Research Technician: Centre for Fine Print Research

University of the West of England, Bristol - Art & Design

We are seeking a Research Technician for the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol as part of the EPSRC funded project Woodbury and Lippmann: A new approach to continuous tone and full colour non-impact printing.

A historic development, the CMYK halftone process and the ruled glass screen patented by Frederick Ives, has led to the reproduction of almost all present day images as pixelated CMYK prints. Historic processes, such as those invented by Woodbury and Lippmann produce prints far superior to anything which is commercially available at the present time. Those processes have been largely forgotten as they were not commercially competitive. This project aims to lift those technologies from obscurity to the forefront of modern developments. The new incarnations of old printing technologies will allow production of high quality prints for advertising, packaging, fashion and, at the same time, include impossible to replicate security features.

Initially you will help to set up the laboratory space and equipment have responsibility for the smooth running of the lab.  You will undertake both physical modification of the printers and run these within Health and Safety regulations, source and order parts, consumables, chemicals and materials keeping accurate financial records.

You will require engineering experience or training and will be trained in the daily maintenance and risk requirements which will be provided by the university. The project will include trips to visit partners and research facilities.

Closing date for applications is 4 March 2018 at 11.59 pm.

Interviews week commencing 19 March 2018.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity please see the attached full job description and person specification for the role.

For an informal discussion please contact Susanne Klein on 07816 142789 or email: Susanne.Klein@uwe.ac.uk

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits including:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 25 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 City Campus in Bristol city centre which comprises of Bower Ashton Studios, Arnolfini, Spike Island and Watershed and is home to UWE Bristol's creative and cultural subjects. Through a combination of University sites and partnerships with creative and cultural organisations in the city, we have developed a network of cultural and creative spaces. These enable our students and staff to develop their professional practice in inspiring learning environments as well as provide opportunities for creative collaboration and networking.

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.

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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