spectroscopic instruments such as UV/vis
  • Burst discs
  • Temperature, conductivity, flow and pressure sensors

Good knowledge of typical safety standards and procedures in research and industry labs including COSHH and Risk Assessments

Able to run process and analytical equipment without supervision and as part of the team after appropriate training

Knowledge of and basic skills (to at least fault finding level) in IT (including software packages) and process technology.

Informal enquiries can be made to Mala Patel

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 57890 in all enquiries.

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