Job: Computer-based research technician

Applications are invited for this full-time, fixed-term post, working in Bangor University’s Nuclear Futures Institute (NFI). We are looking for a candidate who would enjoy the challenge of expanding the computing capabilities of our rapidly growing team of academics and students.

This post is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government. EU Funds: Investing in Wales.

The duties associated with the role offer considerable variety: helping set-up and maintain the data collection systems used in scientific research, working closely with scientists and engineers to help them manage their data and helping all our NFI staff achieve their full potential by providing the IT solutions they require in their day-to-day computing.

Candidates should be educated to an A-level or NVQ level (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Information Science or other relevant subject area and have previous experience of the procurement of equipment, set-up and maintenance of computational and experimental equipment, software management and wrangling of research data. Familiarity with both Windows and Linux or Unix like operating systems, hardware and software is essential.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible and the post is available until 31/12/2022. 

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed towards Dr Michael Rushton: m.rushton@bangor.ac.uk

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865.

Committed to Equal Opportunities

Closing Date

30-11-2020

Salary

£23,067-25,941 (Grade 5) p.a.

Contract Duration

31-12-2022

Ref: BU02263

The Project

The Nuclear Futures Institute (NFI) is funded under the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru programme which aims to attract and retain world-leading academics to Welsh University in strategically important sectors. The Nuclear Futures Institute in Bangor is seeking to further develop its research excellence in nuclear science and engineering to support the region’s ambitions to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence of all forms of low carbon energy generation and to work closely with the two nuclear sites in the region of Trawsfynydd and Wylfa.

Purpose of the Job

This role will support the research groups in the Nuclear Futures institute (NFI) within the Bangor University’s Nuclear Futures Institute and its aim to establish “A world leading capability in Nuclear Engineering, which establishes North Wales as a global centre, delivering international partnerships and opportunity from a rich mix of existing and new talent. Leading the UK nuclear agenda and rejuvenating the UK and Welsh nuclear sector.”

The postholder will provide technical support to the members of the NFI for their work involving computers. This will involve procurement of hardware and software, its set-up and maintenance, system administration and the training and support of users.

Person Specification

Qualifications/Training

Essential
  • A-levels or NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Information Science or other relevant subject areas.

 

Experience/Knowledge

Essential
  • Familiarity with both Windows and Linux or Unix like operating systems, hardware and software.
Desirable
  • Experience with web site management, particularly WordPress.
  • Understanding of virtual reality equipment (such as Oculus Rift) and game development systems such as Unreal Engine or Unity.
  • Experience with software build systems (e.g. make, autoconf, cmake) and compiling software written in C/C++ and Fortran.
  • Knowledge of debugging software written in C/C+, Fortran and Python.
  • Experience in working with remote Linux based systems and high-performance computing resources. Including working with ssh and associated technologies (key management, scp etc).
  • Working knowledge of interactive scientific computing environments, such as R (including RStudio, ggplot), python (jupyter, pandas, numpy, matplotlib) or Matlab.

Skills/Abilities

Essential
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills. The ability to convey technical information to non-specialists in written and spoken forms.
  • Good organisational skills, record keeping and timekeeping.
  • Self-motivation with the ability and initiative to work on their own and a willingness to seek help when necessary.
  • Ability to deal with deadlines.
  • Work on own initiative to meet deadlines.
Desirable
  • The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable for this role. If applicants are not able to speak / write in Welsh at present, there are many opportunities to learn if the successful candidate wishes to do so.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Procurement of hardware and software:
  1. Assist NFI staff in identifying the most suitable hardware and software required for their work. 
  2. Communicate with suppliers to obtain quotes and to shepherd orders through Bangor University’s procurement system.
  3. Keep track of software licencing – order, register and renew software licences as appropriate.
  •  Set-up of computer systems and peripherals:
  1. Organise registration of systems and connection to University network.
  2. Software installation.
  3. Experimental equipment:
  4. Install, calibrate and maintain computer systems associated with experimental work (e.g. data acquisition systems, image capture, embedded software on Raman and XRD apparatus).
  • Data management:
  1. Assist in transfer, secure storage and back-up of research data.
  2. Administration of code repositories for joint development of scientific software.
  • Training:
  1. Informing users in the operation of certain hardware, software and best practices of the HPC.
  • High performance computing:
  1. Compilation of scientific codes.
  2. Debugging of scientific software.
  3. Assist in working with Linux-based HPC clusters.
  4. Liaise with system administrators of HPC resources.
  5. Assist in user registration and applications for time on shared computing resources.

• Web site maintenance.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities.

  • The post holder will be expected to comply with the University equal opportunities policies, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Policy and the Welsh Language Standards.

  • The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.

  • The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their post.

General

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally.

We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.

All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references.

All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements. If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job, please note that following the introduction by the Government of immigration limits on skilled workers we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/

Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on the University’s Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration.