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Specialist Technician

University of Bristol - Earth Sciences - School of Earth Sciences

Location: Bristol
Salary: £29,605 to £32,982 per annum (Grade G)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th June 2024
Closes: 20th June 2024
Job Ref: SUPP111241

Contract type: Open ended

Work hours: 35.0 hours per week

The role

Focussed on delivering a specialist technical service.  Developing specialist knowledge to support activities performed in the Radio-mineralogy Laboratories as well as the Petrology research group. They may train staff, students and other technical colleagues in their area of specialism.

The technician will be an integral member of the newly refurbished Radio-mineralogy Laboratory, and will also provide some support to the Petrology laboratories in the School of Earth Sciences. They will provide general lab management, specialist lab support and radiological safety support. They will support research that includes a range of techniques for mineral and glass high-temperature synthesis, a range of techniques for mineral leaching, as well as analytical techniques for solid-state characterisation (XRD, SEM, EPMA, FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy) and aqueous phase characterisation (UV/Vis spectrophotometry, IC, ICP-OES). 

What will you be doing?

Provision of specialist support for complex activities. 

Typical duties include: 

  • Working with key stakeholders (e.g. Principle Investigators) to provide specialist services and/or plan research experiments.
  • Keeping accurate records of methods, results and radioactive sample inventories.
  • Operating, servicing, maintenance and calibration of specialist equipment.
  • Diagnose and rectify complex problems to find short and long-term solutions.
  • Sourcing and maintaining stocks of lab materials and consumables, as well as input into larger and more specialist purchases, liaising with relevant contacts and suppliers to ensure cost effectiveness.
  • Writing risk assessments and standard operating procedures, ensuring compliance with all relevant guidelines, including those relating to working with radioactive substances.
  • Training others in specialist techniques, processes and procedures where necessary.
  • Respond independently using initiative and judgement to find and offer solutions.
  • Flexible and responsive based on service need.  Give task direction to others when necessary.

You should apply if

Essential

  • Detailed specialist knowledge and refined skills; demonstrated experience in working in a radiological laboratory and of applying analytical techniques to solids and / or solutions
  • Excellent IT skills, working knowledge of relevant specialist software
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to deal with and prioritise a range of ongoing tasks at the same time, and to be able to cope under pressure
  • Ability to review and advise on complex procedures 
  • Ability to work independently towards pre-defined goals
  • Consistently maintaining a high level of accuracy and precision in all areas of work
  • Innovative approach to work

 Desirable

  • Experience with synthesising glasses and / or ceramics by high temperature methods
  • Experience in performing aqueous leaching experiments by standard methods (e.g. ASTM)

More information in job description.

Additional information

Contract type: Open ended with fixed funding until 30/06/2026

Work pattern: 21-35 hours per week, 0.6 to 1FTE

For informal queries, contact details: Claire Corkhill - c.corkhill@bristol.ac.uk

Interviews are anticipated to take place on the 4th July 2024

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