Experimental Officer, Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
19 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Harwell, Oxfordshire
Closing Date : 22/10/2018
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering Division : Sci & Eng Faculty Office - General
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : ASAP for 3 years

The Faculty of Science and Engineering wishes to appoint a suitably qualified, and highly motivated individual as an Experimental Officer, the post is for a 3 year fixed term and will be located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire and will be involved with experiments at Diamond Light Source National Synchrotron Facility, the Central Laser Facility and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, a world-leading Centre for research. You will be working as part of a dynamic team of academics, research fellows, postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, technical and administrative support staff that make up The University of Manchester at Harwell, a newly formed and rapidly developing facility for applying synchrotron science to key research challenges. This is a critical role and the expertise and support you will provide will contribute to UK and international research collaborations and be a key enabler for the world leading research being undertaken.

Users from all parts of The University of Manchester engage in in situ experiments which involve the mechanical design, development and integration of equipment for these experiments. Research Groups undertake a vast range of research to investigate a wide range of materials, including demanding materials and technology under a wide range of conditions including high and low temperature, mechanical tension, compression, bending and torque, various gas mixtures, magnetic, acoustic, plasma and ultrasonic fields and extreme mechanical and chemical environments.

This role is for a highly qualified, experienced and driven individual to deliver the mechanical implementation of equipment to subject experimental samples to various environmental conditions and support academic users in conducting their experiments on a range of beam lines. Initially, this will be associated with X-ray tomography including being involved with image processing and analysis, but the role will expand to include X-ray absorption spectroscopy and near-ambient pressure XPS, for example, as the team in Harwell grows. You will support and work closely with the Senior Experimental Officer and other members of the technical and administrative support team, the Director as well as other academics from The University of Manchester and staff from other on-site institutions. You will also be expected to work with Diamond Light Source and other technical staff across the Harwell site. The majority of your time will be spent supporting the academic team based within The University of Manchester at Harwell team as well as the broader University of Manchester academic community, and you will be expected to contribute towards the development of the facility.

You will hold a first degree or equivalent, in a related field (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering) and have gained significant experience in the design, implementation and operation of advanced X-ray sources and X-ray techniques in the physical sciences and knowledge of the use of X-ray or neutron imaging and reconstruction methods. Further knowledge of synchrotron or other light source operation and related techniques such as spectroscopy would be an advantage along with knowledge and experience of working with a wide range of materials including demanding materials and their behaviour in demanding environments.

In addition you will be expected to demonstrate intuitive analytic, diagnostic and problem solving skills. You will have a strong awareness of Safety, Health and Environment issues in an engineering setting. You will be equally adept working individually or as part of a team, self-motivated and proactive with the ability to apply your initiative. The role will require you to take assigned projects to completion. You will have good all round communications skills, be able to discuss technical and non-technical issues with a wide range of people and be able to produce high quality technical reports. The successful candidate will need to be able to work flexibly to match the varied time demands of the role and be prepared to work outside of normal working hours to support beamtime experiments.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Neil Bourne


Tel: 01235 567497

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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