Technical Specialist, Sold Mechanics Research Group

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,199 - £37,345
03 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Division/School School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,199 - £37,345
Closing date for applications 16-Jan-2019

A Technical Specialist position has become available within the School of Civil, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering (CAME) at the University of Bristol as a result of the expansion of the solid mechanics research group (SMRG). SMRG has enjoyed a long-term working relationship with EDF Energy on high temperature research. This partnership has been further strengthened through collaborations with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). These partnerships, coupled with SMRG’s international leadership in residual stress measurement, have highlighted a need for a dedicated Technical Specialist to steer the extensive experimental programmes being undertaken in support of the collaborations. The post-holder is envisaged to play a critical role in delivery of high-quality research through:
Overseeing and ensuring the high quality of all experiments carried out in the high temperature and residual stress laboratories

Assisting the experienced researchers with designing novel experiments as well as training junior researchers on routine usage of the equipment which includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Conventional creep machines
  2. Low Cycle High Temperature test frames
  3. Portable X-ray diffractometer
  4. Centre hole and deep hole drilling
  5. High temperature digital image correlation cameras and microscopes.

Occasional training and assisting undergraduate students with their research projects.

The post-holder is not expected to be proficient in using all equipment at the start of employment (although it is desirable to have a working knowledge of as many techniques as possible). Extensive training will be offered to the Technical Specialist so they can develop and provide leadership in the post. As such, an enthusiastic individual highly motivated to work with researchers, academics and undergraduate students in the areas of residual stress and high temperature testing is sought.

A related PhD would assist the post holder greatly but is not a requirement of the role.

The University offers excellent employee benefits, including a generous annual leave entitlement, pension schemes and opportunities for staff development and flexible working.

For informal discussion about the post, you are welcome to contact:
Darren Roderick Laboratories and Facilities Manager

It is anticipated that interviews will take place shortly after the closing date.

We appreciate and value difference, seeking to attract, develop and retain a diverse mix of talented people that will contribute to the overall success of Bristol and help maintain our position as one of the world’s leading universities.