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Chief Mechanical Workshop Technician

The Department has a vacancy for a skilled Instrument Maker, Toolmaker or other similarly skilled individual to provide technical support for research projects undertaken within the GK Batchelor Laboratory. The Laboratory is housed in a prestigious modern building to the West of Cambridge, the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.

You will join a team of four other technicians in a purpose-built, well-equipped, busy Mechanical Workshop. The team provides a service to the experimental research groups within the Laboratory. The Workshop benefits from a range of modern machinery including CMC machines and three-dimensional printers as well as more traditional workshop tools. You will construct, adapt, repair and maintain precision mechanical devices, electro-mechanical and optical equipment. You will also provide assistance with the setting up and running of experiments and have a range of other duties within the Laboratory and Workshop.

Qualifications required: a recognised apprenticeship as an Instrument Maker, Toolmaker or other similar mechanical discipline. You will have a number of years experience in a Workshop environment - not necessarily in a research context - with good attention to detail and experience with a broad range of materials and manufacturing processes. You should also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact positively with a range of people.

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On the online form, you should explain the reasons for your application, and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. The full contacts at least two referees should be included; please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage, unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

Interviews are expected to be held on Friday 6 September 2019.

Please quote reference LE20115 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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