Senior Technical Officer (Physics Undergraduate Laboratory)

University of Hertfordshire

Post Title:  Senior Technical Officer (Physics Undergraduate Laboratory)

SBU/Department:  School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science

FTE:  1.0fte (working 37 hours per week) although job share and 0.8fte (29.6 hours per week) would be considered

Duration of Contract:  Permanent

Salary:  UH5 £26,642 pa to £29,762 pa (pro rata) dependent on skills and experience

Annual Leave:   25 days (pro rata) plus standard public holidays and an additional 4 days including the closure of our office between Christmas and New Year

Location:  College Lane Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

We are a committed equal opportunities employer and we particularly encourage applications from applicants who may wish to job share or work part time, as well as from women candidates to reflect staff under-representation, where it exists, and our diverse student cohort.

The School of Physics, Engineering & Computer Science is seeking to appoint a Senior Technical Officer to support our Physics Teaching laboratories. The School offers a range of degrees including Physics, Robotics & AI, Computer Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Alongside our undergraduate teaching we support research in multiple, impactful research areas including Climate & Atmospheric Science, Biodetection, Nanotechnology, Materials, Energy & Sustainable Design and more.

Main duties & responsibilities

The role entails the preparation of materials and equipment for practical, commercial and short course classes as required in one or more areas of the School. Primarily this will involve support for our specialist laboratory environments. On a day-to-day basis you will be involved in maintaining a safe operation of work around the laboratories, demonstrating safe use of laboratory equipment and specialist laboratory skills to all groups of staff and students. You will have the opportunity to showcase some of your more specialist skills and knowledge to motivate our undergraduate and postgraduate students, generating that creative spark! Further detailed information about the duties is set out in the Job Description.

Skills and experience needed

The successful candidate will need proven professional experience of working in a laboratory/workshop environment, ideally with students in the FE or HE sector. You will have a thorough knowledge of the relevant safety procedures applicable to the use of sealed sources of radiation in laboratories environments and to ensure that these procedures are adhered to and you will be able to comply with all Health and Safety regulations, both national regulation and local rules. As this role relates to support for both our teaching and research provision, we will support you to learn new techniques to support our evolving portfolio. You should be open and willing to work with colleagues from both Technical and Academic backgrounds to support our research and our students learning. You must be able to champion your specialist area(s), working closely with our Health & Safety Leads to ensure we support our students to develop their own skills in the area(s), adhering to all relevant Health & safety guidance.

As we work both independently and within a team, you’ll be flexible in your approach and attitude, with a client-oriented approach and able to prioritise to meet deadlines. Good communication and interpersonal skills are key.

Qualifications required

You will hold a minimum of A-levels or equivalent qualifications or have equivalent proven experience. A recognised qualification in an appropriate subject at a degree or HNC/HND/BTec level or equivalent is desirable.

Please use your Personal Statement to show how you meet each of the Essential criteria in the Person Specification.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries:  

Helen Goddard, Senior Resource and Technical Manager [email protected].

Closing Date:   21 June 2023

Interview date:  To be confirmed

Reference Number:  051915

Date Advert Placed:  06 June 2023

Our vision is to transform lives: UH is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and building a diverse community. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their protected characteristics, and recognise there are different ways applicants may achieve the criteria in this document. We offer a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave, flexible location opportunities within the UK, discounted Sports Village memberships and free Active Staff sessions, personal and professional development and family-friendly policies. #GoHerts

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