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Senior Departmental Technician

Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Location:  Hawkshead (nr Potters Bar, Herts)
Salary:  £35,274 to £45,113 Per Annum Including London Weighting
Permanent / Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 06 June 2021
Interview Date:  Wednesday 16 June 2021
Reference:  CBS-0060-21

We are looking for a full-time Senior Departmental Technician to support the dynamic, internationally renowned Structure & Motion Laboratory (SML). This essential-status post will be based on-site even during periods of lockdown.

You will fulfil roles in research, teaching and Health & Safety related to the neural, musculoskeletal and biomechanical control of animal locomotion. You should be committed to the scientific process; you will contribute to the collection, analysis and presentation of data about animal locomotion (terrestrial and aerial) using an array of field- and laboratory-based sensor systems, measurement techniques, and analysis tools – you will contribute to the in-house development or customisation of some of these tools. You will be involved in many stages of the research process, ranging from systems design and build to administration of laboratory standards and safety. You will also train graduate students and staff, manage equipment and software, manage risk assessments and implement COSHH regulations, GRP and GDPR.

You will work with a group of approximately 50 mathematical, physiological, evolutionary and veterinary scientists within the SML - with a common goal of performing cutting edge and challenging science to understand the biomechanics of how animals work. Demonstration of research experience is expected with one or more of the methodologies used in gait and performance analysis, 3D video and image analysis, vertebrate anatomy and physiology, GPS monitoring, or IMU design.

Applicants will have a science-related degree or HND/HNC. Experience undertaking research in biomechanics with an emphasis in locomotion science is essential, with a grounding in basic instrument engineering, Newtonian physics, and data acquisition software (e.g. LabView, MatLab) clearly an asset. Training in first aid in the workplace will be provided. The applicant should be enthusiastic and highly motivated, with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills and be able to work with minimum supervision.

We offer a generous reward package.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Tim West, Chief Technician and Laboratory Manager;  twest@rvc.ac.uk


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The RVC values diversity and is committed to the equality of opportunity. Balancing both the needs of the business with those of our staff, we will consider applications to work on a flexible basis where possible.


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