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Senior Technical Specialist (High Voltage and Optical Detection)

The University of Manchester
Manchester, UK
£45,585 to £56,021 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Posting live until
5 Jul 2024

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Job reference: SAE-025310

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

Location: Oxford Road

Employment type: Fixed Term – 24 Months

Hours Per Week: Full time


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:

  • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme.
  • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays.
  • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period.
  • Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers.


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.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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Any CV’s submitted by a recruitment agency will be considered a gift.


Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Tony Chen


General enquiries:


Technical support:


This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the 5 July 2024.

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


The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, with outstanding facilities and the widest range of courses. We are highly respected across the globe as a centre of teaching excellence and innovative research.

With 25 Nobel Prize winners among our current and former staff and students, we have a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries, from splitting the atom to giving the world graphene.

We’re committed to world-class research, an outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility in everything we do. 

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2.08, Schuster building
Oxford Road
Greater Manchester
M13 9PL

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