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                                                  Job Ref: S-579584
Faculty: Science and Engineering, School of Environmental Sciences

Salary: £26,004 pa                                                                 Location: University Campus

Tenure: Until 30 June 2015                                                         Hours of work: Full-Time

Grade: 6                                                                           Interview Date: To be confirmed

                                      Closing Date 22 August 2012
            Informal enquiries to Dr Dan Faulkner on 0151 794 5184, email: faulkner@liv.ac.uk

Application Procedure
Applications should comprise a completed Application Form for Support Staff and an Equal Opportunities
Employment Form.
If you have any particular requirements should you be invited to interview, please make this clear in your

Submitting Applications
Applications may be submitted by e-mail to jobs@liv.ac.uk or by post or in person to: The Director of Human
Resources (Recruitment), The University of Liverpool, Hart Building, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ

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Acknowledgement of Applications
Please note that we are unable to acknowledge postal applications. If you would like an acknowledgement
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Shortlisting and Interviews
Shortlisting and interview arrangements are the responsibility of the recruiting Department. Please contact
Professor Richard Worden on 0151 794 5184, email: r.worden@liv.ac.uk if you have a query after the
closing date.

Outcome of Applications
Vacancies at the University often attract a large number of candidates and it is not always possible to respond
individually to every application. If you have not heard from the recruiting Department by mid September 2012
please take it that your application has not been successful.

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to provide documentary evidence of their legal right to work in this country prior to commencing employment.
Candidates will be required to bring their passport (and visa if applicable) to interview so that it can be copied
and verified by a member of the Selection Panel.

For support staff vacancies, it is not likely that the University would be able to make a successful application
for a Certificate of Sponsorship. For this type of post, it is unlikely that we would be able to appoint an
individual who is not currently eligible to work in the UK.

Further information about Certificate of Sponsorship and eligibility to work in the UK, can be found at:

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Role Description and Employee Specification
The attached Role Description outlines the duties and responsibilities of the position, and highlights the skills
and attributes which the post-holder would need to develop whilst in post.

The Employee/Person Specification outlines the criteria to be used in the selection process. Applicants are
advised to concentrate in their applications on demonstrating how they meet the selection criteria.

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                            RESEARCH TECHNICIAN (MECHANICAL)
                                        GRADE 6


You will be the sole technician in a research laboratory. The role will require the conceptualization, design
and manufacture of complex small to medium mechanical components using workshop mechanical
equipment. Additionally, designing and drawing up larger, complex mechanical components on computer
aided design software for manufacture in larger workshops outside the research laboratory will be needed.
You will maintain equipment in the laboratory and design new components to help improve the existing
facilities. The success of the project depends on your ability to assess the feasibility of mechanical solutions
to achieve desired outcomes and to work with academic colleagues to conceptualise, design and
manufacture these solutions.


      Provide an effective and efficient mechanical technical service within the University for staff and
      Work in a safe manner adhering to local and legal requirements
      Ensure the implementation of a safe working environment using good working practices in line with
       relevant legal requirements and advise others in the laboratory of these practices
      Communicate with and advise academics, academic related staff, and visitors on research-related
       mechanical applications
      Supervision of other technical staff as appropriate
      Assist and advise academic and research staff in the conceptualisation, design and feasibility of
       complex mechanical equipment to deliver desired outcomes. Interpret concepts, and translate them
       into functioning equipment:

           o   Where components designed in the laboratory cannot be manufactured within the University,
               you will identify specialist outside facilities, commission and oversee projects involving liaison
               at a highly skilled technical level and oversee component manufacture to ensure that it is
               completed successfully, within budget and to the required deadlines

      Supervision of the running of a workshop providing a service for a research group, the scheduling
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        and planning of work and general maintenance of quality standards

       Instruct the existing staff in the laboratory of the mechanical feasibility of new designs and
        manufacture of components for bespoke laboratory equipment. You will also be expected to instruct
        and supervise PhD students, post-doctoral research associates and visitors in the use of the
        mechanical components of the laboratory’s high pressure - high temperature deformation apparatus
       Consult with and advise academic staff and research students on the use, technique and application
        of instruments (e.g. high voltage, mechanical, vacuum and electronic apparatus or the application of
        instruments to analytical, purification, extraction problems, etc)
       Maintain adequate stock levels within existing guidelines

Reports To:          Dr D R Faulkner and Professor R H Worden, Mr P J Armitage


       Using initiative and problem-solving techniques:

           o   Design and manufacture of complex mechanical components for use in a research
               laboratory. Duties will involve the use of mechanical workshop equipment and additionally
               may involve welding, sheet metal work and use of cutting and polishing equipment
           o   Testing and fault diagnosis of equipment and the checking and maintenance of machine tools
               and workshop items
           o   Design and manufacture of bespoke systems and components to enhance the existing state-
               of-the-art facilities
           o   Liaison and networking with specialist outside facilities to commission and oversee projects

       Checking the maintenance and cleanliness of tools, apparatus and general workshop tidiness
        ensuring a clean and tidy work environment is maintained at all times
       Providing advice to academic staff and research students on the use, technique and application of
        instruments (e.g. high voltage, mechanical, vacuum and electronic apparatus, or the application of
        instruments to analytical, purification, extraction problems, etc)
       Communicating advice to academics and academic related staff on laboratory issues
       The conceptualisation, design and drawing of mechanical components on standard CAD software
       Take full responsibility for investigating capabilities elsewhere in the University with a view to
        collaborating with technical colleagues in order to deliver a bespoke service with the School of
        Environmental Sciences
       Maintaining adequate stock levels within policies laid down
       Working in a safe and responsible manner according to University and Departmental codes of
       Provision of periodic progress / maintenance reports to the lead academic as appropriate

Departmental role specific duties are listed under Extra Factual Data

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      You will have organisational and supervisory skills with the ability to apply a breadth and/or
       depth of experience, showing full working knowledge and proficiency of own area of expertise
       You will act as a point of reference to others and demonstrates continuous specialist
       development, acquiring and refining skills and expertise in new or related areas through
       undertaking and encouraging internal/external development activity
      The ability to produce a high level of quality and quantity of work with the use of good sensory
       and physical co-ordination within the requirements of the job
      Computer skills: Excellent use of AutoCAD or similar, University and other computer software as
      Qualifications: Advanced level BTEC in an Engineering-related discipline


      Dependable and reliable
      An interest in developing the applications of unique mechanical equipment to solve scientific
       research problems, and an understanding of how this might be achieved
      Good personal organisation, competence to organise others
      Possession of the basic knowledge, skill and experience required for the job and the ability to
       use these to discharge the role effectively and efficiently
      Good interpersonal skills: ability to both convey and understand communication with fellow
       workers and have a willingness to coach, develop and instruct other team members thus
       ensuring that a degree of knowledge and co-operation is achieved at all times
      Ability to prioritise work to meet set deadlines
      Ability to work as part of a team
      Proficiency to handle confidential matters expeditiously
      Ability to make decisions and act on them independently


The School of Environmental Sciences wishes to appoint a time-served mechanical workshop
technician to join a small team of researchers in its rock deformation laboratory. The funding for this
research comes from a combination of sources; BP Alternative Energy International Limited and the
Natural Environment Research Council.

The rock deformation laboratory uses high pressure equipment to simulate the conditions within the
earth’s crust and measure the mechanical and other physical properties of rocks under these
conditions. All the equipment in the laboratory is designed and purpose-built from scratch by members
of the laboratory.

You will also be expected to assist with the day-to-day running of the laboratory and its associated

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 equipment. Training will be given for key activities as and when they are required for the successful
 completion of the project.

Manual Handling

The post involves bending, stretching and the manual handling of loads up to 15kg. A system to control the
risks is in place. Appointment will be subject to Occupational Health screening.



       The Occupational Pension Scheme associated with this appointment is the Universities Superannuation
       Scheme (USS).

       Full particulars of the scheme can be obtained, on request, from the Director of Human Resources.

       An acceptance of this appointment will be taken as an application to join USS and have the appropriate
       contributions deducted from salary unless the Director of Human Resources is expressly notified in
       writing either before commencing employment, within three months of that date or on expiry of three
       months notice, that the appointee intends to make his or her own pension arrangements.

       Should the appointee decide to make his or her own personal pension arrangements, the University will
       not contribute to the personal arrangement. No other form of supplementation of pension benefits will be
       available from the University.

       It may be possible for a newly appointed member of staff who has not been in USS to have his or her
       accrued benefits from his or her former pension scheme transferred to the USS. In such a case, USS
       will be asked to investigate a transfer payment and will provide, on actuarial advice, a proposal for a
       number of years' credit in USS which such payment would secure. The member of staff is at liberty
       either to accept this or elect to deal with his or her accrued benefits as determined by the rules of his or
       her former scheme.

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                                               EMPLOYEE SPECIFICATION – Shortlisting Criteria

Post Title: Research Technician Grade 6                                                                                              Salary: £26,004 pa

Faculty: Science and Engineering, School of Environmental Sciences                                                                   Job Ref: S-579584

       Attributes            No.                          Essential Criteria                                                    Desirable Criteria
                                              (Identified from – Application form/CV/Supporting                     (Identified from – Application form/CV/Supporting
                                                        Statement/Interview/References)                                       Statement/Interview/References)

1.    EXPERIENCE             1.1    Use of mechanical workshop equipment                                   Use of materials testing equipment
                             1.2    Design of mechanical components using AutoCAD or similar

2.   EDUCATION               2.1    BTEC Higher Level in Engineering (Mechanical) or related               Advanced Diploma in Engineering and Technology
     QUALIFICATIONS                 subject (or equivalent)                                                (Mechanical)

3.   SKILLS, GENERAL         3.1    Excellent interpersonal, verbal and communication skills               Knowledge of high pressure systems
                             3.2    Computer-literate with knowledge of Microsoft                 Office

4.    PERSONAL               4.1    Able to work to deadlines                                              Ability to explain use of scientific equipment to team and other
      ATTRIBUTES AND         4.2    Enthusiasm and initiative                                              workers
                             4.3    Ability to plan and organise own work with reference to others
                             4.4    Evidence of self motivation and drive
                             4.5    Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
                             4.6    Ability to make decisions and act on them independently
                             4.7    Ability to liaise with others

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