Position for Observatory Support Technician
University College London Department Physics and Astronomy
United Kingdom

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 6. The salary range will be £28,574 - £33,487 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.


The UCL Observatory at Mill Hill in North London is advertising a position for a UCL Observatory Support Technician. The UCL Observatory is a teaching facility associated with the UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy. Teaching, public outreach and research activities are carried out and require a broad range of expertise in the area of telescope technology, electronics, mechanical and electrical engineering. The main duties of the role, which supports all activities include aiding with technical, mechanical and electrical work as well as supporting the educational activities.


The candidates will have an overall ability to work within a light engineering environment and have a good knowledge of H&S and COSHH regulations. Knowledge of astronomical equipment is desirable as well as practical knowledge in the dismantling and repair or modification of electrical systems as well as basic electronics, wiring and soldering skills. The candidate will also be computer literate and possess good communication skills, verbal and written, have a good disposition in interacting with the public for outreach events.


Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above. If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Bonita Carboo, b.carboo@ucl.ac.uk , or Kay Nakum, k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk. Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Prof. Giorgio Savini, g.savini@ucl.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 17/6/2019

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

This role does not meet the eligibility requirements for a tier 2 certificate of sponsorship under UK Visas and Immigration legislation. Therefore UCL will not be able to sponsor individuals who require right to work in the UK to carry out this role.

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