Specialist Technician - Printed Electronics

Southampton, United Kingdom
£38,592 Per annum
01 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
22 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Smart Electronic Materials & Systems

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £38,592 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 1 year
Closing Date:  Wednesday 22 February 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2164023FP

We are looking for a Technician to take responsibility for running the laboratory facilities within the Smart Electronic and Materials and Systems (SEMS) Research Group at the University of Southampton.  These labs have state of the art printed electronics equipment and sensor development and measurement facilities.  You will be involved in pushing the boundaries of new technologies and assisting our community of researchers and students to develop their ideas to reality.

The role includes learning new equipment and understanding it sufficiently to teach new users as well as troubleshooting and maintaining a broad variety of different systems.  You will receive extensive training and support from the existing users and lab manager as you develop the skills necessary for the job.  

The day to day role includes:

  • Training of new users.
  • Writing of training, procedures and Health and Safety documentation.
  • Preparing samples for other users.
  • Fabricating samples for projects; following and improving on standard practices.
  • Following and enforcing strict safety rules within the lab.
  • Maintaining the cleanliness and professionalism of the laboratory.
  • Ensuring supplies are well stocked and replenished regularly.
  • Opportunities to pursue new ideas for research activities within the group.


  • Skill level equivalent to achievement of HND, Degree, NVQ4 or basic professional qualification or extensive experience in a lab environment.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the scientific method.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience of working in electronics or materials laboratories fabricating electronic devices or developing functional materials.

ECS holds an Athena SWAN bronze award in recognition of its’ continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering. In ECS we take Staff wellbeing and professional development seriously and we have a mentoring scheme for Staff. 

We will give due consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and job share and to those who have taken a career break. 

The role contains a mix of desk work and physical lab presence so regular working from home is possible. The University has a generous maternity policy* and onsite childcare facilities.

This position is being offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 1 year. 

There are a great range of benefits that includes a contributory pension scheme; holiday entitlement of 30 days 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.

*subject to qualifying criteria

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Application Procedure 

The application deadline is midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need assistance, call Recruitment on  +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Quote reference 2164023FP on all correspondence. 

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