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Technician (Nextrode)

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Metallurgy and Materials

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £27,511 to £30,046 Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th November 2019
Closes: 19th December 2019
Job Ref: 95373

Fixed Term – up to 31 August 2023

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £27,511 to £30,046. With potential progression once in post to £33,797 a year

This role will be based in the Metallurgy and Materials department at the Edgbaston campus, supporting the day-to-day operations of the manufacturing of lithium ion batteries. The post-holder will also perform other technical support duties in Mechanical Engineering workshops and laboratories. The duties require collaborative working and close liaison with academics, technical staff, students, external companies and contractors. 

The post requires knowledge and skills in the field of materials, mixing and coating and a broad range of technical skills are also required in order to complete the additional duties as described in the role. The successful candidate will prioritise their own workload, anticipating the needs of the engine test cells in order to ensure continuity of service; provide technical guidance based on knowledge and expertise to junior researchers, PhDs and technical staff; and will be able to work independently in order to support the equipment and experimental test cells for the associated research group.

The role will involve management of the equipment; using own judgement to diagnose and assesses problems, providing advice and/or implementing solutions within the engine test cells. The postholder will initiate standard operating procedures to identify and provide diagnostic information for fault remedy and initiate regular contact with technical colleagues and academic staff providing advice and support based on technical knowledge. The postholder will provide technical support for a wide range of complex research and development projects, from initial discussions with academic and research colleagues and representatives from industry, through the design, construction and operation of testing rigs, to the collection and interpretation of data. They will carry out specialist work in the mixing of inks and pastes, and performing coatings, operate reel to reel coating equipment, slot die, comma bar and provide documentation and quality control of processes and outputs

Due to the nature of the role a full UK driving licence is required for this post.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Minimum 5 GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) to include Maths, English and Science (Physics is desirable).
  • Level 3 BTEC qualification in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent) and level 2 NVQ, normally obtained through a higher level apprenticeship.
  • Proven and relevant laboratory or engineering workshop experience (such as the maintenance and repair of equipment).
  • Demonstrable knowledge, experience, understanding and appreciation of health and safety issues, including working with fume cupboards and pressurised gas bottles and regulators.
  • Proven experience of lifting and slinging and manual handling.
  • Demonstrably strong organisational and administrative skills.
  • Proven ability to record information accurately using online systems and databases.
  • Demonstrably strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to persuasively influence compliance from principal investigators to students.
  • Ability to work within regulatory and legislative frameworks.
  • Excellent IT skills using Microsoft Office and the ability to manipulate computer systems and databases.

Closing date: 19 December 2019

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