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Senior Research Technician

The Department of Physics is looking to recruit a Senior Research Technician to provide high-quality technical support to the research of the Optoelectronics (OE) and NanoPhotonics (NP) Groups at the Cavendish Laboratory.

The post holder will be working alongside over 100 researchers in the OE & NP Groups, users from other departments and from outside the University, interacting with researchers at all levels to translate their experimental requirements into designs for specific equipment. The post holder will then be responsible for organising fabrication of this equipment, and maintaining existing equipment in a safe and effective state.

The role requires a high level of technical skill, particularly in precision engineering, instrument making, and vacuum and pressure systems. The role holder will work flexibly to respond to the changing needs of the research, and will set their own priorities to achieve the best overall research outcomes. The role holder will have opportunity to work with PhD students and researchers to develop creative solutions to experimental requirements, taking resources, timing and costs into account.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, proven problem solving abilities, with the ability to manage their own time and priorities.

The post holder will hold a BTEC HNC/Higher Diploma in instrument making or similar discipline and have practical experience in workshop engineering, instrument making or related fields.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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 queries relating to this position, please contact: HR on 01223 765743 or via email

Please quote reference KA15744 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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