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Support Staff

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £25,217 to £30,046 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 12 October 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1291420PN

A mechanical support technician is required to join a small technical team, to provide practical assistance to research staff and students within the Optical Research Centre (ORC) and Zepler Institute (ZI).  The work will involve the design and manufacture of components for use in the optical labs, services installation and maintenance within the labs, and compliance checking and reporting. There will also be the installation, repair and construction of experimental rigs, and electrical safety testing.

The ideal candidate will have a skill level equivalent to achievement of HNC, A-Level, NVQ3 or completed a recognised apprenticeship or have a good amount of experience in a similar type role, and have strong mechanical skills with (at least some) electrical appreciation. 

Full training will be provided.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please contact Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on Please quote reference 1291420PN on all correspondence.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the Zepler Institute. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position.  We value diversity and inclusion at the University and aspire for our staff population to be broadly representative of our community.   In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze.   We gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities along with other benefits such as the cycle to work scheme.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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