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Technician (Instrumentation)

Requisition ID:  24922

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  11-Jan-2023


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: £23,144 to £24,285 with progression to £26,396 per annum


Closing Date: 09 February 2023


The Role


Do you have an Electrical/Electronic and/or Instrumentation Engineering background? If so, we want to hear from you. 


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join a team of Mechanical and Instrumentation Technicians, supporting our laboratories, facilities and associated equipment within the Discipline of Marine Technology within the School of Engineering. 


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 90 technicians employed within the School of Engineering working on our campuses and off-site facilities across the Northeast 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.
For more information about the School of Engineering, and our Marine unit, please click here.


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 a full-time basis (37 hours per week) and is open-ended, tenable from 1st Mach 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.


For informal queries regarding the role or the project, please contact Ian Howard-Row, Technical Team Leader, via email: 


Key Accountabilities

  • To monitor the satisfactory operation of workshop and laboratory machinery equipment and instruments, reporting any defects to the relevant senior technician or technical team leader. Carry out preventive maintenance of machinery,  equipment and instruments in the relevant workshop and laboratory areas. Operation and operational maintenance of machinery, equipment and instruments for research and teaching purposes
  • To support the operation of the workshops and laboratories to ensure effective use and availability for teaching and research. Assistance in the training of academic, technical and research staff, postgraduate and undergraduate project students in specific techniques and the use and application of machinery, equipment and instruments
  • To determine workshop and laboratory requirements, and ensure adequate availability of materials and equipment for workshop and laboratory activities that the post-holder is supporting; and for initiating purchase orders to ensure sufficient stocks of these items
  • To be responsible for keeping up to date with relevant  Health and Safety legislation, codes of practice and regulations ensuring safe handling, storage and disposal of materials in accordance with local rules and legal requirements, including risk assessments and any other stautory or local safety arrangements
  • To contribute to regular team meetings, health and safety meetings and workshop and laboratory audits
  • To consult with academic, senior technical, research staff and students to design, manufacture, make and construct electrical and electronic components and specialist one off test apparatus for use in the research and teaching laboratories
  • To construct and modify apparatus and instruments from verbal instructions and blue prints to a high degree of accuracy using standard and specialist workshop equipment and techniques to ensure the completion of experimental projects
  • Planning and progress of work after consultation with academic, senior technical and research staff and the provision of assistance to staff in the development, construction and application of equipment and instruments
  • To assist academic, senior technical, research staff and students in the selection of materials and components in the development and manufacture of projects. To keep records of materials and components used, details and specifications of drawings used and any technical data acquired during the development of any project
  • The testing and fault diagnosis of equipment and apparatus using precision testing equipment, maintaining up to date records
  • Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Relevant post apprenticeship work experience in a relevant technical role
  • Thorough working knowledge of relevant Health and Safety procedures, and experience of safe waste management within a workshop or laboratory environment
  • Excellent team working and communication skills
  • Demonstrates technical and problem solving capability
  • Demonstrates good organising ability to meet deadlines with a positive and proactive approach to duties and attention to detail
  • Contribute to design and specification of technical and laboratory equipment to support teaching and research activities
  • Flexible attitude and the ability to adapt to changes both in  workload priorities and working locations
  • Experience of working in an Electrical and/or Electronic Workshop and Laboratory environment, and using electrical and/or electronic instrumentation, tools and equipment


  • BS 7671 Wiring Regulations Certified (Electrical posts Essential)

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.


  • National Certificate in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering (or Equivalent Level 3 Qualification) or equivalent relevant technical experience.


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



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: 24922