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Senior Research Technician

Job details
Posting date: 12 June 2024
Salary: £32,332 to £32,332 per year
Additional salary information: The starting salary will be from £32,332 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 10 July 2024
Location: Exeter, Devon
Remote working: On-site only
Company: University of Exeter
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: P87246


The post
The Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) wishes to recruit a Senior Research Technician to support the work of Professor Richard Brazier and the Upstream Thinking team. This post is available immediately to 31st March 2025, in the first instance, with the possibility of extension of next 5 years subject to research funding. The successful applicant will work within the Upstream Thinking project, primary tasks will include responsibility for the laboratory analysis of the water samples collected from upland and lowland catchments in the South West of England. This role is also responsible for preparing and carrying out freshwater algae identification, taking the lead for laboratory method development, and other research activities in support of the project objectives. Please see the job description for more information.
About you
The successful applicant will be able to manage their own workload to successfully complete the practical tasks of the research project, communicate effectively with the team and external stakeholders, orally, in writing and electronically.
Applicants will be educated to first degree level in Environmental science or related field of study (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Geography), or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.
Applicants will have experience working in laboratory and field environments, be confident using scientific equipment, and will also be enthusiastic to learn about the effects of catchment management and landscape restoration on water quality and microbiology.
Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.
What we can offer you
• Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
• An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
• Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

The University of Exeter
We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world’s most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99 percent of our research is of international quality and 47 percent is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment
We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

We are proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant and welcome applications from service people.

We offer some fantastic benefits including:

- 41 days leave per year
- options for flexible working
- numerous discounts at leading retailers
- onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
- sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay) and a Fertility Treatment Policy
- stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information
For further information please contact Professor Richard Brazier, e-mail

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