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Mechanical Testing Facility Experimental Officer

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £34,308 to £42,155 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 08 December 2022
Reference:  082522

In this role, you will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the Mechanical Testing Facility (MTF),you will support associated activities in the Civil Engineering Laboratories, and may be required to support other experimental projects at all academic levels, as circumstances dictate and as requested by the managers.

You will undertake mechanical testing using Instron hydraulic and electromechanical testing, as well as prepare, develop and install arrangements specific for different testing configurations, both at material and component level. Expertise in digital and additive manufacturing with some knowledge of robotics and automation to support the wider activities within the MES/SCEE Schools is desirable. You will also be responsible for maintaining the testing equipment in excellent working conditions and for the upkeep of the laboratory spaces. 

You will participate in the research activities of the staff and students using the MTF, and communicate effectively providing proactive support to lab user enquiries. You will work closely with other technical staff to ensure the safe and efficient running of laboratories, and to showcase the experimental activities of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Sciences schools in relation to external sponsors/clients.

You will have good communication and IT skills, and a qualification in Mechanical/Civil/Structural Engineering, or a similar discipline, is essential. Some relevant work experience in the above fields related to mechanical testing is expected and in digital control/manufacturing and robotics/automation is desired, but not essential. 

The University of Surrey signed the Technician Commitment led by the Science Council, to ensure greater visibility, recognition, career development, and sustainability for technical staff across all disciplines. This position will provide opportunities to work alongside an experienced technical team, attend research seminars and build professional contacts across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Iman Mohagheghian ( and Dr Dan Bompa ( For further information on the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences and School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Surrey visit

Please upload your CV together with a covering letter with your application.

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.






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