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Principal Technician

University of Cambridge - Physics

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £32,332 to £38,205
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 29th February 2024
Closes: 21st March 2024
Job Ref: KA40363

We are looking for a CNC Manufacturing Engineer (Principal Technician) to join our team at the Department of Physics (just off Madingley Road). 

You will be a member of the Cavendish Technical Services, delivering highly specialised technical support to research groups and external customers in the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and installation of scientific instruments and research laboratory equipment and varied commercial projects. 

If you are fully engaged and adaptable, a team player and problem solver with excellent communication skills, we would love to hear from you! 

Main Responsibilities 

  • Provide highly specialist advice to researchers and students in the design of experiments, and the design of particular equipment, including on choice of materials and methods of manufacture 
  • Manufacture and prepare prototypes and specimens, using very specialised skills, on verbal instructions or sketches from researchers 
  • Provide numerical control machining and programming technical experience. 
  • Establish technical requirements for manufacturing and producibility. 
  • Design, construct and modify very sophisticated laboratory research equipment using highly specialised engineering skills and techniques. 
  • Design and develop unique pieces of research equipment using Fusion CAD and CAM software package 
  • Provide engineering drawings using CAD for third parties contracted to manufacture specimens or prototypes. 

Skills/Qualifications 

  •  5 axis prior experience, preferably Mazak 
  •  Millturn prior experience, preferably Mazak 
  •  Strong Cad/cam background, Preferably Autodesk based Fusion & Power mill 
  •  Some flexibility with working hours including occasional call out to help unmanned machine running breakdowns. 

The Department of Physics has over 1000 staff, students, visitors and collaborators organised into 15 research groups and a number of support services. 

This role is within the Cavendish Technical Services Team of 11 staff, which provides Mechanical Engineering support to the experimental research groups, designing and manufacturing bespoke components and whole pieces of apparatus to allow Physics research to be conducted. 

We engage the talent, pride and passion of people to be the leading centre of Research for today and tomorrow. Cavendish Technical services are continually investing in its Staff and Equipment with Some of the Latest CNC Equipment on the market. Our Teams core values are safety, quality and continuous improvement. This culture engages our employees because their thoughts, ideas, and talents are valued. 

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment. 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please click on the apply button above.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to technical.services@phy.cam.ac.uk 

Please quote reference KA40363 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. 

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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