Senior Technical Officer

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£37,684 - £47,105 per annum
09 May 2022
End of advertisement period
29 May 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

School/Department: School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally up to £37,684 per annum (depending on experience), with potential progression up to £47,105 per annum
Apply by: 29/05/2022

Role Description

We welcome applications for a new Senior Technical Officer post from those with relevant knowledge and experience in gas turbine engineering or other engineering sector including assembly, maintenance and operation of complex systems, plants or machinery.

About the Role

This post is linked to the Gas Turbine Engineering Laboratories, within the Aerospace division. The successful applicant will be embedded within the technical team which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of a number of medium and large-scale research facilities including wind-tunnels for aerodynamic and propulsion integration research and numerous test rigs for gas turbine system related research such as multi-stage compressor and novel combustion systems.

About You

You will hold an HNC/D and/or an apprenticeship in an engineering discipline, and/or have significant experience as mechanical fitter in complex engineering assemblies. You will be able to operate plants after pertinent training and as per manufacturer’s technical documentation for operation and maintenance. You will have a very good practical understanding of thermal engine systems preferably in the area of gas turbine engines, including basic understanding of compressor, burner and turbine systems. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of common machine elements such as bearings, seals, couplings, shafts, fastenings etc. You will be working with machinery and assemblies built to tight tolerances. You will have basic machining skills (turning, milling, metal working) to make simple rig parts when needed in the School’s dedicated workshop. You will need to have good time management skills and demonstrate adherence to deadlines related to testing activities. Attention to detail, methodical work in a tidy fashion and alignment with the agreed Health, Safety and Environment procedures and risk assessments are skills of paramount importance. Finally, basic understanding of the operation of propulsion systems, fundamentals of aerodynamics and/or stress engineering will be an advantage, as will basic Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills.

The ability to obtain a UK security clearance is required in order to be appointed into this position.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Aerospace is at the heart of Cranfield’s global research airport and is renowned throughout the world for its teaching and research in the fields of aviation and aerospace.  Cranfield Aerospace’s six centres are the powerhouses of our world class research, driving technological and conceptual advances in aeronautics, propulsion engineering, cyber-physical systems and intelligent automation. Through the strong links with industry built over the past 70 years, we focus on defining and delivering the aircraft, airport and airspace management of the future and are the only university in Europe with our own airport and runway.  Cranfield Aerospace is internationally recognised as the first choice for research and education in all aspects of aerospace including aircraft, drones, urban air mobility and space.  Find out more about our work here About Aerospace.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are also committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role.  Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible female candidates.  To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we hold an Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award, are members of Working Families; sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day and signatories of the Women in Defence and Women in Aerospace and Aviation Charters.  Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

We are currently piloting hybrid working arrangements until May 2022.  This means the majority of our staff are spending between 40% and 60% of their time working from the office where job roles allow.

As part of our commitment to support and develop Technical staff across the University, we are a founding signatory of the Science Council's Technician Commitment. Find out more here.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Pavlos Zachos, on (T): +44 (0)1234 75 4633 or +44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 4633 or (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: 

Please quote reference number 4047.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 29 May 2022

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