AMS Technician
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom
3d ago

Job Purpose

To provide specialist maintenance and instrument control in the SUERC Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in support of routine & experimental direct measurement of long-lived radionuclides.

To contribute to apparatus & laboratory process development. To provide specialist technical expertise and training to scientist colleagues and postgraduate students.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • 1. To be instructed in, learn and then conduct regular specialist maintenance of accelerator mass spectrometers, including : manipulation of high-vacuum, inert & flammable gases, liquid coolants & pneumatics, and their systems;
  • operation and maintenance of multiple high-voltage microwave & sputter ion sources featuring toxic Beryllium oxide & flammable Caesium metal;
  • KeV to MeV ion beam generation, transport & measurement; use and maintenance (including inside SF6 pressure vessel) of low-voltage control & nuclear data systems and of mechanical (pelletron) & electronic high-voltage power supplies;
  • spectrometers performance data analysis.2. To ensure the control of spectrometer systems in support of efficient daily operations, liaising with other technical and SUERC staff as necessary.

    3. To manipulate solid & fluid samples for analysis including with close-coupled speciation & oxidation systems, and the improvement of these interfaces.

    4. To identify live electronics and other spectrometer sub-systems faults, providing timely innovative solutions in partnership with technology providers.

    Undertake necessary repairs.5. To instruct, train and provide specialist advice and guidance to relevant SUERC personnel, students and external collaborators in the techniques and operation of AMS equipment.

    6. To lead plant operation, testing and maintenance, including liaison with University Officers and outside contractors, in accordance with University operations.

    7. To contributed to the safety and security of the AMS Laboratory, including accurate recording and maintenance of Laboratory documentation, ensuring familiarity with industry standards and HSE / COSHH legislation.

    Support drafting of risk assessments.8. To liaise with technology providers and SUERC collaborators, ensuring the Laboratory and equipment are maintained and run to the highest standards.

    9. Co-manage the disposal of waste (including toxic materials) and maintain records accordingly.10. Co-manage the ordering of equipment & consumables and consumables budget.

    11. Demonstrate an awareness of University and HE issues and their potential impact on the Laboratory and the Centre, liaise with other University departments to ensure best practice is maintained.

    12. Provide specialist high level technical support including the design and evaluation of new / novel methods, equipment and protocols for the laboratory.

    13. Assist with the management and supervision of the other technical staff within the laboratory as required. Ensure work is carried out and performed to the required standard, taking the necessary follow up measures to ensure effective performance.

    Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

    Knowledge / Qualifications Essential : A1 Either : Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary knowledge and skills in a similar role, or, Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 8 (Scottish Vocational Qualification level 4, Higher National Diploma) or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role.

    A2 Detailed knowledge of relevant health and safety protocols and procedures.Desirable : B1 Undergraduate degree in science or engineering.

    Skills Essential : C1 High-competency in high-technology operation & maintenance.C2 Excellent physical manipulation of precise mechanical mechanisms.

    C3 Problem solving initiative, judgement and technical ability. C4 Laboratory working to the highest standards, both independently and by teamwork.

    C5 Excellent communication skills.C6 Ability to prioritise own and others’ workload to meet deadlines as required.C7 Highly developed technical fault finding and problem solving.

    Desirable : D1 Proven supervision and training skills.D2 Ability to manage and control assigned budgets in accordance with University policy and procedures.

    D3 Instrumentation control programming, e.g. in AccelNET, LabView & CAMAC.D4 MHz signal processing with nuclear instrumentation.

    D5 High-voltage manipulation and the ability to maintain exposed live electronics in situ.D6 High-vacuum generation.D7 Micro-volume to large-volume specialist-gas control.

    D8 Microwave diagnostics. Experience Essential : E1 Sufficient relevant work experience to be able to demonstrate relevant competencies as required.

    E2 Extensive relevant instrumentation experience with maintenance responsibilities in a laboratory environment.E3 Familiarity with general laboratory practice and techniques.

    E4 Experience of a collaborative working with partners from academia and industry.Desirable : F1 Expertise with electrostatic particle accelerators and their applications.

    F2 Expertise in isotope-ratio mass spectrometry including organic and inorganic sample interfaces.

    Job Features

    The aspects described below will be performed in conjunction with, and under the guidance of, the Principal Investigator.

    Dimensions Support operation, development and maintenance of AMS Laboratory and associated plant with value in excess of £5,000,000.

    Train and support scientists in AMS instrumentation. Work with technology providers to support development of the Laboratory.

    Assist with general administration, purchasing and planning of the laboratory operation. Leadership in the design and implementation of the specific research projects as discussed with PI.

    Planning & Organising Effective organisational skills to forward plan & perform spectrometer and plant maintenance, minimising down-time.

    Programming longer-term development projects and relevant skills acquisition.Undertake reactive maintenance in a considered and methodical manner.

    Organise and implement training for relevant staff and contacts. Decision Making Prioritise daily maintenance and control work.

    React and decide on appropriate actions when confronted with unexpected faults.Identify most appropriate purchases and co-ordinate with suppliers to ensure operational expedience / cost effectiveness.

    Manage internal and external collaborations. Provide input into decisions on experimental approaches.Make decisions about working safely and minimising risks.

    Internal / External Relationships Support other technical staff, Principal Investigator and members of the research team.

    Liaise with technology suppliers to support AMS operations & development.Liaise with other University groups and service providers to assist with development and resolution of problems.

    Problem Solving Use initiative and judgement to resolve technical issues within areas of expertise, particularly solutions to instrumentation faults, and plan accordingly.

    Effective instrument and methodology troubleshooting.Provide technical and logistical solutions relating to equipment and experiments.

    Use initiative and judgement to resolve problems within own knowledge base, referring to academic staff when necessary.Research including technical and theoretical aspects / problem solving and development of novel ideas.

    Be aware of project and budgetary issues and equipment lead times.Assistance of students and team members with problems relating to research project.

    Other Actively pursue Continuing Professional Development of core skills.

    Standard Terms & Conditions

    Salary will be on the Technical & Specialist Grade, level 6, £29,176 - £32,817 per annum.This post is full time (35 hours per week) and is offered on an open-ended basis.

    New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme.

    Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

    Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate. It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

    We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

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