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Technical and Operational Lead for Energy Systems Facility

Requisition ID:  12002

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  21-Jul-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Salary: Starting from £31,406 - £40,927 per annum, depending on experience, plus excellent rewards


Closing Date: 21 August 2022


The Role

We are looking for someone to join a team of Electronics and Electrical Technicians who support our laboratories, facilities and associated electronic and electrical equipment, such as energy storage systems and infrastructure (including stationary storage), electric vehicle batteries/charging units and power converters. 

Our highly skilled and professional technical colleagues are essential to supporting the delivering of successful research and teaching to an international standard within the School and Faculty.  We have approximately 80 technicians employed within the School of Engineering working on our campuses and off-site facilities across the North East of England. We have expertise that spans a wide range of disciplines that make a fundamental contribution towards Newcastle University’s aims.

As Technical and Operations Lead you will be responsible for Technical and Operational Management of the Energy Systems Facilities at Newcastle ( (Centre for Energy - Centre for Energy - Newcastle University (  We are looking for someone who can ensure the safe operation of the Infrastructure and associated Equipment in the Energy Systems Facilities and to liaise with the users as to its use. 

You will be the main contact for the end users within the Facilities ensuring a comprehensive service which meets the School’s objectives. This will include supporting academic and research staff with technical advice to progress projects.


Electrical Power converters and Battery Energy Storage Systems and Infrastructure (BESS) are the main area of Technical Expertise within the laboratories and facilities.  However, off-site projects also involve different energy systems, infrastructure and low carbon technologies such as gas networks and electric vehicle charging etc..


I am really keen to hear from people with a can-do attitude, who are from an electrical and/or electronic background and have a passion in energy systems and infrastructure and the needs for achieving net zero.


If this is you, please contact Paul Simpson, Technical Manager by e-mail at  

Key Accountabilities

•    Manage the Energy Systems Facilities, equipment, infrastructure and techniques to support the specific high value teaching and research activity within the Facilities and Laboratories

•    Support the Technical Manager with the planning, organisation and administration of the Space, Infrastructure, Estate and wider Technical Services. To ensure the effective maintenance, security and facility management and to lead on discrete estates related projects, including university wide initiatives

•    In conjunction with the Technical Team Leader ensure satisfactory management, maintenance, repair and calibration of all equipment and instrumentation within their area. To assist in the forward planning to upgrade and replace equipment with the Technical Manager. In collaboration with the Operations Teams, to assist in the maintenance of the asset register for planning and insurance purposes

•    Monitor and maintain safe working environment to Health and Safety guidelines in conjunction with the Technical Team Leader and Safety Officer. Write, review and implement the Local Safety guidelines and procedures. Lead on team safety issues and be accountable for ensuring safe working practices throughout their area of responsibility. Support in developing and maintaining local incident plans across the buildings, laboratories and workshops

•    Ensure sound financial management, whilst maintaining best value principles by maintaining records relating to the recharging of technical staff time where appropriate and materials and stock items especially where its used for the School’s teaching and research. The organisation of bulk and project purchasing, the management and authorisation of allocated budgets and expenditure (e.g. common user laboratories and equipment)

•    Take full responsibility of all relevant equipment by ensuring that this is available, in proper working order, associated software is up to date, and is safe for operation. Although the academic supervisor will retain responsibility for the conduct of Postgraduate students, the post holder will be responsible for ensuring that their use of equipment and facilities is safe, that users have been made aware of the risks and the basic functions of the equipment and that users and their supervisors have completed appropriate Risk Assessments

•    Design, construction, commissioning and test of additional hardware directly linked to research projects (specifically at high power scales (>10kW). Where it is necessary to suggest and commission modifications to building, laboratory and energy storage systems’ wiring schematics and mechanical fixtures. Advise the Group on suitable equipment to carry out research and propose and carry out changes to existing equipment to fulfil research objectives

•    Manage Maintenance, Servicing and Portable Appliance Testing within the areas of responsibility to support the relevant guidelines and policies. Ensure detailed electronic records are compiled and stored and the main users of the equipment are consulted and follow-up repairs and testing is performed as required

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Experience of working in environments related to power and energy systems and infrastructure
•    Up to date and practical knowledge of Health and Safety procedure relating to energy systems and infrastructure
•    Ability to plan and organise using technical problem solving skills
•    Good numerical skills and the ability to manipulate, analyse and present data


Attributes and Behaviour

•    Proven written and verbal communication skills
•    A proactive and innovative approach to problem solving.
•    Excellent prioritisation skills, and the ability to delegate tasks

•    Degree or equivalent level qualification (preferably in an Electrical and Electronic Engineering subject) or significant vocational experience




Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 12002