Job offer in england Mechatronics Systems Technician at National Oceanography Centre

About the role: We seek an enthusiastic Mechatronics Systems Technician to support the further innovation and development of microfluidic sensor systems that are deployed in the deep sea and other harsh environments (such as subglacial lakes and inland waters). This robust autonomous technology has wide applications in environmental science but also in industry and medical applications. You will join an existing team of forty research staff, engineering staff and graduate students equipped with world class fabrication, testing and design facilities together with instrumentation and analytical laboratories and access to sea going and polar research logistics.

You will support the manufacture and assembly of cutting-edge robust microfluidic sensing systems in a research & development environment.  The work performed in this role will be varied and will include micromachining, optics and electronics assembly, basic chemical preparation and assisting with sensor deployments.  You will be expected to become familiar with high-tech fabrication processes, such as micromilling, laser cutting, 3D printing and circuit assembly. 

We are seeking someone who is familiar with, or willing to learn a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary technical skills.  Experience of microscale engineering would be an advantage but is not essential. We are willing to train able engineers for specialist skills as required. As you develop more familiarity with the technology, you will be encouraged to suggest and implement process improvements as well as provide feedback and suggestions to the system designers.  You will work closely with OTEG’s Electrical, Mechanical, Multidisciplinary and Analytical Science teams and you will be expected to share your experience with and offer support to these teams to maintain a fully integrated development group. Similarly you will take full advantage of the wider expertise in the group to enhance your own work and knowledge.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, for three years, offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.

About you: You will have experience of providing practical technical support for the manufacture, assembly and testing of sensors and systems. An HNC or degree or equivalent experience in engineering, mechanics or electronics is essential. Experience of micromechanical systems or environmental sensors would be advantageous but is not required. You will have a broad spectrum of technical skills and have a flexible approach, demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex problems and to quickly master new techniques. 

What we can offer you: In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including an RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free on-site car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Robin Pascal (

How to apply:  All applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC240306. Please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Closing date: 26th March 2017


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