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Chief Technician (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The Department of Engineering has a vacancy for a skilled Workshop Technician (Machinist) to join the Whittle Laboratory in Division A, which supports world-leading research and teaching. The posts offer variety and challenge in a stimulating, modern and continually improving well-equipped environment.

Working closely with research and teaching staff as part of the technical team that provides key support and guidance, the main responsibilities of the posts will include design and construction of very sophisticated equipment and teaching and supervising practical skills to students and researchers.

You should have a sound instrument, tool making or machining skills background, have completed an engineering apprenticeship and be fully familiar with a wide range of workshop machinery and techniques. Experience with CNC machinery, CAD and CAD/CAM software would be a considerable advantage, although training will be given.

The successful applicants should be educated to HNC level and have completed a recognised apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. They should also have sound IT and communication skills.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office on 01223 332615 or by email on

Please quote reference NM13513 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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