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Experimental Test Engineer (Laboratory Manager)

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £47,842 to £57,606
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd October 2019
Closes: 21st November 2019
Job Ref: ENG01055

Campus: South Kensington, London

Do you love the idea of working for a prestigious university? Are you proactive, adaptable, creative and experienced in engineering? The Department of Mechanical Engineering has developed a need for an individual to support our Turbomachinery (‘Turbo’) research group by managing their laboratory spaces and support the design and development of test rigs and experimental research.

The Turbo group is a world-leading centre for experimental aerothermal research that works to solve real-world, and increasingly important problems such as waste heat recovery in aeroplanes, and modelling of hybrid and electric vehicles. We are constantly designing, developing and testing novel turbocharging concepts. The postholder would therefore be key in enabling advances in turbomachinery research and instrumentation.

This post will be part of the Technical Services team, and will answer to the Technical Operations Manager, however close collaboration with our Academic & Research community will be needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • You will operate, maintain and modify turbomachinery and related test rigs in support of experimental research in the Turbocharger research group.
  • You will be responsible for the hands-on management of the experimental test facilities; working with PhD students and Research Associates (RAs) who use a variety of test rigs to manage and support scheduling, safety, and instrumentation and where appropriate, the data acquisition system.
  • You will be supporting the design and development of new test rigs in collaboration with the research group.
  • You will be required to deputise for the Technical head of Thermofluids, as necessary.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • You should have a degree in Mechanical Engineering (or a closely related discipline), a recognised apprenticeship or BTEC higher award with experience in a relevant technical or scientific role.
  • You must have practical experience in test rig development and construction
  • You should have experience dealing with different people on various levels e.g. sponsors, academics, engineers, safety officers etc.
  • You must have experience of supervision and/ or training of colleagues who are not familiar with the practical aspects of experiments.
  • Experience of LabVIEW and 3D CAD (preferably SOLIDWORKS) are essential.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for up to 36 months in the first instance.

The College cannot normally apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post under Tier 2 of the UKVI’s Points Based System. Any candidate, who is considering applying for this position and requires sponsorship, must ensure that they are able to obtain permission to work in the UK through an appropriate immigration route.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please visit our website using the provided link for more information about the post and the application process.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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