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[Met-jobs] Job opportunity: Tropical lightning, Cardiff University

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:29:14 +0000

We have a senior technician post for someone to help design/calibrate and 
install lightning strike sensors in a tropical forest (the install is akin to 
dendrometers) in Nigeria and Cameroon. This is part of a project to estimate 
the number of trees killed by lightning in the tropics. The closing date is the 
4th of Feb. If you have anyone interested I would be hugely grateful if you 
pass this on, especially if you know of environmentally minded engineers.

Best wishes, Tim Hill

A link to the post here (click on job 5528BR):

Job Description:
Senior Technician (High Voltage/High Current Experimental Officer)

Cardiff School of Engineering

You will provide comprehensive provision of technical support to the Natural 
Environment Research Council (NERC) funded project, researching lightning 
induced tree mortality in tropical rainforests and within the Advanced High 
Voltage Engineering (HIVE) Research Centre.

The aim is to test, develop and install high voltage measurement in tropical 
rainforest environments and test equipment, carrying out supporting project 

You will provide technical support to Cardiff School of Engineering’s HIVE 
laboratory activities, developing, operating and maintaining high voltage test 
equipment for both laboratory and field tests. You will be expected to assist 
with coordination and train a team of field assistants in Cameroon and Nigeria 
who are experienced with field measurements and fabrication of equipment. The 
post holder  should be willing to travel to Nigeria and Cameroon on multiple 
trips, for fieldwork and meetings, for a total of up to four months per year.

The post is full time, available from 1st January 2017 until 31st December 2019.

Salary: £26,052 - £30,175 (Grade 5)

Research Description

  *   To investigate and analyse specific issues regarding the development of 
high voltage test equipment in laboratory, deploy equipment in diverse tropical 
rain forests in Nigeria and Cameroon and other techniques, creating 
recommendation reports, supported by advances within the field.
  *   To ensure that the provision of training is delivered to the field 
technicians at Centre for Tropical Forest Study Research Stations in Nigeria 
and Cameroon, proactively changing the delivery according to customer 
requirements and following established guidelines
  *   To develop and deliver training to field technicians and students in 
technical procedures and in the use and assembly of special equipment and 
apparatus in relation to high current and high voltage measurement.
  *   To set up experimental systems and research apparatus, assisting students 
and staff in the use and construction of equipment and apparatus and with tests 
and experiments, within the overall research programme and under the direction 
of the post-doctoral researcher, to include developing, operating and 
maintaining high voltage test equipment for both laboratory and field tests, 
such as earth resistivity equipment and Rogowski Coils.
  *   To operate, maintain, service, adjust, test and repair complex equipment 
and apparatus, in particular, in relation to current and earthing measurements, 
as well as associated quality control measures.
  *   To collaborate with others in order to make recommendations for 
developments of established processes and procedures  and participate in the 
development, modification and construction of special equipment and apparatus 
for the high current and high voltage measurement for the project
  *   To take responsibility for stock levels, security, maintenance and 
cleanliness of materials, apparatus and equipment within work area, this 
includes liaison with the Morgan-Botti Lighting Laboratory (MBLL) Manager and 
High Voltage academic staff
  *   To maintain accurate records and perform detailed analysis of voltage 
current measurements and testing in the laboratory and field.
  *   To provide professional advice and guidance following reviews on 
technical processes and procedures to internal and external customers, using 
judgement and creativity to suggest the most appropriate course of action where 
appropriate and ensuring complex and conceptual issues are understood.
  *   To create specific working groups comprising of colleagues from across 
the University and project collaborators to achieve project objectives, 
supervising staff on an occasional basis to accomplish key objectives.
  *   To establish working relationships with key contacts, developing 
appropriate communication links within the University’s Schools/Directorates 
and outside bodies as required and collaborate with others in order to make 
recommendations for developments of established processes and procedures.
  *   To undertake a variety of administrative duties to support the department


  *   To be able to travel in the UK and overseas (Nigeria and Cameroon) for 
meetings and extended overseas field trips.
  *   To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to 
and which will enhance performance.
  *   To participate in School administration and activities to promote the 
School and its work to the wider University and the outside world and ensure 
that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when 
undertaking all duties.
  *   Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which 
will be consistent with the role.

Timothy Hill
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
University of Exeter
Geography, Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ

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