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Senior Geospatial Technician (Engineering Services)

Requisition ID:  24322
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  02-Nov-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: 30 November 2022

 

The Role

 

We are seeking a motivated and skilled individual to join our team of Civil and Geospatial Technicians, who support our teaching, research activities and manage the associated equipment and facilities within the Discipline of Civil and Geospatial Engineering and part of the wider School of Engineering.  Civil and Geospatial 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 a Senior Geospatial Technician you will be responsible for providing technical support for academic staff, research staff and students within the Geospatial and Civil Engineering Laboratories and Facilities in the School of Engineering.

Who we are - Geospatial Engineering Facilities

 

We are extremely keen to hear from people with a can-do attitude, from a Survey, GIS, Geography or Civil Engineering background, who have a passion in providing technical teaching and research support to our Geospatial activities at Newcastle University.

 

If this is you, please contact James Goodyear, Technical Team Leader by e-mail at: james.goodyear@newcastle.ac.uk

 

For more information about the School of Engineering, and our research, please click here.

 

We’re celebrating 150 years of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. Although a huge amount has changed over the last 150 years, one thing has stayed the same: our commitment to making a difference. We’re educating the next generation of experts and tackling the biggest challenges facing our planet. Our innovative work has always focused on making a difference to people’s lives and you can be part of it.

 

We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.

 

The appointment is offered on an open-ended, full-time basis (37 hours per week) and is tenable from 1st January 2023.

 

To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and 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.

 

Key Accountabilities

 

  • In conjunction with the techncial team leader for the activity, be responsible for the day-to-day operation of specific facilities or items of equipment. To undertake fault diagnosis, testing, repair, calibration and preventative maintenance on instrumentation under the roles responsibility
  • To 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
  • To train and advise staff and research students in appropriate techniques and good practice to ensure that they are able to carry out their work in a safe manner. To provide supervision and training for postgraduate and undergraduate  students and occasionally, for other technical staff using the facilities to ensure safe working practices are followed
  • In conjunction with the Academic, Research, other technical staff 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. To undertake general duties for the issuing, specifying and control of stock items and tools, whilst assisting to maintain adequate stock levels for use
  • To contribute to regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and workshop and/or laboratory audits
  • To provide classroom-based support (planning, preparation, and independent delivery) for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional practical teaching in Surveying, GIS, RS, and other forms of geospatial surveying
  • To lead practical and computer classes in geospatial engineering science (including Surveying, GIS, And RS), and provide individual (face-to-face and online) student support in these technologies. To develop new practical and computer lab material for this teaching at all levels, and to have general responsibility for maintaining related equipment, including survey instrumentation
  • To deliver and supervise, in conjunction with other staff, undergraduate residential field courses and field/project work in Surveying, GIS, RS, and other forms of geospatial surveying
  • To be responsible for maintenance of field equipment and software for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) remote sensing, and support its use in teaching, research and engagement activities, including piloting. To be responsible for compliance with legal requirements for UAV operation and maintenance
  • To be responsible for maintenance of field equipment and software for terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) and other forms of ground-based geospatial surveying including GNSS, and support its use in teaching, research and engagement activities
  • To maintain and expand personal knowledge and skills in Surveying, GIS, RS, and other forms of geospatial surveying, including the state of the art in equipment, software, and other technology, to ensure that the School remains at the forefront of these fields
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required

 

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

 

  • Broad knowledge of topographic and/or engineering surveying
  • Broad knowledge of application fields utilising GIS and/or remote sensing, within engineering or the Earth and environmental sciences
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Numeracy and basic statistics
  • IT skills including data/file management and use of common office software
  • Advanced operational skills in GIS and image processing software
  • Capability to acquire advanced technical skills in GIS, and the maintenance and operation UAV remote sensing platforms and sensors, laser scanners, and ground-based surveying equipment including GNSS and Total Stations
  • At least one year’s work experience and/or Further/Higher Education study involving surveying, GIS or remote sensing
  • Experience of working independently and also in team environments. Must include fieldwork experience
  • Coding skills in Python or a similar high-level computer language (Desirable)
  • Operational skills in the ESRI suite of GIS software and the ERDAS Imagine image processing software (Desirable)
  • Development of web technologies including web servers, Apache, Linux & Javascript (Desirable)
  • Technical skills in the operation of ground-based radar, UAV remote sensing platforms and sensors (including piloting), and laser scanners (Desirable)
  • Operational skills with post-processing software for remote sensing and laser scanner data (Desirable)
  • Operational skills with other specialist geospatial/geomatics apparatus e.g. satellite positioning and field survey tools (Desirable)
  • Practical maintenance and fault-finding skills with electronic and field equipment (Desirable)
  • Experience of web based GIS systems and web based development platforms e.g. Geoserver, Openlayers (Desirable)
  • Experience in the delivery or support of university-based teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate or professional level (Desirable)
  • Work experience in a university research or industrial research and development context (Desirable)

 

Attributes and Behaviour

 

Team-working (Self)

  • 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 (Self)

  • 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 (Self)

  • 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 (Self)

  • 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

 

Qualifications

 

  • HNC/Level 4 Qualification in an Engineering related subject, for example GIS, remote sensing, surveying/geomatics or a related field (e.g. civil engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, computing science, physics, physical geography, Earth sciences). Alternatively, candidates may possess significant vocational experience, demonstrating development through progressively more demanding, relevant roles
  • Advanced working knowledge of GIS and remote sensing techniques, and other forms of geospatial surveying
  • First Aid at Work qualification. Training will be provided if required (Desirable)
  • GVC / A2CofC drone qualifications. Training will be provided if required (Desirable)
  • Fork lift truck driving qualification.  Training will be provided if required (Desirable)
  • Driving licence valid in UK for vehicle categories C1 (goods vehicles up to 7500 kg) and D1 (minibuses up to 16 passengers).  Training will be provided if required (Desirable)

 

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

Qualifications

 

(Essential)

 

  • HNC/Level 4 Qualification in an Engineering related subject, for example GIS, remote sensing, surveying/geomatics or a related field (e.g. civil engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, computing science, physics, physical geography, Earth sciences). Alternatively, candidates may possess significant vocational experience, demonstrating development through progressively more demanding, relevant roles.
  • Advanced working knowledge of GIS and remote sensing techniques, and other forms of geospatial surveying.

 

(Desirable)

 

  • First Aid at Work qualification. Training will be provided if required.
  • GVC / A2CofC drone qualifications. Training will be provided if required.
  • Fork lift truck driving qualification.  Training will be provided if required.
  • Driving licence valid in UK for vehicle categories C1 (goods vehicles up to 7500 kg) and D1 (minibuses up to 16 passengers).  Training will be provided if required.

 

 

 

 

 

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

 

Requisition ID: 24322