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Senior Engineering Services Lab Technician

Requisition ID:  22975

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  20-Sep-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: £27,131 to £28,762 with progression to £31,411 per annum


Closing date: 19 October 2022


The Role


We are looking for someone to join a team of Mechanical and Instrumentation Technicians who support our laboratories, facilities and associated equipment within the Discipline of Marine Technology within the School of Engineering. Marine technology research - School of Engineering - Newcastle University (


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 an Engineering Services Laboratory Technician you will be responsible for providing laboratory technical support for academic staff, research staff and students within the Marine, Offshore and Subsea Technology Laboratories and Facilities in the School of Engineering.


I am really keen to hear from people with a can-do attitude, who are from an Engineering background in Mechanical and/or Instrumentation and have a passion in providing Technical Support in our Marine, Offshore and Subsea Technology Laboratories and Facilities at Newcastle University.
To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement, and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples. 

If this is you, please contact Robert Hindhaugh, Technical Team Leader by e-mail at  

Key Accountabilities
•    In conjunction with the technical team leader for the activity you will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of specific laboratories, facilities and items of equipment and/or machinery. To be responsible to undertake fault diagnosis, testing, repair, calibration and preventative maintenance on machinery and/or equipment
•    Be responsible for the disposal of hazardous materials according to standard University procedures. 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
•    Train and advise staff and students in appropriate laboratory and/or workshop techniques and good laboratory and/or workshop practice to ensure that they are able to carry out their work in a safe manner. To provide laboratory and/or workshop  supervision and training for postgraduate and undergraduate  students and junior technical staff using the facilities to ensure safe working practices are followed
•    In conjunction with the Academic, Research, other technical staff and students as appropriate, identify consumable and equipment requirements and initiate their ordering according to the School and University purchasing procedures. Keep financial records of any activities as directed by the technical team leader
•    Contribute to regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and workshop and/or laboratory audits
•    Provide comprehensive support and advice to staff and students on technical development, design, preparation, construction, assembly and setting up of experiments, including supporting the scheduling of project activities
•    Responsible for undertaking tests and experiments as part of ongoing research teaching, or commercial outreach activities in accordance with appropriate standards, including collating, providing both data and results for interpretation, processing, and archiving
•    Supervision and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students when undertaking practicals, projects in the use of equipment to obtain and process test data. This will include data acquisition using conventional and specialist instrumentation
•    Assistance, advice and demonstration to staff and students in various applications such as structural engineering, hydrology and hydraulics and geotechnical and materials testing etc., and associated equipment
•    Provision of advice, supervision and training of students and staff in the development, construction, modification and repair of equipment. The development and use of apparatus and instruments with various components for research, teaching and commercial outreach activities from verbal instructions and drawings using standard equipment and techniques
•    Assisting with the installation, general operability, testing and maintenance of School plant and laboratory equipment both on and off-site. Liaising with contract service engineers for specialist equipment
•    Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required


The Person
Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Post apprenticeship work experience in a similar or relevant technical role with an Engineering background in Mechanical and/or Instrumentation
•    Experience of working in and managing a Engineering Laboratory/s, including budgetary and safety issues
•    Experience of hand fitting and assembly procedures and the ability to produce components using general machine tools in particular lathes and milling machines
•    Thorough working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures
•    Excellent team working skills 
•    Demonstrates technical and problem solving capability
•    Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines, with a positive and proactive approach to duties and diligence and attention to detail
•    Contribute to design and specification of research and teaching activities 
•    Ability to adapt to changes in the workshop and laboratory, and research and teaching priorities
•    A good theoretical and practical knowledge of Scientific equipment, including repair and maintenance of such equipment
Attributes and Behaviour

•    Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued.
•    Shares relevant and useful information with others
•    Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
•    Willing to help others and share workloads
Planning and Organising
•    Works in a planned and structured way
•    Ensures that all activities are completed on time
•    Ensures that others know how processes and systems work
•    Set own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
Finding Solutions
•    Looks at ways of overcoming obstacles rather than coming to a standstill
•    Keeps an open mind to alternative ways of doing things
Delivering Services 
•    Keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
•    Pays attention to detail
•    Has a positive attitude for doing things better
•    Takes responsibility for achieving own targets
•    Co-operates with others to achieve targets
•    Strives to deliver high quality results
•    Is enthusiastic in getting job done on time
Embracing Change 
•    Recognises the need for change and is forward looking. Promotes the benefits of change to others and regularly comes up with new ideas. Has the willingness to adopt new ways of working and to make improvements
•    Higher National Certificate in 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: 22975