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Job title: Research Technician

School/Support Department: Engineering

Job Purpose

Provide technical support for the IMPACT research project and assistance with all relevant activities undertaken in the Scottish Microelectronics Centre (SMC).

Main Responsibilities Approx. % of time

1. Provide the IMPACT research project with technical support associated with the development of processes, materials and packaging for the production of the sensors system and any other peripheral elements of the system. 60%

2. Undertake appropriate maintenance and repair (including recording of equipment faults, diagnosis and corrective actions) for the micro-fabrication process equipment and supporting facilities so that equipment reliability and performance is optimised. Ensure that equipment is running to specification and can be released for general access. 10%

3. Assist as required with the fabrication of microsystems and related technologies for projects within SMC to agreed standards and timescales. 10%

4. To instruct and assist staff/students in equipment use, whilst ensuring a safe working environment, by proactively assessing risks in any work environment, and by assisting staff/students with maintaining appropriate Health and Safety standards in the SMC. To liaise with the appropriate personnel to ensure safety is not compromised and that other users of the facility are aware of any issues that would affect their activities. 10%

5. To document process recipes and equipment operation / instructions etc. to support the operation and training in the SMC. Backup of process recipes etc. on equipment. Ensure all cleanroom users complete equipment log books for each process run and compile reports on equipment usage. 5%

6. To support the operational requirements of the SMC as directed by the Cleanroom Manager. 5%

Planning and Organising

The Cleanroom Manager will provide outline guidance on priority, materials and any other relevant information. Work allocated may range from short duration (e.g. one hour) to longer duration depending on the task complexity. Advice from the Cleanroom Manager is available if required.

The post holder should be able to:
• Carry out work on own initiative and be pro-active,
• Set deadlines as necessary, consulting with relevant staff as appropriate,
• Have a high degree of flexibility and responsiveness,
• Make decisions independently when appropriate,
• Assist with the specification and purchasing of equipment and material.

Problem Solving

The post-holder should be pro-active in ensuring that any equipment/facilities/process related issues/malfunctions are addressed, and if requiring significant resource, are brought to the attention of their line-manager.

After tasks have been allocated to the post holder
• Convert outline goals into realistic solutions.
• React daily to queries and problems raised by postgraduate students and staff (Independently with guidance from line management as necessary).
• Investigate, determine root cause and resolve where possible, equipment malfunctions such as with process and facilities equipment (Independently with guidance from line management as necessary).

Decision Making

Independent: (With advice from Line Management)
• How to complete assigned tasks, e.g. how to operate and/or repair the process equipment to achieve the required specifications.
• Determination of the causes, and the solution, when equipment malfunctions.
• Assessment of safety in the completion of tasks, e.g. competence of a students and staff to work on equipment, assessing their own safe working practices, etc.
• When to refer to other staff, suppliers or customers for additional guidance or to feedback issues about design and fabrication, using their own specialist knowledge and experience.
Referred to Line Management:
• When significant issues/difficulties arise and/or significant unforeseen costs are involved,
• When additional equipment malfunctions to determine whether priorities should be modified.

Key Contacts/Relationships

• Operations Manager for line management, allocation of work and advice/assistance with projects.
• Technical support team, to effectively support and meet the teaching and research objectives.
• Communication with staff at all levels, students (home and overseas) and external contacts.
• IMPACT investigators who provide outline guidance on the task objectives and information.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Educated to higher education level in relevant subjects (e.g. HNC/HND in electronic/ electrical engineering or associated discipline), with significant relevant work experience in a related technical or scientific field with:

Essential

• Experience of the operation and maintenance of complex electro-mechanical systems.
• Sound knowledge of fault diagnosis, maintenance and repair of complex electro-mechanical systems (hardware and software) and facilities.
• Ability to produce documentation such as Standard Operating Procedures.
• Sound working knowledge of common computer software such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and Outlook).
• A highly flexible approach and an ability to work on multiple tasks, often to tight timelines.
• Excellent communication skills.

Desirable

• Experience of the operation and applications of semiconductor/microsystems processing equipment.
• Knowledge and experience of working with maintenance systems including developing and implementing planned maintenance schedules.
• Ability to contribute to the technology associated with packaging of implanted devices.
• Experience of capital procurement including production of specifications and vendor selection.
• Familiarity with Health and Safety regulations and the production of risk assessments.
• Experience of using CAD software and a willingness to learn new applications.

Dimensions

• Customer base: 16 academic staff, 20 research staff and approximately 50 post-graduate students.
• Number of direct reports: 0
• Indirect reports: 0

Job Context and any other relevant information

The work is part of the Implanted Microsystems for Personalised Cancer Treatment (IMPACT) Project The equipment and facilities are highly sophisticated with sub-micron lithography, high vacuum, RF power supplies, complex gas distribution systems, DI water generation, high temperature furnaces, plasma based systems, microprocessor controlled systems, etc. all in a high risk environment (total value £10M).

Semiconductor / microsystems technology is continually changing and expanding, so the post holder would be expected to keep up to date with relevant advances, new processes and equipment.

Qualifications/Training

Essential

HNC/HND (or equivalent) in a relevant subject e.g. electronic/electrical engineering or associated discipline.

Essential

• Proven track record working in a scientific or technical role operating and maintaining complex electro-mechanical systems.

Desirable

• Proven track record over a number of years working in a responsible role maintaining complex electro-mechanical systems such as semiconductor or MEMS equipment.

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

Essential

• Sound knowledge of fault diagnosis, maintenance and repair of complex electro-mechanical systems (hardware and software) and facilities.
• Ability to produce documentation such as Standard Operating Procedures.
• Sound working knowledge of common computer software such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and Outlook).

Desirable

• Operation and applications of semiconductor/microsystems processing equipment.
• Knowledge and experience of working with maintenance systems including developing and implementing planned maintenance schedules.
• Capital procurement including production of specifications and vendor selection.
• Familiarity with Health and Safety regulations and the production of risk assessments.
• Ability to contribute to the technology associated with packaging of implanted devices.
• Experience of using CAD software and a willingness to learn new applications.

Personal Attributes

Essential

• A highly flexible approach and an ability to work on multiple tasks, often to tight timelines.
• Excellent communication skills.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive an email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE06 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.

Salary

The role is grade UE06 and attracts an annual salary of £25,759 to £29,837 for 35 hours, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

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