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Chief Technician

Bangor University - School of Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering Sciences

Applications are invited for the position of Chief Technician initially for a fixed term of 36 months. The position is sponsored by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

The role will be based in the Nuclear Futures Institute Loops Lab at Menai Science Park (M-SParc), Anglesey, with time spent on secondment at NNL’s Workington Laboratory facilities in Cumbria.

Candidates should be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area, e.g. engineering, materials science, physical sciences, or other related disciplines and ideally have previous experience in a fluid dynamics laboratory or process control environment.

The candidate should possess the ability to:

  • Communicate with scientists and engineers within a laboratory environment.
  • Ensure safety standards are maintained within the laboratory spaces. Experience working with sensing equipment (e.g., temperature, pressure), rotating equipment (centrifugal pumps), and high-temperature or high-pressure equipment.
  • Be able to support the manufacturing of components required for the experimental facilities.
  • Obtain or retain SC security clearance

The appointee will work with the existing team at Bangor University's Nuclear Futures Institute and related departments (including the chief technician, H&S managers and building managers) to ensure that the laboratory facilities are used to their full potential. The responsibilities include - organisation of access to the lab, working with the central health and safety team to ensure training is provided and procedures are adhered to, ensuring that the facilities are well maintained and providing expert advice on the use of equipment to ensure successful research outputs from the facility, provide support to academics and students.

The appointee will also gain valuable experience through engagement with NNL staff and will (i) undertake a secondment of between one and two months to NNL’s Workington Laboratory (Workington, Cumbria) where they will provide support to rig operations.

During the secondment, the appointee is expected to be based principally on the FAITH thermal hydraulic rig (Project FAITH | National Nuclear Laboratory (nnl.co.uk)) providing support to operations with the opportunity to gain experience operating/supporting other nuclear R&D rigs located within NNL’s Cumbrian facilities These would include a number of rigs supporting post operational cleanout (POCO)/decommissioning tasks related to solids retrievals (Sluicing Rig), slurry transport (Slurry Transport Rig  - STR) and filtration (Sand Bed Filter - SBF).

The appointee will also provide support to NNL staff visiting relevant laboratory facilities at Bangor University.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence 1st March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter, and the post is available for a period of 36 months. 

Applications will also be considered to carry out this role on a part-time or job share basis. However, the sum of the part time/job share contracts must equal 1 FTE.

Applications will only be accepted via our online recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. However, in cases of access issues due to a disability, paper application forms are available by telephone 01248 383865.

Closing date for applications: 21 February 2023

Committed To Equal Opportunities

Location: Bangor
Salary: £35,333 p.a. (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th January 2023
Closes: 21st February 2023
Job Ref: BU03143
   
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