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Mechanical Assembly Technician (3 posts)

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science - Department of Physics and Astronomy

Location: Warrington
Salary: £26,715 to £30,942 per annum, Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th April 2021
Closes: 14th May 2021
Job Ref: UOS028262

Contract Type: Fixed term until 31 March 2024

These three posts are funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). You will be working as part of a team of mechanical and electronics technicians to construct components for a particle-tracking detector called DUNE. The primary place of work will be the Daresbury Laboratory (Warrington). You will be working under the management of Prof Vitaly Kudryavtsev in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield.

You will be working with other mechanical and electronics technicians in the Daresbury Laboratory to build large (6.0 m  2.3 m) planes consisting of a stainless-steel frame constructed from 4” x 4” rolled hollow sections. Encompassing these are several layers of 150 μm diameter wires which must be wound in a parallel array, at a pitch of 3 mm. Completed assemblies will be transported to the USA and exposed into a cryogenic environment as part of the continuing DUNE international research program.

You will work together with other technicians to assemble components (such as meshes, printed circuit boards etc) onto steel frames, control and guide a semi-automated wire-winding machine and ensuring that wires are positioned correctly for subsequent gluing and soldering.

You will be expected to have good practical mechanical skills, attention to detail and experience of working within precise tolerances. Experience of working to procedures, good organizational and time management skills.

Previous professional experience performing a comparable mechanical task is essential. As the wire-winding machine and process are currently at the commissioning stage, capability, and willingness to troubleshoot, correct and optimize the process is highly desirable.

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