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Senior Electronics Technician

Requisition ID:  12902

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  08-Jun-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.


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.


Salary: Starting from £26,341 -  £30,497 per annum, depending on experience, plus excellent rewards


Closing Date: 20 July 2022


The Role


Do you want to be part of a team that supports the research and teaching activities within the School of Engineering Technical Teams through the provision of laboratory management and technical expertise?  We are looking for someone to join a team of Electronics and Electrical Technicians who support teaching and research laboratories and associated electronic and electrical equipment, batteries, instrumentation, motors and drives.


Our highly skilled and professional technical colleagues are essential to delivering successful research and teaching to an international standard within the School and Faculty.  We have approximately 70 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 to deliver excellence in research, knowledge exchange, teaching and the student experience.


You will be involved in the design, manufacture and repair of bespoke components, equipment and machinery for a number of stakeholders. This will also include assisting with safety (Risk Assessments e.g. COSHH, Safety Inspections), as well as managing machinery, equipment and resources.


We are interested in hearing from peope who can deliver training  for colleagues and students in the operation and safe use of electronic and electrical laboratory test equipment. A Higher National Certificate in Electronic and/or Electrical Engineering (or Equivalent Level 4 Qualification) or equivalent relevant technical experience is required for this role along with a strong ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to work flexibly.

If this is you please contact, Paul Watson, Technical Team Leader at


Key Accountabilities

  • In conjunction with the Technical Team Leader, be responsible for the day-to-day operation of specific facilities and items of electrical and electronic equipment. As well as undertaking fault diagnosis, testing, repair, calibration and preventative maintenance on equipment and instrumentation
  • Managing stock and consumables including procurement and maintaining financial records
  • Create, Manage and document various H&S documents and risk assessments for the students and colleagues. Ensure compliance with relevant safety procedures including relevant risk assessments. In conjunction with the Team Leader and School Safety Officer monitor compliance with all statutory and local safety arrangements. Contribute to regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and workshop and/or laboratory audits
  • Provide workshop and laboratory supervision and training for postgraduate and undergraduate  students and junior technical staff using the facilities to ensure safe working practices are followed. It is essential that you have a good knowledge in the use of and able to demonstrate various types of basic digital electronic test equipment, oscilloscopes, programmable signal sources, programmable DC power supplies, current and voltage isolation probes
  • Design, modify, calibrate, maintain, service and repair electrical and/or electronic equipment and circuits within the school from generalised instructions, specifications, circuit diagrams and manuals using specialised fault diagnosis equipment and specialised techniques as and when appropriate for undergraduate, postgraduate and academic requirements to ensure the effective completion of teaching, research or project requirements, and advise upon best use of modern technology. Including preparation of diagrams, drawings, and electrical and/or electronic specifications either manually or computerised for use by either research or teaching groups
  • Keep records of materials and or components used, details and specifications of drawings used and any technical data acquired in the development of any project
  • Provide general advice and assistance, and where appropriate detailed instruction, to staff or students with respect to tests, experiments and the construction of equipment, this may also require the demonstration of various associated techniques
  • Consult with and advise academic and research staff upon the selection, suitability and use of electrical and/or electronic test and measurement equipment. Including recording and tabulating test data, specifically in computerised format, both for teaching and research purposes

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Experience of working in a Electrical/Electronic Laboratory and Workshop
  • A good theoretical and practical knowledge of the design, modification, calibration, maintenance, service and repair of electrical and electronic equipment and circuits. As well as current Health and Safety procedures
  • Demonstratable technical and problem solving capability


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to adapt to changes in workshop and laboratory priorities
  • Has a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to works collaboratively with others
  • Strong communication skills both orally and written
  • Good team working and organisational skills



  • Higher National Certificate in Electronic and/or Electrical Engineering (or Equivalent Level 4 Qualification) or equivalent relevant technical experience



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.


Requisition ID: 12902