Control & Instrumentation Specialist 

University of Nottingham
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (GB)
£29,799 to £38,833 per annum
25 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
18 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Control & Instrumentation Specialist 
Location:     University Park
Salary:     £29,799 to £38,833 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance. 
Closing Date:     Friday 18 May 2018
Reference:     ENG109118

The Technical Specialist will provide dedicated technical support primarily to Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics and the wider Civil Engineering laboratory facilities. 

Delivering a broad range of complex, specialised and non-routine technical work requiring skilled performance with a high level of individual responsibility applied to a variety of situations. The research carried out is diverse and complex and a high degree of precision is required to ensure test rigs and equipment are of the highest standard. The role is essential to the smooth running of the associated laboratories.

Duties will include:

  • Implementation of data acquisition and control systems for use within laboratory experiments, including elevated gravity experiments in a geotechnical centrifuge.
  • Managing and co-ordinating operation of the geotechnical centrifuge facility, including planning of resources and scheduling of tests.
  • Supporting researchers and staff in areas of (i) electronic equipment development and integration in laboratory experiments, (ii) sensor selection and integration within data acquisition and control systems, and (iii) experiment preparation activities.
  • Monitoring of work carried out within the areas of responsibility. Dealing with workload and quality issues as they occur. Provide advice and assistance to both research and academic staff and students in the choice, scope, likely outcomes of techniques available, provision of laboratory equipment and project work.
  • Contribute to the development of research projects, grant applications, publication of journal articles and dissemination of centrifuge and other laboratory activities. Participate in and develop external networks, nationally & internationally. Collaborate on and develop original research with colleagues in other institutions.
  • Maintain a safe working environment for all users of the centrifuge and oversee Health and Safety (for example, maintain safety records/risk assessments etc.). Keeping up to date with regulations and working closely with the Faculty Safety Officers.
  • Any other duties appropriate to the grade and role of the post holder.

Candidates must have a first level degree or equivalent in a science or engineering discipline or equivalent experience.Candidates must have capability in the implementation of electronic and instrumentation systems, capability in programming of data acquisition and control with proven planning and organisation skills. The interpretation and implementation of health & safety regulations and procedures and an understanding of non-compliance on other staff and the University is essential. A flexible approach and the ability to communicate are both essential. Training will be provided where required, a willingness to learn and develop skills and responsibilities will be encouraged and expected.

This position is based on a permanent, full time contract. Applications for job share will also be accepted. 

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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