Vacancy Type/Job category
£27,929 - £31,411 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
2 x Positions, Indefinite - Linked to funding
Previous candidates need not apply.
Do you have substantial experience gained from working within an engineering development environment?
Could you provide guidance and supervision to the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) users in the development of new experimental test procedures and fabrication of specialised experimental apparatus and tooling?
WMG is a vibrant, cutting-edge research institution at the University of Warwick, with a state of the art Battery Testing and Characterisation Laboratory, based in our Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), and additional facilities based at Wellesbourne. Activities conducted in the laboratories involve high energy batteries e.g., Lithium-ion cells and very high voltage, high power battery systems. Ideally, we are looking for Technicians who are trained as ‘Senior Authorised Person' and authorised to act as ‘Person in Charge' for high voltage ‘live working' activities (as defined in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989), but this training can be given if required.
The ideal candidates will have extensive skills in the use of specialist equipment (such as Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy test equipment, battery cyclers, battery testing/conditioning, thermal imaging, fitting, fabrication, tab welding, soldering etc). These roles will have their time split between Warwick campus and Wellesbourne.
In return, we can offer a stimulating interesting work environment, as well of the benefits of working within a highly regarded organisation.
We will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 26 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.
At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.
Interview Date: TBC.
To provide technical support for students, academics, researchers and other staff within WMG. To engage with technicians, academics, researchers, students and any other organisation as required.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Working autonomously, to utilise an extensive range of equipment within the battery testing and characterisation laboratory within the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) on behalf of both internal and external customers to achieve the required experimental test outcomes. Such equipment includes cell, module and pack level battery cycling equipment (including high voltage systems), thermal test chambers and Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) equipment. To liaise with customers on test outcomes providing test data, feedback and recommendations as required. To be responsible for inventory management and the movement of all test artefacts used within the facility including goods-inwards checks, storage, periodic state-of-health and safety checks, and finally disposal.
2. To ensure that health and safety legislation and local H&S procedures and directives are adhered to by external customers, staff and students utilising the facilities. To provide H&S supervision for those working in the battery testing and characterisation laboratory and guidance in the use of relevant risk assessments, safe systems of work and COSHH information.
3. To be the primary point of contact for both internal and external customers, providing support and guidance in the development of new experimental test procedures, fabrication of specialised experimental apparatus and tooling. To consult and liaise with academics, students and other WMG staff on the design, manufacture and use of apparatus and equipment to meet required technical specifications and achieve high levels of customer satisfaction.
4. To provide skills and competency training and initial supervision of new users and students on the use of battery testing and characterisation equipment within the battery testing and characterisation laboratory. To provide support for teaching activities such as student practical laboratory sessions and student projects, providing advice and guidance on the feasibility of design and manufacture with regards to experimental apparatus and equipment.
5. To develop and implement a planned preventative maintenance schedule for a diverse range of specialised equipment and apparatus (inclusive of major student projects), in order to minimise down time and sustain research and teaching activities, taking into account current legislation, cost and impact on users. If an equipment fault occurs, diagnose and resolve the problem liaising with the equipment supplier and support centres as required to resolve the problem in the most cost effective and timely manner.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
Successfully completed an Engineering Apprenticeship encompassing an ONC (Level 3) or HNC (level4) qualification. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Qualification or relevant experience in a related engineering discipline. (a)
Essential Criteria 3
Substantial experience within an engineering development environment. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 4
High skill level in use of specialised test equipment including impedance meters, Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy test equipment, battery cyclers, battery testing/conditioning, thermal imaging, fitting, fabrication, tab welding, soldering. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 5
Experience of forward planning to anticipate equipment/tooling requirements. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 6
Design and drawing skills using various state of the art CAD/CAM packages. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 7
Excellent communication skills both written and verbal. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 8
Conversant with Microsoft Office software. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 9
Excellent interpersonal skills to ensure competent customer interface. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 10
A high degree of flexibility will be required to ensure that a ‘can do' attitude is adopted allowing for a rapid response to the changing needs of both academic and industry led research. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 11
Ability to provide competency training, direction, guidance and advice to other technical, research, academic staff and students to provide assistance in their understanding of processes and H&S policy. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 12
Ability to plan and undertake own work with the minimum of supervision. (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Qualified as Senior Authorised Person (SAP). (a)
Desirable Criteria 2
Qualified for high voltage ‘Live Working'. (a)
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14 Feb 2023