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The University is seeking a senior academic to manage its responsibilities under the Technician Commitment.

The University of Oxford is a signatory to the Technician Commitment, a UK-wide initiative to promote visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technical staff in universities and research institutions.

We are seeking a senior academic who will:

  • chair the Technician Commitment forum, which brings together technicians, technical managers, administrators and HR staff from the relevant academic departments
  • lead the implementation of the University's action plan to achieve progress in the four strands of the Technician Commitment (renewable via a self-assessment process)
  • act as a ‘champion’ for technical staff within the University’s governance arrangements
  • identify and promote the achievements and research contributions of our technicians as part of the #TechniciansMakeItHappen social media campaign
  • represent Oxford at national signatory events 

We are looking for someone who is committed to recognising the contribution of our technical staff to our research and teaching, and willing to work with and across the relevant departments/divisions to coordinate our efforts in this area. 

The following would be helpful

  • Experience or understanding of the process for recognition by professional bodies (registered/chartered status)
  • Experience in science communication
  • Experience/interest in supporting career development, including apprenticeships

Please contact Phil Taylor, Head of Recruitment in HR ( if you need further information or have questions.

Depending on the level of interest in this post, we may convene a panel to review all expressions of interest. We intend to complete the selection process by Christmas 2020 with a view to the successful candidate starting the role in January 2021.

If you wish to be considered for this role, please send an EOI* and CV to Dr Tracy Gale (MPLS Divisional Registrar) by noon on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

* This should state your name, department, and post; briefly (max. 500 words) describe why you are interested in the role and what you would bring to it, given your skills and experience; and indicate whether you have in-principle support from your Head of Department.