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Analytical Systems Test Technician

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  • This is a Band 7 position and the starting salary will be £22,224 per annum.
  • National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton
  • Closes 9th July 2017
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Analytical Systems Test Technician (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Ocean Technology and Engineering Group, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We seek an enthusiastic technician to support the further innovation and development of autonomous chemical sensor systems that are deployed in harsh environments such as the deep sea, lakes and rivers. You will join an existing team of forty research staff, engineers and graduate students equipped with world class fabrication, testing and design facilities together with instrumentation and analytical laboratories and access to sea going and polar research logistics.

In particular you will work as a team member providing practical hands-on support for the test, calibration and deployment of autonomous sensor systems. The work assigned will be varied and will include following and developing test and quality control procedures, data analysis and system optimisation, basic chemical preparation and assisting with sensor deployments. This post demands knowledge of, or willingness to learn, basic environmental chemistry, analytical instrumentation and Quality Control best practice.

We are seeking someone with HNC or degree or equivalent experience in chemical engineering, chemistry, earth/ocean/environmental sciences, or a related science or engineering subject. You will have practical hands on experience of chemical preparation and use of analytical instruments or techniques and be familiar with, or willing to learn, a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary laboratory skills. You must have basic knowledge of good practices in laboratory and record-keeping work. Experience with basic data analysis using Excel, MATLAB, or similar software packages would be beneficial. Some knowledge of precision measurements for quality control, optimisation and deployment of autonomous underwater or other environmental instruments would be helpful. As you develop more familiarity with the technology, you will be encouraged to suggest and implement process improvements, as well as provide feedback and suggestions to the system designers. You will work closely with OTEG’s Electrical, Mechanical, Multidisciplinary and Analytical Science teams and you will be expected to share your experience with and offer support to these teams to maintain a fully integrated development group. Similarly, you will take full advantage of the wider expertise in the group to enhance your own work and knowledge.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available for three years, offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.

Please note that we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require a right to work in the UK.

Salary:

This is a Band 7 position and the starting salary will be £22,224 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Hours of Work:

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About you:

You will have an HNC or degree or equivalent experience in chemical engineering, chemistry, earth/ocean/environmental sciences, or related subject. You will have practical hands on experience of chemical preparation and use of analytical instruments or techniques and be familiar with, or willing to learn, a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary laboratory skills. You must have basic knowledge of good practices in laboratory and record-keeping work.

What we can offer you:

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free on-site car-parking. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development. Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (http://noc.ac.uk/).

You will work within the Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTEG) which has a mission to develop new and innovative technologies in support of marine and environmental science. The group consists of a motivated and vibrant multidisciplinary team of staff and students including mechanical, electronic and system engineers as well as chemists, biologists and analytical specialists. We have an international reputation for sensor development and microfluidics and have a strategic research partnership with the University of Southampton. We are the first group to routinely deploy microfluidic technology in support of environmental science. We are actively commercialising our technologies.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Robin Pascal (rwp@noc.ac.uk).

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognises excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

How to apply:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc241345_7222.aspx quoting reference number IRC241345. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Closing date: 9 July 2017

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place during week commencing 24 July 2017.

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