Specialist Technician

Southampton, United Kingdom
£30,942 to £38,017 Per annum
Monday, 24 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 18 June 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Mechanical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Friday 18 June 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1379221DA

The µ-VIS X-Ray Imaging Centre ( combines state-of-the-art equipment and 20 years of experience, plus the expertise of over 40 academic staff from across the university. The centre constitutes a strategic multimillion pound investment (>£5M) in high resolution X-Ray tomographic hardware, offering a unique user experience for advanced 3D imaging.  We specifically aim to provide a holistic approach to advanced 3D (volume) imaging, supporting all steps between original domain problem/query, through to verified, publishable conclusions. Internationally regarded as a leading institution for X-ray Computed Tomography (CT), the Centre will host two of the largest high-energy micro-focus CT systems in the UK, as well as multiple smaller systems. µ-VIS is also proud to be one of the 4 designated University Centres forming a new £10M UK National Research Facility (NRF) for CT (

Key practical accountabilities/primary responsibilities include:

  • Performing CT scans and data analysis using a variety of state-of-the-art equipment
  • Providing technical support and participation in and contribution to experimental planning, together with colleagues and academic & industrial customers
  • Routine maintenance and setup of CT equipment, safety checks, as well as periodic performance assessment and verification of CT equipment
  • Specimen collection, curation, preparation, tracking, scanning, and returning to customers
  • Training students, junior colleagues and new researchers in techniques and the safe and effective use of equipment
  • Communications, job tracking, liaising with colleagues and users to ensure reliable and efficient lab operations 
  • Writing and curation of risk assessment and method statement guidelines, monitoring and facilitating health & safety compliance procedures 
  • Ordering and procuring of supplies, tracking and maintaining of up-to-date financial transaction database entries 
  • Data management & curation processes

You will be confident working alone and with a team and demonstrate the ability to multi-task, think creatively, and rise to challenges of high-throughput or time-critical projects. Knowledge and experience in X-Ray systems, image processing, and/or engineering principles and manufacturing methods is desirable, although training will be provided in specific areas.  You will demonstrate skill level equivalent to achievement of HND, Degree, NVQ4 or basic professional qualification in engineering or physical sciences and have work experience acquired in relevant technical support roles, and be comfortable working with multiple computer programs and systems. Experience of programming and CAD software will be beneficial.

This post is offered on a full-time, fixed term basis for 2 years.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities.

There are a great range of benefits that includes a contributory pension scheme; holiday entitlement of 30 days plus 8 bank holidays and 6 additional holidays (closure days); subsidised health and fitness facilities on-site; cycle to work scheme; a range of discounts which include restaurants, retail outlets and entertainment.

The University of Southampton is the top one per cent of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities.

The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the international standard for Environmental Management ISO14001:2015.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1379221DA on all correspondence.

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