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Technical Operations Manager

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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50,132 to 58,089 a year
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Role Description

We are seeking an experienced and proactive colleague to lead the technical provision within the Department of Physics, in this redeveloped role of Technical Operations Manager. The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around biophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education, and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.

The University is a signatory of the Technician Commitment (; as signatories, we have submitted to the Science Council a self-assessment document, which looks at the current position of technicians within the University, and an action plan which considers how we can develop this.

The Role

You will have lead responsibility for co-ordinating and managing the quality of technical infrastructure activities in this large Physics department.  You will direct and co-ordinate a wide range of services provided by workshops and laboratories and supervise teams of technical staff to ensure that the Department’s teaching and research activities are supported effectively and efficiently.  The Technical Operations Manager is a key member of the Department Management Team, working closely with the Head of Department, the Department Manager and other senior colleagues. 

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Degree or equivalent experience in science or engineering
  • RSci/REng or willingness to work towards these or equivalent appropriate qualification
  • In-depth current theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of the principles of scientific research, equipment and technical support services within the work area
  • Broad understanding and knowledge of relevant safety legislation and regulations, procedures, COSHH and risk assessment
  • Proven leadership, management and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Experience of leading significant change management initiatives

Salary from £50,132 on grade 8 of the University’s salary scales.

Closing date: 11 November 2018

Interview Date: 14th December 2018

Vacancy reference: 7082

Informal enquiries can be made to Ros Roberts, Department Manager (, or Kieran Gibson Head of Department, (

We particularly welcome applications from women who are currently under-represented in the technical support team.


The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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