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Technician (STEAMhouse) x4

Institute Creative Innovation

Location:  University House
Salary:  £28,031 to £30,468 per annum
Fixed Term until September 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 21 May 2017
Interview Date:  Tuesday 06 June 2017
Reference:  042017-100

STEAMhouse is a new innovation centre, production and makerspace which will open in Birmingham (UK) in autumn 2017. STEAMhouse will demonstrate how arts and creativity can be combined with disciplines in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEAM) to drive innovation, skills, research and economic growth.

Are you an experienced technician with a strong track record of delivering projects to successful completion? Can you evidence the technical skills required to support individuals accessing workshop facilities across wood, digital, print or metal? Do you have a good understanding of the support skills required to facilitate SME’s to develop and prototype ideas for new products and can you demonstrate an awareness of collaborative maker spaces?

We are looking for 4 Senior Technicians to provide specialist expertise and professional understanding to ensure the successful management of STEAMhouse’s  production workshop activity. You will have technical expertise across either wood, digital, print or metal with a wide range of production techniques and will work with STEAMhouse users to help them prototype ideas and develop innovative new products. You will actively engage in research by working with users to develop new production techniques, test innovative ways to use materials and processes and explore collaborative/open approaches to product development.

You will approve use of the STEAMhouse production workshops and will assist SME’s with the production of prototypes as part of their business planning process. The postholder will work across the Challenge and Open Access Routes, delivering high-level technical expertise in making, prototyping, craft, design and informed experimentation; produce business action plans with SME’s; support the development of products in the production workshops; liaise with the STEAMhouse Directors, STEAMhouse Manager, Challenge Workshop Broker, Creative Director, technical Manager and the wider staff team to ensure all STEAMhouse’s programmes are delivered and monitored effectively.

The role will have overall responsibility for the management of one of 4 production workshops (Digital, Wood, Metal, Print). You will work with SME users and provide expertise in a wide range of production techniques allowing them to make use of resources across the facility. The postholder will work with the Creative Director and Technical Manager to manage the specification of workshop equipment and will be involved in practical dimensions of the refit of the building including coordinating the fit out of the workshops, scheduling installation of equipment and managing in-house production of furniture and fittings where specified.

This post is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) resources and partially funded by Arts Council England. The position is full time.

For further information about these roles please see the below job description and additional information. As part of your application please outline the production area you are interested in and ensure you upload a CV and Cover Letter. You are advised, where possible, to remove personal details from your CV and Cover Letter such as your name.

Interviews will take place on 6th and 7th June 2017 and shortlisted candidates will be expected to undertake a short presentation during the interview.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:
Please note that this role is not capable of sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.
Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.  We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.
Birmingham City University holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and promotes the advancement of gender equality through Representation, Progression and Success for All. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


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