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Senior Research Technician (Nanocomposites)

University of Birmingham - School of Metallurgy and Materials

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £24,291 to £26,094 Band 500
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th November 2021
Closes: 2nd December 2021
Job Ref: 98322

School of Metallurgy and Materials, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £24,,291 to £26,094 with potential progression once in post to £30,207

Fixed Term Contract for 12 months 

This position is associated with a research programme funded by Defence Science and Technology Ltd, part of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). It is based on the processing and subsequent characterisation of ceramic nanocomposites based on non-oxides and will be undertaken in conjunction with Lucideon, QinetiQ and Loughborough University amongst others. Prior knowledge of the processing and characterisation of advanced ceramics will be extremely important.

You will provide technical expertise, support and guidance in research support. You may supervise a number of technical staff but even where you do not directly supervise staff you will still be expected to act as a role model and coach others as appropriate. You will be part of a wider team of technical staff led by the Technical Manager and you will be expected to work collaboratively and share best practice with the wider team.

You will need an in-depth understanding of the research questions, techniques and experimental protocols. You will be able to use your in-depth knowledge to advise on procedures, diagnose and resolve problems, and proactively suggest solutions to issues which arise. You may need to operate out of normal working hours to accommodate experimental procedures.

In order to flexibly use resource you may be offered the opportunity to work in different areas of the School or wider university.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Extensive relevant workplace experience, equivalent professional qualification or degree in a related subject.
  • GCSE level 2 (A*- C) or equivalent level 2 qualification in Mathematics and English.
  • Knowledge of the processing and characterisation of advanced ceramics.
  • In-depth practical knowledge of relevant technical and scientific methods.
  • Extensive experience of similar laboratory based work, together with familiarity with a wide range of laboratory equipment.
  • Positive service attitude and shows courtesy in dealing with others.
  • Ability to organise and manage own work load and demonstrate flexibility in terms of work practices/requirements.
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision but function as part of a team. 
  • Knowledge of current legislation relevant to the role.
  • Knowledge of current H&S policies and ability to uphold same.
  • Proficiency in commonly used software packages.
  • Understands the importance of equality and diversity in the workplace
  • Ability to identify and respond to equality and diversity issues in line with relevant policies and procedures

Informal enquiries to Professor Jon Binner; j.binner@bham.ac.uk

Closing date: 2 December 2021           Reference: 98322

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, alternatively information can be obtained from http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/jobs/index.aspx

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