Principal Technician (Robotics)

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£28,660-£34,189 pro rata
15 Mar 2019
11 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Part-time Principal Technician (Robotics)

Department of Engineering

£28,660-£34,189 pro rata

Reference: NM18432

This post presents a rare opportunity for someone with extremely strong technical skills to work with Dr John Orr and his research group ( in the Department Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge on a newly funded research project "Automating Concrete Construction (ACORN)".

ACORN is funded under the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund "Transforming Construction". The project aims to develop innovative tools and techniques to optimise the shape, layout and structure of buildings. ACORN will build on the computational expertise of its team, who have developed innovative digital tools and techniques to optimise the shape, layout and structure of buildings during the design phase, to extend these approaches downstream into the building process and encompass fabrication with the latest in robotic technology. The novelty here lies in the creation of integrated end-to end digital processes to automate the design and manufacture of non-prismatic building elements.

Applications are invited for a part-time Robotics Principal Technician to work in the new Civil Engineering Building, Division D based in West Cambridge.  The successful candidate will develop processes for the formation of concrete using multi axis robotics to automate concrete construction methods. Prior experience in concrete construction would be advantageous but is not a necessity. A desire to try new things, to find out what works (and what doesn't) and to learn quickly on the job, are essential skills.

The post is overseen by Dr Orr, and will report day to day to the Laboratory Manager. The successful candidate will work closely with a team of researchers and will be responsible for developing and delivering highly specialist techniques and processes for the fabrication of advanced construction devices. As part of this, the candidate will ideally be experienced in robotics; CAD, data acquisition and software programming, e.g. Labview, C++ and the design and use of concrete products or masonry construction techniques.

The candidate will also provide training, guidance and specialist advice on laboratory techniques and safe systems of work to students and staff who will use this facility to conduct research. This will also include oversight for ensuring that appropriate safety procedures are followed in the laboratory.

Applicants should be educated to HNC or have completed a recognised apprenticeship in an engineering discipline. You should be able to design, specify and manufacture, as appropriate, a range of mechanical parts/systems to a high degree of precision. Good organisational skills are essential, together with the ability to understand and explain diverse technical and design problems to staff and students.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2021 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit the website.

Closing date: 24 April 2019

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR Office (, +44 (0) 1223 332615).

Please quote reference NM18432 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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