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Senior Research Laboratory Technician - Cryogenics


Applications are invited for a Senior Research Laboratory Technician (Cryogenics) to provide Cryogenic expertise and support to the research activities in the Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge (West Cambridge).

The successful candidate will provide highly technical support to ensure the smooth running of the Cryogenic service to the research groups, department and external partners. This is a dual role, which offers good variety by working closely with the research groups and as a senior member of the Liquid Gases Service. This post has high responsibility for managing the valuable resource and the Health & Safety of using these cryogenic materials.

The Department are moving to a new state of the art facility in 2023 and the cryogenic research will be primarily amalgamated into a world-class facility. This role will be key in the support to this facility and the research activities of the future.

Working with the research groups, you will be assisting with experiments along with maintaining its research equipment. You will be involved in the training and use of cryogenic materials to the junior researchers.

As a member of the Liquid Gases section, you will be supplying cryogenic materials to the research groups and external customers. This includes the supply and recovery of the valuable resource of Helium and the supply of Nitrogen liquid and gas.

This role also acts as the deputy to the Cryogenics Manager in organising the distribution of the cryogenic materials along with the record keeping and accounting for the service. It also involves running and maintenance of the Helium Liquefier equipment.

The successful candidate will have practical experience of specialised laboratory activity including optical, electronic, computer controlled, mechanical, high pressure, cryogenic and vacuum equipment. It is essential that you have experience of providing training to groups and individuals. You must have practical experience of mechanical workshop work.

As well as experience in the use and application of cryogenics and gas laws, you must possess excellent communication and organisational skills, to ensure high performance in a small team.

A qualification equitable to HND/HNC level 4/5, vocational qualifications, or an equivalent level of practical experience is required. A driving licence is essential.

Working with a high level of precision and accuracy, the successful candidate should demonstrate advanced knowledge of lab technician work involving a critical understanding of relevant theory and/or principles. Some occasional on-call and weekend working is required, by prior mutual arrangement.

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

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Peter Norman, Departmental Superintendent (pmn22@cam.ac.uk)

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact:

Tel: 01223 764816 or email: hr@phy.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference KA22387 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.

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

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