Principal Technician (Sensing and Instrumentation)

Expiring today

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£29,176 - £34,804 per annum
02 Oct 2019
21 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Principal Technician (Sensing and Instrumentation)

Department of Engineering


Reference: NM20877

Applications are invited for a Sensing and Instrumentation Principal Technician to work in the new Civil Engineering Building, Division D based in West Cambridge.  This role is in the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC).  CSIC work with a number of industrial partners to develop and commercialise emerging technologies in sensor and data management (e.g. fibre optic sensing, wireless sensor networks).

The successful candidate will work closely with a team of researchers and will be responsible for developing and delivering highly specialist techniques.  This will involve working with others to deliver and design experiments; manufacture, develop, test and calibrate sensors and instrumentation; construct bespoke test rigs; setting up measurement and data logging systems for small and large scale specimens; advising on experimental procedures; and assisting with the installation of sensors on construction sites and full scale structures. The role-holder will prepare data reports, protocols, SOP, RAMS and user guides.

As part of this, the candidate will ideally be experienced in instrumentation and monitoring systems, data acquisition, e.g. Labview, familiar with Linux / OS X based systems, including Raspberry PI and software programming, e.g. Python, Matlab and/or R. 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 candidate will also provide training, guidance and specialist advice on laboratory techniques and safe systems of work to students, staff or external visitors 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/Degree in IT or Engineering or have completed a recognised apprenticeship in an engineering discipline. Good organisational and communication 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 30 June 2021 in the first instance.

Click apply below for further information and to download an application pack. 

Closing date: 21 October 2019

The closing date for applications is Monday, 21 October 2019.

Please quote reference NM20877 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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