Location:  Highfield Campus

Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745 Per annum

Full Time Permanent

Closing Date:  Tuesday 03 January 2023

Interview Date:   To be confirmed

Reference:  2091822FP

Imagine working in an environment where your contribution is so far reaching that you will be changing the world – this is reality – if you choose. 

As a Technician in our Mechanical Workshop, you will be working alongside the best in their discipline and will support world class education and research. You will be responsible for aiding staff and students in the manufacture of bespoke components and equipment for experimental and research purposes that will be used in all environments from beneath the oceans, cleanrooms, high voltage labs to outer space and everything in between. 

To be successful, you will be an experienced machinist with skill level equivalent to achievement of Level 6 of the NQF (Degree) comparison chart or equivalent industrial/professional experience in Mechanical Engineering. You will be able to use your skills and experience to manufacture complex and high precision work, machining components from specialist materials using a range of conventional machine tools such as Centre Lathes and Vertical Mills. You will also possess excellent hand skills. You will be used to working to tight tolerances and unaccompanied producing one-off-components to engineering drawings.  

It is essential you are an effective communicator able to explain technical issues to those less experienced and where English may be their second language. Pitching in to solve unique experimental manufacture and design solutions will be second nature and you will always be looking to deliver effective results in the most efficient way – enhancing your customers’ experience.

You will have excellent time management skills to be able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment. 

In return we will offer you career development and opportunities to enhance your skills, a friendly and supportive work environment which provides work-life balance. 

You will join a small inclusive team that embraces diversity and the benefits this brings. In support of this due consideration will be given to those who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness.

The School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of its continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering. ECS provides a unique, friendly and supportive environment. We have a range of staff development programmes and a unique mentoring and wellbeing scheme. 

We strongly recommend that you visit to find out more about working in ECS.

The University of Southampton is a signatory of the Technician Commitment and a partner affiliate of the National Technician Development Centre (NTDC) and is committed to supporting our technical staff. We offer a wide range of opportunities including networking, mentoring, training, professional registration and career development. We are committed to all our technical staff, recognising the broad range of skills they have in support of education, research and enterprise activities. By joining Southampton you will be part of a bigger technical community, offering support and guidance.

There are a great range of benefits that includes a contributory pension scheme; holiday entitlement of 30 days plus 8 bank holidays and 6 additional holidays (closure days); subsidised health and fitness facilities on-site; cycle to work scheme; a range of discounts which include restaurants, retail outlets and entertainment.  The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award in recognition of its’ continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering.  We will give due consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, and onsite childcare facilities. 

*Qualify criteria applies

To find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Mr Mark Long, Mechanical Workshop Manager via [email protected] or Mrs Dorota A. Sikorska via [email protected] 

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Jane Sturgeon (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email [email protected]. Please quote reference 2091822FP on all correspondence.


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