Principal Technician (Robotics) [Maternity Cover]

Updated: about 22 hours ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Deadline: 27 May 2021

This post presents an opportunity for someone with extremely strong technical skills to work with Dr John Orr and his research group ( ) in the Department Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge on the "Automating Concrete Construction (ACORN)" research project.

ACORN is funded under the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund "Transforming Construction". The project aims to develop innovative tools and techniques to optimise the shape, layout and structure of buildings. ACORN will build on the computational expertise of its team, who have developed innovative digital tools and techniques to optimise the shape, layout and structure of buildings during the design phase, to extend these approaches downstream into the building process and encompass fabrication with the latest in robotic technology. The novelty here lies in the creation of integrated end-to end digital processes to automate the design and manufacture of non-prismatic building elements.

Applications are invited for a Robotics Principal Technician to work in the new Civil Engineering Building, Division D based in West Cambridge. The successful candidate will develop processes for the formation of concrete using multi axis robotics to automate concrete construction methods. Prior experience in concrete construction would be advantageous but is not a necessity. A desire to try new things, to find out what works (and what doesn't) and to learn quickly on the job, are essential skills.

The post is overseen by Dr Orr, and will report day to day to the Laboratory Manager. The successful candidate will work closely with a team of researchers and will be responsible for developing and delivering highly specialist techniques and processes for the fabrication of advanced construction devices. As part of this, the candidate will ideally be experienced in robotics; CAD, data acquisition and software programming, e.g. Labview, C++ and the design and use of concrete products or masonry construction techniques.

The candidate will also provide training, guidance and specialist advice on laboratory techniques and safe systems of work to students and staff who will use this facility to conduct research. This will also include oversight for ensuring that appropriate safety procedures are followed in the laboratory.

Applicants should be educated to HNC or have completed a recognised apprenticeship in an engineering discipline. You should be able to design, specify and manufacture, as appropriate, a range of mechanical parts/systems to a high degree of precision. Good organisational skills are essential, together with the ability to understand and explain diverse technical and design problems to staff and students.

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term until 31 March 2022 or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR Office ( ).

Please quote reference NM26302 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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