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Senior Technician - Electronics

Heriot-Watt University

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £29,605 to £44,263
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 26th February 2024
Closes: 15th March 2024
Job Ref: 3579

FTE and working pattern: 1 FTE, 35 hours

An experienced Electronics Technician is required to provide design, construction and fabrication support in the production and maintenance of specialised bespoke laboratory equipment. The role holder will be involved in supporting research groups of the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering (IGE) within the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society.

The successful candidate will work between a number of research laboratories and a technical workshop and will be expected to have a high level of skill in the use of a wide range of electronic test, electronic signal transfer and data acquisition equipment.

The appointment will be made at either GR6 or GR7 level depending on the skills and experience of the preferred candidate.

Part-time and job-share arrangements will be considered for this role.

Education, Qualifications and Experience 

Essential Criteria 

  • Educated to SCQF Level 7-8 (HNC/HND) or an Apprenticeship in electronics plus ideally at least 5 years’ post-qualification work experience in a relevant role; or the equivalent comparable relevant work experience.  (GR7) (3-5 years post-qualification experience expected at GR6)
  • Experience of working in electrical engineering.
  • Experience in designing and developing apparatus and equipment, preferably in a research environment (GR7 only)
  • Ability to take a creative approach to coming up with solutions to meet research needs. 
  • Experience of maintenance and fault finding of equipment.
  • Expert level knowledge of electrical and electronic design, primarily, circuit design, circuit production, fault-finding and repair, with use of diagnostic equipment including; power supplies, signal generators, oscilloscopes, soldering irons, small hand tools (expert knowledge expected at GR7. Basic knowledge in these areas would be expected at GR6)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with academic and technical colleagues, students, external suppliers and industrial sponsors.
  • Good understanding of health & safety regulations and procedures and experience of risk assessment, etc.
  • Able to work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team.
  • Some manual handling will be involved requiring fitness and physical effort.

Desirable Criteria

  • Electronics degree
  • Ability to design and manufacture precision items of apparatus and equipment (GR7 only)
  • Experience of working with instrumentation, specifically temperature and pressure.
  • Ability to make accurate detailed drawings.
  • Experience of risk assessment, COSHH, Safe Systems of Work, radiation, lasers.
  • An aptitude for IT including PCB CAD packages, coding and programming micro controllers.
  • Experience with LabView and National Instruments.

Applications can be submitted until midnight on the 15th March 2024.

Interviews are anticipated to take place week commencing 25th March.

When applying, please include a CV and cover letter addressing these selection criteria. 

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