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NXCT Facility Manager and Principal Instrument Scientist

The University of Manchester is looking to recruit a NXCT Facility Manager and Principal Instrument Scientist

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 17 Mar 2021
  • United Kingdom | The University of Manchester
  • Date posted: 03 Mar 2021
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Materials science  | Engineering & instrumentation

NXCT Facility Manager and Principal Instrument Scientist
Manchester with travel required within the UK on a regular basis
£52,559 to £62,727 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Fixed term – starting as soon as possible for 4.5 years in the first instance
Ref: SAE-016286

The National X-ray Computed Tomography (NXCT) is the National Research Facility for lab-based X-ray computed tomography. We bring together world-leading capability in lab-based XCT from the universities of Manchester, Southampton, Warwick, University College London and Diamond Light Source. The NXCT Hub in Manchester is hosted by the Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials.

As the UK’s national research facility, we provide an unparalleled combination of 3D imaging facilities and data analysis, research knowledge and technical experience to support users that have never worked with X-ray scanning before and to help advanced users conduct exciting new experiments. Together, our five partners provide a unique and diverse shared capability to the UK. The NXCT will provide: access to state-of-the-art X-ray instruments; technical support for new and existing users; the expertise to design complex experiments; and the infrastructure and resources to analyse 3D and 4D data.

The NXT Facility Manager will work in partnership with the NXCT Directors to deliver and advance this world-class national research facility. As the technical and operational lead for the Facility, you will manage a team to provide an exceptional service to our users and to ensure developments in the field of X-ray imaging are implemented within the facility for the benefit of the research community. This is an externally-facing and strategic role, with a key element being relationship building a broad range of stakeholders.

You will combine significant technical expertise in X-ray imaging with proven operational and stakeholder management skills. You will be committed to demonstrating leadership in the application of best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion. Extensive knowledge and practical research experience in the field of X-ray computed tomography are essential, as is a track record of leadership at a senior level within a research environment. You will have a track record of success in managing a technical facility and of promoting services to a range of users. Your ability to develop and manage an impactful team focused on delivery, together with your relationship management and influencing skills, will be key in this role.

UoM and Royce actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, gender or gender expression. We are currently piloting positive action in recruitment, aiming in this case for at least one in three of the candidates that meet the essential shortlisting criteria and are to be interviewed (after shortlist) to be female, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, LGBTQ+ or to have a declared disability. Equal opportunities data completed by applicants will not be accessible by the panel.

Blended working arrangements may be considered

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Closing date: 17 March 2021.

 As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.


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