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Senior Technician

Institute Creative Innovation

Location:  University House
Salary:  £28,508 to £30,986 per annum pro rata
Fixed Term / Part Time (Until March 2020)
Closing Date:  Sunday 15 July 2018
Interview Date:  Monday 30 July 2018
Reference:  062018-292

STEAMhouse is a new innovation centre, production and makerspace which opened in Birmingham (UK) in May 2018. 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 associated with wood? 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 a Senior Technician to join a team of Senior Technicians working across Wood, Metal, Print and Digital to provide specialist expertise and professional understanding to ensure the successful management of STEAMhouse’s production workshop activity. You will have technical expertise acrosswoodwith 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 the four production workshops (Wood). 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 Programme Manager to manage the workshop equipment and will be involved in practical aspects equipment maintenance and the procurement of new equipment items and consumables.  You will also be involved with 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.

The position is part time.

For further information about this role please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification and the job role information sheet associated to the specific technician role you wish to apply for - available on our website. 

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

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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.
 
Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.


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