Analytical Technician (Part Time, Fixed Term) Internal Applicants Only

Job title Analytical Technician (Part Time, Fixed Term) Internal Applicants Only

Department Chemical Engineering

Salary Starting from £26,243, rising to £32,236 Pro rata for duration of contract

Grade Grade 6

Placed on Tuesday 13 August 2019

Closing date Tuesday 27 August 2019

Interview date Monday 02 September 2019

Reference CF7012

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The Department of Chemical Engineering requires a highly skilled, adaptable, self- motivated and enthusiastic Rig Operator / Analytical technician to provide technical support to the Advanced Fuel Test Facility at the University of Bath. The project is in collaboration with a large, multinational, petroleum company and has been ongoing for the past 4.5 years. 

About the role

This role will provide an exciting opportunity to work closely and interact with our industrial partner and understand the nuances of working on a bespoke diesel rig built in Bath, used to conduct cutting edge fuel research and development.

About you

The successful applicant should have experience in conventional fuel analytical techniques and the day to day running of a complex engineering system to offer technical support for the running of vehicle fuel system components and related equipment. Knowledge of specific fuel analysis techniques would be an advantage. The role will require day-to-day operation and maintenance of the fuel testing rigs, testing of the samples produced, preparation and handling of test fuels such as blending of diesel and biodiesel fuels, mixing of additives, collecting samples, replacing filters, monitoring the progress, flushing the rig ready for the next experiment and draining the test fuel and disposing it of correctly, at the end of the experiment. Full training will be provided. 

The role will require good analytical skills to allow for repeatable testing of samples and good knowledge of operating complex engineering rigs. The emphasis of the post is on possessing practical analytical skills alongside the rig operation. You would be joining a project team which consists of academics in the departments of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, as well as a post-doctorate researcher.

Applicants should have ideally served a recognised engineering apprenticeship, possess a minimum of a City and Guilds qualification or equivalent or have substantial experience of working in an engineering laboratory environment. In addition, applicants must exhibit a keenness in learning rig operation and working in an R&D environment. 


You will also be entitled to a very generous 19.5% employer contributory pension (8.8% employee contributions) as well as the following employee benefits: 

  • 39 days holiday pro-rata, (annual leave, discretionary days and bank holidays)
  • A flexible working environment
  • Ofsted outstanding rated onsite nursery
  • Salary exchange scheme (cycle to work)
  • Interest-free loans for public transport seasons tickets and motorcycle purchases for commuting
  • Onsite private and NHS dentist, onsite medical centre
  • Discounted physiotherapy service

The post is offered on a fixed term contract, initially to October 2020. The working hours are 18.20 hours per week (0.499 FTE) across 5 days. 

For an informal discussion, please contact Chris Chuck (01225) 383537 or email

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.