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Technical Lead for Integrated Teaching Programmes

Requisition ID:  20368

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  13-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: £31,406 to £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum 


Closing Date: 5 July 2022


The Role


Do you have a passion to train the future world leading Engineers at Newcastle University?


The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Specialist Technical Engineering Lead and Coordinator to provide technical engineering leadership in the area of Digital and Emerging Technologies supporting the School of Engineering’s Integrated Teaching Programmes, International Year One and Flexible Stage 1, and the new Faculty and School Makerspace within the School.

As a Technical Lead and Coordinator for the Integrated Teaching Programmes you will ensure the development, implementation (or adoption), and safe operation of the Infrastructure and associated Equipment and Machines in the area of Digital and Emerging Technologies and  liaise with the other Technical Leads, Academic and Technical  Colleagues, Students and other users as to its operation and the technical support needed. Within the Laboratories, this will involve the operation and use of 3D Printers, Computer Numerical Controlled Machines, and associated Sensor Technologies. It will also include providing advice on the  design of lab classes, projects and experiments, on matters of safety, operational procedures, and other related issues. 

You will be the key Technical Lead and Coordinator for all technical, equipment, machines and infrastructure requirements to support the specialist teaching programmes and projects in the area of Digital and Emerging Technologies across the School of Engineering.  You will also be working with our academic and technical colleagues to plan and develop the teaching and project briefs, as well as co-ordinating resources with the other relevant technical leads to ensure a successful outcome.  

Providing technical support to students within the associated Labs and Facilities, with knowledge & experience of standard laboratory and workshop protocols and procedures with the relevant practical experience, will also be part of the role, along with being involved in the design and manufacture of bespoke projects and experiments.


You will also be the Technical Lead for, and manage, the Faculty and School Makerspace Facility within the newly refurbished and extended Stephenson Building development. The role will include working with the Academic Lead for the Facility, providing technical leadership and support to enable the effective management of the Facility, including resources, equipment/machines, Health and Safety, budgets, project design input, and managing the technical team supporting for the Facility. 

You will also help to support, develop and manage projects and experiments, and to operate, provide guidance and technical support on the use of equipment/machines such as laser cutters, 3D printers, vacuum formers, CNC millers / lathes / routers etc within the Makerspace Facility and associated Laboratories and Workshops to ensure projects are delivered effectively and on time. This will include also include planning and organising preventative maintenance, undertaking modifications to existing or new equipment and machines, and specifying and ordering new equipment and machines as the space develops.  It also includes giving advice on the design of projects and experiments and guidance through the development and use of Safe Systems of Work. 

You should have a strong customer focus and the ability to work flexibly, efficiently and co-operatively with stakeholders to provide an integrated technical service. 


The University is an exciting and dynamic place to work, dedicated to world-leading education and research. Benefits include excellent pension; flexible working options; 42 days holiday (including public holidays); discounted travel for the Metro and local bus services; and discounts for national retailers.  


We are committed to the professional career development of all our colleagues. You will benefit from a range of excellent development opportunities including internal and external training, active institutional membership of specialist networking groups and opportunities to gain experience of other areas of advancement and University professional services.

Please provide evidence of how you meet the essential criteria required for the role outlined in ‘The Person’ by uploading a letter of application along with your Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Peter Gosling, Academic Lead, email or Mr Paul Simpson, Technical Manager, e-mail  


Key Accountabilities

  • Specialist Technical Lead and Coordinator of the Digital and Emerging Technologies for the Integrated Teaching Programmes - International Year One and Flexible Stage 1 and the new Faculty, School Makerspace within the School of Engineering
  • To lead, manage and develop a small technical team, ensuring effective performance. This will include responsibility for staff induction and training, Planning and implementing work schedules for the technical team ensuring an effective and flexible use of human resources
  • To support the School Technical Manager with the planning, organisation and administration of the School Space, Infrastructure, Estate and wider Technical Services within their teams area of responsibility. To ensure the effective maintenance, security and facility management of the School, being one of the primary school contacts for Estates, Security and Health and Safety. To lead on discrete estates related projects, including university wide initiatives
  • In conjunction with the School Technical Manager ensure satisfactory management, maintenance, repair and calibration of all machinery, equipment and instrumentation within their area. To assist in the forward planning to upgrade and replace equipment with the School Technical Manager. In collaboration with the School Operations Teams, to assist in the maintenance of the School’s asset register for planning and insurance purposes
  • Monitor and maintain safe working environment to Health and Safety guidelines in conjunction with the relevant Team Leaders and the School Technical Manager and School Safety Officer. Write, review and implement the Local Safety guidelines and procedures. Lead on team safety issues and be accountable to the School Technical Manager for ensuring safe working practices throughout their area of responsibility. Support in developing and maintaining local incident plans across the buildings, laboratories and workshops occupied by the School and Team. Possible Chair of the local Health and Safety Committee for their building and areas of responsibility
  • 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 it’s used for the School’s teaching and specialist projects. The organisation of bulk and project purchasing, the management and authorisation of allocated budgets and expenditure (e.g. common user Facility, laboratories and equipment)
  • To manage and organise the Makerspace and associated  Laboratories and Facilities, and any associated areas, to ensure the safe, secure and effective operation of these facilities. This to include line management of associated technical staff, liaison with academic stakeholders to ensure uniform and consistent delivery of teaching, and reviewing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching timetables to ensure any organisational issues are addressed in a timely fashion
  • As appropriate to train and advise staff and students in workshop and laboratory techniques applied to the work being carried out in the School’s Teaching Laboratories and Facilities, and to manage good workshop and/or laboratory practice to ensure that all users of the workshops, laboratories and associated facilities are able to carry out their teaching in a safe manner
  • To manage the development, design and construction of specialised mechanical components, apparatus and equipment as appropriate for the work being carried out within the Teaching Workshop and/or Laboratory environment. Manage the analysis of data where appropriate, and use the appropriate software, including programmes linked to specific machinery and equipment and those used to carry out data analysis to present summaries of experimental results and technical staff time and usage of facilities and equipment
  • To assist and advise academic staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students upon best methods and practice in their various fields to ensure satisfactory progress of projects. This will include advice upon best design of test rigs, use and purchase of suitable apparatus and equipment as well as safe working practices. This will also involve the subsequent testing and fault diagnosis of rigs and apparatus using precision testing equipment, maintaining up to date records
  • To be involved in and manage and organise regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and laboratory audits

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Substantial work experience in a relevant work environment
  • Experience of working in environments related to Digital and Emerging Technologies
  • Up to date and detailed knowledge of Health and Safety policy and procedure in a laboratory setting and particularly digital and emerging technologies
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • High level planning, organising and technical problem solving skills, with a proactive and innovative approach to problem solving utilising excellent prioritisation skills, and the ability to delegate tasks
  • Evidence of project management and experience of financial budgetary management
  • Good numerical skills and the ability to manipulate, analyse and present useful information
  • Experience of managing facilities and/or laboratories, instrumentation, equipment and associated budgets and safety


  • Experience in the design and development of relevant hardware and software

Attributes and Behaviour

Thinking strategically

  • Has the ability to see the “big picture”, to think strategically and to manage complex problems and issues
  • Understands and makes sense of complex data and different perspectives of stakeholders and University areas/faculties/etc including industrial partners
  • Works through the implications of situations in order to identify the most appropriate way forward in order to meet strategic goals
  • Uses analytical techniques to break down complex problems into component parts

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
  • Accepts the reality and requirements of change as part of achieving organisational goals
  • Is able to achieve change at individual and functional level
  • Reviews and revises plans to meet with changing circumstances
  • Is supportive of others during change
  • Develops and implements new ideas


  • Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the project where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued.
  • Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
  • Shares relevant and useful information with others Keeps other team members up to date with progress
  • Gets involved with team tasks
  • Willing to help others and share workloads
  • Supportive of team decisions
  • Asks others’ opinion
  • Encourages others to get involved
  • Talks about other team members in a positive way
  • Respects the value that different views bring to the team

Developing Talent 

  • Motivates and develops self and others to achieve high performance. Demonstrates a positive approach to developing skills and general performance. 
  • Personally involved in supporting the development of others – acting as a coach, mentor or trainer 
  • Provides feedback identifying areas for development and recognising good work 
  • Helps others to recognise their own strengths and weaknesses 
  • Gives timely and constructive feedback 

Planning and organising 

  • Manage time and resources by prioritising and organising effectively. 
  • Identifies quickly what is important and prioritises accordingly 
  • Establishes clear roles and responsibilities for self and others 
  • Maintains flexibility in work plans to allow for changing circumstances 
  • Works in a planned and structured way 
  • Ensures all activities are completed on time 
  • Uses systems and tools to ensure records and audit trails are clear and up to date 



  • Degree or equivalent level qualification in Engineering or significant vocational experience, demonstrating development through progressively more demanding, relevant roles

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: 20368