Research Technician for Interact Lab ref 2978

School/department: School of Engineering & Informatics
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term for 1 year  
Reference:  2978
Salary: starting at £28,936 and rising to £32,548 per annum
Placed on: 12 February 2018
Closing date:  13 March 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.  
Expected start date: On or before 1 May 2018

Job description

Purpose of the post - the provision of technical assistance and advice to research project staff and students to facilitate the investigation and output of a project group – Interact Lab – led by Prof. Subramanian. This position is established within the School of Engineering and Informatics and funded by EPSRC and EU research grants that support excellence in frontier research.

You should have a degree or equivalent work experience in electrical and mechanical engineering with a high appreciation of building artefacts and exploring new technical trends in how people use and interact with devices and interactive systems.

The Interact Lab is internationally renowned for its research in creating novel interactive devices for enabling new forms of human-computer interaction (HCI). HCI is about applying human abilities to the design of tools, systems, and environments that are safe, effective and comfortable for use. The group comprises postdoctoral fellows and PhD students from various backgrounds in Computer Science and Engineering. The group is dedicated to pursuing highly ambitious frontier research that involves creating electro-mechanical prototypes and iterations.

Typically the technician will be involved in early discussions and will offer input to the design and development of the physical prototype that the team-members wish to build and study,  for example creating laser-cut models, 3D printing prototypes or electronic prototypes. Our lab has its own laser-cutter and 3D printer with other prototyping tools planned for purchase. You would create technical drawings of the design, test it and create reusable prototypes with help and support from the  team-members.

You will be expected to carry on fortnightly tasks like maintaining a well-stocked lab, supervising the operation of equipment to make sure it operates correctly and safely, keeping a stock of the equipment & tools and making sure that lab members are compliant with H&S. Ideally you will be a good communicator and will aim to transfer skills and train lab members on the use of the equipment and workshop to keep a tidy and safe work environment.

The initial basic holiday entitlement for full-time staff is 20 working days a year, plus days when the University operates a minimum services (at present 4 at Christmas, 2 at Easter), plus public/bank holidays. Pro rata for part-time staff dependant on hours worked.

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in science and engineering at Sussex.


For informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Sriram Subramanian ( (0)1273 876829)

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 2978) (PDF 144.96KB)

How to apply

Download our non-academic application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

See our terms and conditions summary for Technical Staff Terms and Conditions [DOC 34.50KB]

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