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Senior Research Technician

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £25,506 to £27,399 with potential progression once in post to £31,718 a year (Band 500)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2022
Closes: 8th January 2023
Job Ref: 100580

Position Details 

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK  

Fixed Term contract up to November 2024

Job Summary 

This role supports research activities across the School of Chemical Engineering and at satellite sites where the School has a presence. You will assist in experimental work in the BCES laboratories located in the School of Chemical Engineering, the School of Metallurgy and Materials, and Tyseley Energy Park. You will be responsible for assisting in experimental rig development and operation for different fluid flow, heat transfer, and reaction tests, including the preparation of health and safety risk assessments. You will need to liaise with the University workshop and/or external manufactures for the fabrication of experimental components. You will also be expected to ensure your working area is safe and support others in following health and safety instructions

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. 

Main Responsibilities 

  • You will use your in-depth knowledge of methods and procedures to advise on techniques and experimental procedures being used by researchers and/or students.
  • Able to diagnose and resolve problems and suggest solutions regarding techniques and experiments.
  • Carry out specialist technical and experimental procedures. Use your judgment to assess the correct technique and to consider how these may be improved.
  • Maintain accurate records of all techniques and experimental procedures you carry out.
  • Ensure compliance with legislation relevant to the area of research/activity.
  • Comply with and promote the operating procedures for the area, including the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
  • Be proactive in your support for health and safety within the laboratory.
  • Comply with all current rules and ensure all required assessments are in place, approved and up to date.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience Required 

  • Experience in the manufacture and development of bespoke experimental test rigs
  • Extensive relevant workplace experience, equivalent professional qualification or degree in an appropriate subject.
  • GCSE level 2 (A*- C/4-9) or equivalent level 2 qualification in mathematics and English.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of current H&S policies and ability to uphold same.

Informal enquiries can be made to Jacqueline Deans, email j.k.deans@bham.ac.uk  

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