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Technician – Chemical Materials Design
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-017837

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/12/2021

Salary: £27,924 - £32,344 per annum depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Henry Royce Institute

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: 2 years in the first instance

School / Directorate: Faculty of Science & Engineering Research Institutes

The Henry Royce Institute (Royce), is an EPSRC-funded national institute. With its Hub at The University of Manchester, Royce has spokes at nine Partner and Associate organisations: the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Cranfield, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory. Royce, driven by a vision of ‘advanced materials for a sustainable society’, supports the UK in growing its world-leading research and innovation in advanced materials. Extending across nine floors, the new £105m Royce Hub Building in Manchester will foster world-class collaborative research as diverse as biomedical materials, digital fabrication and advanced metals processing. ​​​​​​​

Royce is seeking a Chemistry Technician to provide  high-quality technical support to research activities related to the Chemical Materials Design (CMD) research area, including within the laboratories of Royce’s Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub. Reporting to the Technical Project Manager, they will operate laboratory equipment and carry out experimental protocols associated with the synthesis/preparation, purification, processing and characterisation of sustainable (including polymers), composite and energy materials, as well as providing general chemistry laboratory support throughout the Royce Hub Building as required.

The post holder will be skilled at maintaining and operating the high-end experimental instrumentation used in processing, characterisation or testing of materials. They will require practical experience in at least one of the following material synthesis or characterisation techniques: gel permeation chromatography (including at high temperature), mechanical analysis of soft and hard materials, thermal analysis (of composites and semi-crystalline materials). A proactive and energetic approach is important, as is an ability to establish a good rapport with students, staff, external customers and visitors. A degree, or equivalent technical qualification, in a physical sciences discipline and/or significant experience of working in an equivalent laboratory environment is required.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered          

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Daniel Tate


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.