Experimental Research Technician

Southampton, United Kingdom
£25,217 to £30,046
Tuesday, 25 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 21 June 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £25,217 to £30,046
Full Time Fixed Term (Until 31/03/2022)
Closing Date:  Monday 21 June 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1379921DA

The Command Team Experimental Testbed (ComTET) is program of work tasked with providing evidence-based recommendations for change to optimise the design and operation of submarine control rooms of the future. The work examines a range of issues from a sociotechnical systems perspective including (but not limited to); optimisation of HMI, automation, teamwork, control room configuration, applied psychophysiology, information flow (human-human-technology). The ComTET team will be conducting a series of experiments using the control room simulator at the University of Southampton. 

You will join our team in Human Factors which comprises of academic and commercial partners, as part of the ComTET program. The post will involve assisting with the design and running of human in the loop experiments, analysis of data and contributing to stakeholder reports and publications.  The overarching aim of the work is to provide evidence recommendations to stakeholders and sponsors regarding maximisation of training whilst examining wider command and control issues including evaluation of new team structures, allocation of system functions, ways of working, communication media, interfaces, job aids and work design. Throughout the project, consideration of Human Factors aspects of new technology solutions will inform decisions and design. 

To be successful you will have a minimum skill level equivalent to the achievement of HNC, A-Level, NVQ3 with proven work experience acquired in relevant technical support roles.  In addition, you will have experience in at least one of the following: psychology, human factors and ergonomics, statistical data analysis. You should also have the ability to work effectively within a research team.

The Defence Science Technology Laboratory funds this program of work; a requirement of the funding stipulates the candidate must be a UK national.  

This post is Fixed-term until March 2022 initially, with the potential for a further year based on the availability of funding.

There are a great range of benefits that includes a contributory pension scheme; holiday entitlement of 20 days holiday rising to 24 after 4 years 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.

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. The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award in recognition of its’ continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering.   We will give due 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* and has on-site childcare facilities.

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.

 For informal enquiries please contact Dr Vicky Banks (

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 Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 1379921DA on all correspondence.