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Technical Specialist in Artefact Studies

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University of York - King's Manor, York city centre
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32,236 - 39,609 a year
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We are looking for a versatile and motivated technician with experience in artefact studies to manage the laboratories at King’s Manor and to support research and teaching in artefact studies in the department.  You will have a passion for core artefact skills, potentially with specialisms in some or all of the following areas: ceramic petrography, experimental archaeology, XRF, X-ray and microscopy.

This post is in response to the development of a new Material Culture and Experimental Archaeology research group and expansion in teaching.

You will have a degree in an appropriate science discipline or significant experience. You will be able to demonstrate in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of artefact studies and have specialist technical skills in this area.  You will be experienced in the management of a technical workplace, including the operation and maintenance of complex equipment, training others in lab techniques and the use of equipment and the application of relevant safety regulations.

You will be able to work independently and with initiative, with excellent IT skills. You will be capable of analysing and interpreting complex data and presenting results clearly and concisely. You will have good interpersonal skills and a willingness to respond to time-led demands

We are looking for someone with experience in laboratory management and the technician will primarily be expected to run the King’s Manor labs, but also provide some support to PalaeoHub and the YEAR Centre on campus. As well as managing the use of these spaces, the technician will help maximise the ways these facilities are used for research and teaching. They will support staff and students in a variety of research projects, and help with teaching, including dissertation support.

The successful applicant will be able to work largely autonomously but with the close support and collaboration of our current technicians, academic, research and administrative staff.

We are anticipating that the start date for the post will be 3 June 2019 however, we can be flexible on this.

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