Health and Safety Experimental Officer: University of Manchester, UK

University of Manchester
Experimental Officer
Study in:UK
Deadline: 10 Dec 2017

Health and Safety Experimental Officer

Closing Date : 10/12/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 31 October 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate :
Division : Sci & Eng Faculty Office – General
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum, plus £3,000 market supplement
Location : Harwell, Oxfordshire
Job Reference : S&E-10935

The Faculty of Science and Engineering wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and highly motivated individual as a Health & Safety Experimental Officer. The post is for a 2 year fixed-term and will be located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, within the University of Manchester at Harwell operation. You will be primarily involved with experiments at Diamond Light Source National Synchrotron Facility expanding to the Central Laser Facility and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, which are World-leading centres for materials research.

The main purpose of the role is to be responsible for interpreting and implementing all Health & Safety requirements, in line with legislative requirements and best practice. You will also provide advice concerning all matters related to health and safety to ensure that all research activities undertaken by The University of Manchester at Harwell are performed in a safe and compliant manner. You will also manage and lead the communication and implementation of unified Health & Safety policies and procedures in collaboration with The University of Manchester and the local Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) team within the Harwell Complex.

You will be highly qualified and ideally have experience of experimentation involving a wide-range of materials (biological, explosive, toxic or active materials, and non-hazardous) in high-risk environments, including laboratories, Synchrotron facilities and other modalities such as neutron sources. You will work closely with the Director, Senior Experimental Officers, local technical support team, as well as the academic leads, Faculty Health and Safety Manager (FSE), DLS Beamline Scientists and the local SHE Teams within the Harwell Complex.

You will be performing a pivotal role within a dynamic team of academics, research fellows, postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, technical and administrative supportive staff that comprise The University of Manchester at Harwell. This newly formed facility is fast developing and primarily focused on the application of synchrotron science to key research challenges.

The health & safety beamline support you provide will underpin both UK and international research collaborations, and as such, you will serve as a key enabler for the World-leading studies being performed.

You will be educated to at least first degree level in chemistry (or related subject) and/or possess extensive, demonstrable experience in engineering, augmented by relevant technical, management and leadership skills. You will also be experienced in dealing with all health and safety related matters associated with high-risk experiments, involving a wide-range of biological, explosive, toxic or active materials explosive, toxic or active materials. You will also have significant experience of preparing a range of risk assessments, including COSHH/DSEAR and demonstrable experience and understanding of the operation of Synchrotron X-ray imaging/tomography instrumentation, in addition to other modalities such as neutron sources etc.

You will have extensive technical knowledge and an understanding of the techniques, control measures and safe systems of work needed to promote a safe working environment and positive safety culture. Also, awareness and understanding of relevant safety legislation is essential, and you will be required to undertake ongoing professional development in order to keep abreast of all changes to relevant legislation, policy and practice.

You will also possess demonstrable managerial, organisational and communication skills and be effective at developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with a wide-range of stakeholders. Central to this aspect of the role will be a well-developed ability to persuade and influence colleagues at all levels. You will be required to work flexibly in order to meet the varied time demands of the role. You must also be prepared to work outside of normal working hours in the support beam time experiments and travel to Manchester and other localities as business need dictates.

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Susan Davis


Tel: 0161 306 8856

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01618502004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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