Technical Operations Manager - Technical Services

The post

The need for effective research into geology and mining has never been greater, and continued expansion of research facilities within the Camborne School of Mines at the University of Exeter has led to the creation of this new position to help drive that research forwards.

Based at the University's Penryn Campus near Falmouth in Cornwall, the principal role of this position will be to provide technical management of all aspects of geochemistry across the Camborne School of Mines laboratories. This will include the use of analytical equipment, development of new methods and standard operating procedures, quality assurance, health and safety and provision of advice to staff and students, along with on-going development of the facility to stay at the forefront of scientific research. In addition, the role holder will have the opportunity to contribute to on-going research programmes and publish work in scientific journals.

The successful candidate will be well-versed in the use of ICP technology and other analytical geochemistry techniques as well as sample preparation and operating in a clean environment for trace element analysis. They will be working in a forward-looking environment where the delivery of reliable and accurate data is central to the future success of the department and will help to shape that success.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

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 six weeks full pay) and a Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

Please contact Adrian Watson,

Salary Details

The starting salary will be from £41,732 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.

Package Details

Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

posted: 23 February 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.