DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Technical Manager of the Durham X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Facility

Location
Durham, United Kingdom
Salary
£34,304- £36,382 per annum
Posted
06 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 2022
Ref
21001102
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Department of Chemistry

Grade 7: -£34,304- £36,382 per annum
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: 2.5 years
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 3-Feb-2022, 7:59:00 AM

Job Family: Technical, Research and Teaching Services

OUR CHARACTERISTICS: We are a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting.

OUR VALUES: We are inspiring, challenging, innovative, responsible and enabling.

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

It is expected that all staff within the University:

  • Contribute to our learning culture by engaging in mentoring, training and coaching.
  • Positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Have due regard to Health and Safety requirements appropriate to grade and role.

Family key attributes

Roles in this family provide creative and analytical input to facilitate the delivery of world-class teaching, learning and research activities.

Overall family purpose

  • Support stakeholders to ensure the delivery of research, teaching and scholarly activities.
  • Align and tailor services to meet strategic and operational research, teaching and learning objectives.
  • Prepare and set-up equipment, apparatus and resources to ensure the successful delivery of scheduled academic activities.
  • Monitor, manage and maintain teaching, learning or research facilities, workshops, laboratories and experimental environments to ensure compliance with internal and external regulations.
  • Contribute guidance, advice and/or professional expertise to increase intellectual and creative capacity for world-class teaching and research outputs.
  • Actively participate with peers and specialists internally and externally to expand knowledge and practice.
  • Design and construct equipment, environments, tools, techniques and methodologies to meet research and learning objectives.
  • Adapt and develop equipment, techniques and methodologies to meet research and learning outputs and timescales.
  • Engage and network with internal and external specialists and experts to facilitate knowledge exchange and enhance research, teaching and learning activities.
  • Work collaboratively and network across the University with staff in other families to ensure a smooth, timely and high-quality delivery of service.

Link to key strategic plan

  • An economically sustainable approach to delivering technical and experimental support services across the University;
  • Support and facilitate world-leading research across all academic departments;
  • Support and facilitate research that has a positive impact on global, national and regional challenges and which benefits culture, society, health, the economy and the physical environment;
  • Support and facilitate a rewarding research environment and an exceptional research-led learning experience;
  • Support and facilitate programmes that offer intellectual challenge, cohesiveness and a strong sense of progression;
  • A stakeholder-focused orientation, offering satisfying careers to all staff;
  • Ensure that an increasingly diverse workforce is treated equally, fairly and with respect, and that all staff are demonstrably valued and actively engaged.

The Department and role purpose 

Durham Chemistry is a world top 100 chemistry department (QS World University Subject Rankings 2020) and has an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked fifth overall in REF2014 and first for impact, we are an active and vibrant department including a strong cohort of early career researchers and future leaders. Ranked second in the Guardian University Guide 2021, our undergraduate programmes are highly rated outisde of the Department and by our students. We offer both 3-year Bachelors (Bsc) and 4- year Integrated Masters (MChem) courses, and students can study Chemistry either as a single subject or via Durham's popular Natural Sciences programme. At postgraduate level our students come from all over the world to carry out research. Durham Chemistry is part of three Centres for Doctoral Training: SOFI (soft matter and interfaces), MosMed (Molecular Sciences for Medicine) and ReNU (renewable energy). Each year we admit around 120 single honours undergraduates and around 45 PhD students. The department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Durham University has recently secured EPSRC funding for a new laboratory-based X ray absoprtion and emission spectroscopy (XAS + XES) system to be based in the department of chemistry. The facility will also include ancillary equipment for energy materials and catalysis studies. The facility will be used by internal and external users, including through mail-in and remote access routes.

The post holder will be responsible, under a management board, for commissioning the equipment, training users, promoting the equipment and managing day-to-day operaiton of the equipment. This will include conducting training at in house and external events, liaising with internal and external collaborators and the management board, and identifying ways to ensure the long term sustainability of the facility (e.g. through relevant experimental or data analysis consultancy beyond the running of the equipment as a service). There will also be opportunities to develop collaborative research in the use of laboratory XAS.

Core responsibilities:

  • Provide day-to-day delivery of a high-quality experimental facility.
  • Take responsibility for commissioning and installing new equipment and the design, set-up, maintenance and integrity of these research facilities and resources with their specialist area.
  • Promote the equipment to relevant users/stakeholders.
  • Establish documentation, remote access arrangements and develop relevant protocols for the equipment to be run as a facility for internal and external users.
  • Collaborate with internal and external academics, industry and technical specialists to support the delivery of research projects, contributing to the generation of external income.
  • Provide specialist technical advice to inform others’ research and service development.
  • Provide training to users and engage with other university and external professionals to ensure compliance with legislative and university Health and Safety needs.
  • Apply maintenance schedules to ensure the smooth, safe and efficient use of equipment.
  • Supervise service users during research activities using equipment.
  • Provide support to delivery of undergraduate and post graduate teaching and learning activities, where appropriate in the context of running/promoting the facility. The may include contributing to the supervision of the undergraduate or postgraduate research students to develop use of the facility where appropriate.
  • Develop, modify and optimise protocols, methodologies for using the equipment, remote access and data processing/analysis, including the on site use of user equipment.
  • Contribute to the planning, design and delivery of research outputs and to the preparation of innovation research proposals related to the facility.
  • Contribute to promotional events and presentations at external meetings.
  • Liaise with internal and external agencies, local authorities, industries and visitors where appropriate, including co-ordinating access of external users as university visitors.
  • Take responsibility for monitoring and updating risk assessments and safety procedures, relaying guidance to others where necessary, including the development of specific safety training for internal/external users.
  • Record, monitor and collate information, analyse patterns and trends as necessary for the running of the equipment as a facility.
  • Interact effectively with the management board to ensure the smooth running of the facility.
  • Co-ordinate and contribute to prioritisation and scheduling processes for the use of te facility.
  • Seek to develop additional income streams for the facility through experimental or data analysis consultancy beyond the running of the equipment as a service.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties.

Role responsibilities:

  • Provide day-to-day delivery of a high-quality experimental facility.
  • Take responsibility for commissioning and installing new equipment and the design, set-up, maintenance and integrity of these research facilities and resources with their specialist area.
  • Promote the equipment to relevant users/stakeholders.
  • Establish documentation, remote access arrangements and develop relevant protocols for the equipment to be run as a facility for internal and external users.
  • Collaborate with internal and external academics, industry and technical specialists to support the delivery of research projects, contributing to the generation of external income.
  • Provide specialist technical advice to inform others’ research and service development.
  • Provide training to users and engage with other university and external professionals to ensure compliance with legislative and university Health and Safety needs.
  • Apply maintenance schedules to ensure the smooth, safe and efficient use of equipment.
  • Supervise service users during research activities using equipment.
  • Provide support to delivery of undergraduate and post graduate teaching and learning activities, where appropriate in the context of running/promoting the facility. The may include contributing to the supervision of the undergraduate or postgraduate research students to develop use of the facility where appropriate.
  • Develop, modify and optimise protocols, methodologies for using the equipment, remote access and data processing/analysis, including the on site use of user equipment.
  • Contribute to the planning, design and delivery of research outputs and to the preparation of innovation research proposals related to the facility.
  • Contribute to promotional events and presentations at external meetings.
  • Liaise with internal and external agencies, local authorities, industries and visitors where appropriate, including co-ordinating access of external users as university visitors.
  • Take responsibility for monitoring and updating risk assessments and safety procedures, relaying guidance to others where necessary, including the development of specific safety training for internal/external users.
  • Record, monitor and collate information, analyse patterns and trends as necessary for the running of the equipment as a facility.
  • Interact effectively with the management board to ensure the smooth running of the facility.
  • Co-ordinate and contribute to prioritisation and scheduling processes for the use of te facility.
  • Seek to develop additional income streams for the facility through experimental or data analysis consultancy beyond the running of the equipment as a service.
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties.

Specific role requirements

Aspects of the promotion and user-training activities are expected to necessitate some UK travel, including overnight stays.

Due to the experimental equipment focused nature of the role, it is expected the post-holder will work primarily on-site.

Due to the timescales of experiments, it may be occasionally be necessary to facilitate activities out of normal working hours.

Recruiting to this post 

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above (including those listed in the section ‘Realising Your Potential Approach’).

In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

How to apply 

We prefer to receive applications online.

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

What you are required to submit

  1. A 2 page maximum CV; 
  2. A 2 page maximum covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;
  3. The person Specification and Realising your potential approach grids

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.

Contact details 

For further information please contact  Dr Simon Beaumont (simon.beaumont@durham.ac.uk)

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

Personal Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Significant experience in the collection analysis and interpretation of X-ray absorption data at the professional practitioner or post-PhD level and ability to run an XAS service (including experience in EXAFS data analysis using relevant software).
  • Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office and programming relevant to instrument control and data processing (e.g., Labview, Matlab and Python).
  • Educated to at least degree level (or equivalent experience).
  • Experience of being able to network effectively and develop strong and productive working relationships internally and externally to own organisation (e.g. collaborators, industry).
  • Ability to teach or train others with specific technical skills (ideally including the development of training materials).
  • Knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines including health and safety.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Relevant experience in one or both core scientific application areas identified for the instrumentation’s use (catalysis and energy materials)
  • Track record in managing resources (including budgets)
  • Experience of contributing to the production of high-quality academic research outputs
  • Proven track record of contributing to planning at operational and strategic levels

Realising Your Potential Approach

Essential Behavioural Attribute

Realising Your Potential Approach text

Evidence of meeting the criteria (candidate to complete)

ACHIEVING RESULTS

Plan and organise workloads to ensure that deadlines are met within resource constraints. Consistently meet objectives and success criteria.

RESPECTING OTHERS

Embrace diversity by promoting and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work and study environment

WORKING TOGETHER

Work co-operatively with others in order to achieve objectives. Apply a wide range of interpersonal skills.

USING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY

Make effective use of available resources including people, information, networks and budgets. Be aware of the financial and commercial aspects of the University

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.

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