Research Technician Ref 0121

School/department: School of Engineering & Informatics, Department of Informatics 
Hours: part time 0.8 FTE
Contract: fixed term for 30 months 
Reference: 0121
Salary: starting at £29,515 and rising to £33,199 per annum, Pro rata 
Placed on: 10 September 2018 
Closing date: 11 October 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: Ideally 18-19 October 2018 
Expected start date: Ideally on or before 1 December 2018.

Job description

We are looking for a person to provide technical assistance and advice to research staff and students, to facilitate their project output.

You should have a degree or equivalent work experience in electrical engineering or informatics, with a high appreciation of building prototypes for public demonstrations (e.g. in real settings, science fairs or television) and exploring new technical trends, especially on how people use and interact with sound and ultrasound.

Typically the post-holder will be involved in early discussions and 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, electronic prototypes or virtual environments. 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 task like maintain a well-stocked lab, supervise the operation of equipment to make sure it operates correctly and safely, keep a stock of the equipment & tools and make sure that lab member 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.

This position is established within the School of Engineering and Informatics and funded by EPSRC research grants, which support excellence in research. Funding currently covers 30 months at 80% of the time (i.e. 4 days/week), but applicants for a shorter period at 100% (i.e. 2 years) will also be considered.

You will be based in a newly-established research team within the Interact Lab, which is internationally renowned for its research in creating novel interactive devices for 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. Our multidisciplinary group comprises already 3 academics, two research technicians, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students from various backgrounds in computer science and engineering.

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 Dr. Gianluca Memoli (, +44 1273 678853)

Download job description and person specification Ref 0121 [PDF 136.02KB]

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.

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