Senior Technical Specialist (High Voltage and Optical Detection) at The University of Manchester

Job reference: SAE-025310

Salary: £45,585 to £56,021 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Faculty/Organisational Unit: Science and Engineering

Location: Oxford Road

Employment type: Fixed Term

Division/Team: FSE Technical Services

Hours Per Week: Full time

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/07/2024

Contract Duration: For 24 months

School/Directorate: Faculty Office - Science and Engineering

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Faculty’s analytical services group within the High Voltage (HV) platform. A primary responsibility of this role will be supporting the HV research team led by Tony Lujia Chen by providing technical and analysis support to the groups research, working on alternative gases to SF6. SF6 has a very high global warming potential and is widely used in high voltage transmission networks. SF6 is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions in the power transmission industry for companies such as the National Grid. A key factor delaying SF6 replacement is the unknown long-term stability of newer more environmentally friendlier alternatives. To accelerate technology adoption of new SF6-free solutions and enable the clean energy transition, this project focuses on the development of a full-scale demonstrator retro-filled with an SF6 alternative. Where analysis of gases and by-products from the SF6 alternative under long term energisation is vital to the understanding of the long-term equipment performance and safe operation on the transmission network.

What you will get in return:

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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Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Tony Chen


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.