Instrumentation Technician (Fixed Term)

Job title Instrumentation Technician (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £26,715, rising to £32,817 per annum

Grade Grade 6

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 3119

Placed on Thursday 08 July 2021

Closing date Thursday 29 July 2021

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF8422

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Would you like to join the leading centre for theoretical, experimental and analytical research into powertrain systems in the UK?

The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the University of Bath is recruiting an Instrumentation Technician. The new role will support research work for the Advanced Propulsion Centre/Innovate UK funded Trident project.

The Trident project aims to deliver the next generation of air handling solutions for Diesel, Natural Gas and Fuel Cell applications in heavy duty vehicles. The project will be conducted with major industry partners. IAAPS role is to work on the characterisation, modelling and systems optimisation tasks for turbomachinery and high-speed electric machines. You will be responsible for supporting the research team in the specification, design and implementation of critical sensors and control systems to undertake the demanding experimental activities.

The experimental work will push the boundaries on testing precision and sensing objectives to create ground-breaking new insights into the operation of these new mechatronic systems. This will create stimulating challenges for testing and instrumentation design and integration. You will need to work closely with the research team to transform experimental visions into robust data that will underpin the research.

We expect applicants to possess a suitable qualification in subject area of direct relevance for the project. Successful applicants will be able to: 

  • Support the specification, design and manufacture of electrical/mechanical control and instrumentation suites, including automotive specific communication platforms such as Controller Area Networks (CAN)
  • Specify and select sensor technologies applicable to mechanical, thermal or electrical systems 
  • Support the use of data acquisition tools and oversee best practice in system calibration
  • Work with both analogue and digital electronic systems for sensing and actuating, including an ability to work with specialist software such as dSpace, Labview or equivalent. 
  • Manage communication and relationship building skills with the ability to build effective working collaborations across IAAPS.

The role will be predominantly based at the University of Bath campus, but occasional work supporting activities at the new IAAPS building on the Bristol and Bath Science Park may be required.

IAAPS has an excellent track record in delivering industry-relevant projects, and has long established collaborations with industrial partners. The Centre considers its remit to be all of the links in the chain from energy storage to its conversion into mechanical work on board a vehicle.

This position is advertised full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis with an expected end date of 11 January 2023. We also welcome applications from candidates seeking a part-time post.

For any informal enquiries about this role please contact Dr Richard Burke ( or Mrs Kristina Burke (

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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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.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.