Cranfield University
graduate job
Expires5 days

Senior Technical Officer - Materials Characterisation

Job description

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) is a leading provider of postgraduate level engineering education, research and technology support to individuals and organisations. Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: ambition; impact; respect; and community. Each of our four values are supported by a high-level statement and framework to guide the way we behave and shape our decisions, to find out more please visit our website:

Our manufacturing and materials capabilities are unique; combining a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates design, technology and management expertise. We link fundamental materials research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of manufacturing research.

Cranfield have an exciting vacancy for a Senior Technical Officer - Materials Characterisation, with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) experience. This important role provides the vital technical support for the materials characterisation and research facilities on the Cranfield campus, an area which has recently received approval for significant investment. The role provides effective analysis services, assists with laboratory management and oversight in matters of both health and safety, environmental compliance and effective maintenance scheduling. It will also involve developing, controlling and managing budgets related to the operation.

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect, and realise their full potential. We particularly welcome female applicants and actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking. To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

As part of our commitment to support and develop technical staff across the University, we have now also become a founding signatory of the Science Council's Technician Commitment. This is a sector wide, collaborative initiative led by the Science Council and supported by the 'Technicians Make It Happen' campaign, to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research.

What we are looking for

You will need to be educated to HNC/D or higher in an engineering discipline and/or have relevant technical experience aligned to the candidate brief. As the post holder will manage users, suppliers and third parties as necessary to ensure safe and efficient operation of the laboratory facilities, strong organisational and communication skills are important. Also key are the abilities to use your own initiative, have a responsible attitude to both team and individual working, and be able to remain calm under pressure.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience of scanning electron microscopy and will help manage the operation of SEMs, and associated equipment, in support of research, liaising with students, researchers and academic staff.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

£33,309 - £37,127

How to apply

Apply online now or contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 2349. Please quote reference number 3223.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 17 December 2019

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Closing date:  5 January 2020

Expires5 days

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