University of Bath

University of Bath

Technical Specialist - Automotive & Student Teams (FM11706)

United Kingdom

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Job title Technical Specialist - Automotive & Student Teams

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £29,605, rising to £36,024

Grade Grade 6

Contract Type Full Time, Open Ended

Placed on Wednesday 15 May 2024

Closing date Wednesday 29 May 2024

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference FM11706

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About the role:

The primary focus of this role is to work in the Automotive Labs team, providing a technical service to the engine test cells, MSc Automotive courses and to assist with our chassis dyno facility as required.

The role will involve coordinating and undertaking the building and maintaining of bespoke experimental facilities, preparing and instrumenting engines, turbochargers, electric motors and other components for use on current and future rigs.

You will provide staff and students of the labs with skilled technical support for the design and manufacture of unique devices and the repair, modification and construction of new and existing equipment and the manufacture of new components.

You'll be responsible for:

  • Allocation of routine tasks and/or project work
  • Providing direction, support and guidance as necessary, in line with individuals' skills and abilities
  • Monitoring progress against agreed quality and performance criteria
  • Facilitating effective working relationships between team members
  • A secondary aspect of the role will also include technical support to the student teams in the department, including the electric racing car, motorbike, drone & rocket teams – these teams have a high profile, & are often involved in prestigious international competitions.

    You may also assist in the aerospace, structural testing and composites fields - full training in these areas will be provided as needed, plus ongoing support from the technical staff already in these areas.

    About you:

    Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience or qualifications in a relevant field
  • Served a recognised apprenticeship in a lab, toolroom, workshop or manufacturing environment
  • Post-apprenticeship experience in an automotive environment
  • Experience in welding (TIG/MIG) is desirable, in order to support the automotive labs, student teams & the wider faculty. Experience of CAD/CAM would be advantageous but isn't essential.

    As this is a student-facing role, you will need to be confident working with and communicating with a diverse student population. All technical staff are responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for students and colleagues.

    Further information:

    This position is offered on a full time, permanent basis. For an informal discussion about the role please contact:

  • Julian Sulley, Director of Technical Services, at [email protected]
  • Chris Carey, Technical Manager, at [email protected]
  • James Burge, Technical Supervisor, at [email protected]
  • Please ensure you submit your application via our website.

    What we can offer you:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.
  • Find out more about our benefits.

    We consider ourselves to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

    We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

    Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

    Further details:
  • Job Description & Person Specification

  • Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

    Job details


    Technical Specialist - Automotive & Student Teams (FM11706)


    University of Bath


    United Kingdom


    May 16, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 29, 2024

    Job type



    Engineering,Space Science

    About the employer

    Situated in Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom, University of Bath is a public university that received its royal charter in 1966. The University of Bath has been consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the UK and is known for its expertise in research and teaching. In 2004, the university launched the SET squared Partnership with the universities of Bristol, Southampton, and Surrey. This is the largest partnership ever, comprises of a combined staff of 6,400 researchers, and has a research budget of £266 million.

    The university is known for its four faculties: management, science, humanities and social science, and engineering and design. The university has been recognized for its excellence in research facilities and according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 87 percent of the university's research has been defined as world-leading. Notably, the university's research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people won a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. The university's research grants and contracts portfolio is worth around £150 million.

    The university constantly finishes at the top of student satisfaction rankings and excelling in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology. It was also awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Because of its high-quality teaching, Bath's graduates are highly sought after by the UK's top employers.

    In 2004, Bath University invested in creating a sports training village, which has emerged as one of the best training centers for athletes in Europe. In 2013, the University became a founder member of GW4, an alliance of universities sharing intellectual and physical resources. Also, in the same year, the university opened a block of 75 flats for students living on campus. In 2012, the university began a three-year campus improvement project to improvise and expand student accommodation, teaching space, and a £10million arts centre. The university has invested over £450 million on its campus over the last decade.

    In 2015, the university inaugurated a specialized area for arts, education, and events. The University of Bath has a well-built infrastructure with all the essential facilities and amenities a student will require. The university gives equal focus on sports and offers one of the best sports facilities in the UK. The university-based athletes won six medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Almost one-fourth of the students enrolled are from outside the UK, so, the university offers a perfect internationally diverse experience. Airbus, World Bank, Nike, Ford, and Rolls Royce are some of the industry leaders, which collaborate with the university.

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