Experimental Officer University of Manchester, Sci & Eng Faculty Office - General United Kingdom

Experimental Officer

Job Reference : S&E-012003

Location : Harwell, Oxfordshire

Closing Date : 11/06/2018

Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum, plus £3,000 market supplement

Employment Type : Fixed Term

Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering

Division : Sci & Eng Faculty Office - General

Hours Per week : Full time

Contract Duration : 31 October 2019

The Faculty of Science and Engineering wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and highly motivated individual as an Experimental Officer, the post is for a 2 year fixed term and will be located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. You will be involved with experiments at Diamond Light Source National Synchrotron Facility, the Central Laser Facility and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, a world-leading Centre for research. You will be working as part of a dynamic team of academics, research fellows, postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, technical and administrative support staff that make up The University of Manchester at Harwell, a newly formed and rapidly developing facility for applying synchrotron science to key research challenges. This is a critical role and the expertise and support you will provide will contribute to the UK and international research collaborations and be a key enabler for the world-leading research being undertaken.


Users from all parts of The University of Manchester engage in in situ experiments which involve the mechanical design, development and integration of equipment for these experiments. Research Groups undertake a vast range of research to investigate a wide range of materials, including demanding materials and technology under a wide range of conditions including high and low temperature, mechanical tension, compression, bending and torque, various gas mixtures, magnetic, acoustic, plasma and ultrasonic fields and extreme mechanical and chemical environments.


This role is for a highly qualified, experienced and driven individual to deliver the mechanical implementation of equipment to subject experimental samples to various environmental conditions and support academic users in conducting their experiments on a range of beamlines. Initially, this will be associated with X-ray tomography including being involved with image processing and analysis, but the role will expand to include X-ray absorption spectroscopy and near-ambient pressure XPS, for example, as the team in Harwell grows.


You will support and work closely with the Senior Experimental Officer and other members of the technical and administrative support team and the Director, as well as other academics from The University of Manchester and staff from other on-site institutions. You will also be expected to work with Diamond Light Source and other technical staff across the Harwell site. You will be expected to work closely with the Health & Safety Experimental Officer on all Health & Safety matters to ensure all research activities are undertaken safely, in line with The University of Manchester and the local Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) team within the Harwell Complex. The majority of your time will be spent supporting the academic team based at the University of Manchester Harwell team and the broader University of Manchester academic community and you will be expected to contribute towards the development of the facility.


You will hold a first degree or equivalent in a related field (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering) and will have gained significant experience in the design, implementation and operation of advanced X-ray sources and X-ray techniques in the physical sciences and knowledge of the use of X-ray or neutron imaging and reconstruction methods. Further knowledge of synchrotron or other light source operations and related techniques such as spectroscopy would be an advantage along with knowledge and experience of working with a wide range of materials including demanding materials and their behaviour in demanding environments.


In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate intuitive analytic, diagnostic and problem-solving skills. You will have a strong awareness of Safety, Health and Environment issues in an engineering setting. You will be equally adept at working individually and as part of a team. You will be self-motivated and proactive with the ability to apply your initiative. The role will require you to take assigned projects to completion. You will have good all round communications skills, be able to discuss technical and non-technical issues with a wide range of people and be able to produce high-quality technical reports. You will need to be able to work flexibly to match the varied time demands of the role and be prepared to work outside of normal working hours to support beamtime experiments.


As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.


Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies


Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:


Susan Davis, Interim Head of Administration CEAS / Operations Manager (DMC Harwell)

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 8856

Email: susan.davis@manchester.ac.uk


General enquiries:

Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 275 4499


Technical support:

Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk

Tel: 0161 850 2004


This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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