Vacancy: Technician – Built and Natural Environment at University of Derby (closed)

By 19th January 2022 February 21st, 2022 Jobs

Technician – Built and Natural Environment

*This vacancy is now closed*

Reference: 0521-21

Location: University of Derby
Faculty / Function: College of Science and Engineering
Salary: £23,300 to £25,530 per annum
Closing Date:Sunday 13 February 2022
Contract Type: Permanent
Contracted Hours per week: Full Time

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for you to join our dedicated technical services team in the College of Science and Engineering. As a technician you will ensure the technical resources are deployed and developed to support the co-ordination, preparation and running of specialist classes and fieldwork for students studying the Built and Natural Environment. You will work closely with academic and technical teams and you’ll be required to support a range of activities including undergraduate projects, fieldwork, teaching, research and outreach activities whilst promoting good practice and ensuring safety compliance.  You will provide good opportunities to contribute to the strategic direction and evolving changes within the School of Built and Natural Environment.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Provide Technical support for practical classes and research in Built and Natural Environment.
  2. Help maintain the efficient operation and orderly appearance of the Discipline work areas, in particular the soil mechanics facility, Environmental field equipment and associated resources.
  3. Provide technical support in the areas of soil mechanics/testing and/or GIS remote sensing.
  4. Provide relevant technical assistance for student projects.
  5. Assist with supervision and training of trainee technicians.
  6. Construct and/or install new apparatus and equipment, maintain existing apparatus as appropriate.
  7. Help to maintain material stocks, spares etc. and report deficiencies to the Senior Technician.
  8. Demonstrate in relevant practical classes as required.
  9. Provide technical assistance to other areas of the College as required by the Technical Team Leader or Technical Manager.
  10. Undertake appropriate technician development programmes.
  11. Ensure local compliance with all relevant Health and Safety regulations and policies.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria


  • Degree or higher in Scientific discipline with specialism in Soil Mechanics and/or Remote Sensing/Environmental testing or equivalent experiential learning in a related subject


  • Demonstrable experience of providing technical support in a related scientific/environmental discipline.
  • Evidence of Technical support within a Built or Natural Environment science area.
  • Knowledge of using and maintaining equipment used in GIS/remote sensing and/or soil mechanics and testing.
  • Fieldwork experience related to the Built and Natural Environment.

Skills, knowledge & abilities

  • Ability to plan and monitor own workload operating both alone and as part of a team.
  • Working knowledge of relevant Health and Safety regulations.
  • Demonstrable high level of organisational and practical skills.

Business requirements

  • Attend field trips/residential or otherwise as agreed with the Technical Team Leader
  • Willingness and flexibility to travel and work between University and external sites in a cost effective and timely manner.

Desirable Criteria


  • Professional registration (e.g. Registered science Technician/Associate fellow of HE).
  • Experience of or ability to train as a Portable Appliance Tester
  • First aid training
  • Health and Safety Qualification or evidence of training.


  • Experience working in a soil mechanics facility or related experience.
  • Experience/training in GIS/RS, GPS, GPR, Drone usage.
  • Analytical skills relating to soil and water testing.
  • Demonstrable IT skills (e.g. CAD)

Skills, knowledge and abilities

  • Knowledge of soil mechanics and related skills.
  • Knowledge and skills related to drone usage and management.
  • Knowledge and skills related to Environmental monitoring and analysis.


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.