Experimental Research Technician

Southampton, United Kingdom
£25,627 to £30,497 Per annum
21 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
17 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £25,627 to £30,497 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31 March 2023
Closing Date:  Monday 17 January 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1648221DA

The Command Team Experimental Testbed (ComTET) is a programme 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 with 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 along with providing technical support relating to human-in-the-loop experimentation. This will include the recruitment and scheduling of participants, collection and analysis of data and reporting of output.

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 and job-related training. In addition, you will have experience in at least one of the following: psychology, human factors and ergonomics and or statistical data analysis. You should also have the ability to work effectively within a research team.

This position is offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis until 31 March 2023.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Katie Plant

We offer:- 

  • a contributory pension scheme
  • 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. 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

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% 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 Platinum EcoAward.  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

**After appointment the job title will change to Research Technician

This role will require UK security clearance and the candidate must be a UK national who has resided in the UK for the past 5 years to meet the funders requirements.  This post is funded by the Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

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 Jane Sturgeon (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1648221DA on all correspondence.