Principal Geotechnician - advanced laboratory testing

Location Southampton
Salary £65000 - £85000 per annum + + Benefits Package
Job type Permanent
Sector Marine
Reference BBBH26712_1715687318

The Principal will be responsible for providing high quality, high value data for interpretation. Focus shall be on on supervision and execution of advanced laboratory testing, and data processing of same, but other duties will include calibration of equipment, and an active role in the quality management and accreditation process, including being audited by internal and external assessors.

What will you do:

  • Demonstrating, supervising, and performing advanced laboratory testing, including monotonic and cyclic direct simple shear, triaxial, and resonant column testing;
  • Providing training to junior personnel for execution and processing of the above test types;
  • Processing test data with the utmost diligence, taking care to ensure the data is as accurate as possible;
  • Ensuring test programming and tracking software is updated to allow accurate progress updates to be provided to clients;
  • Performing daily equipment & environmental quality checks throughout the laboratory;
  • Supervising and performing equipment calibrations and checks;
  • Taking an active role during accreditation assessments and performing verification tests, as required;
  • Leading or assisting in the training of colleagues as required by the laboratory management;
  • Ensuring a high level of cleanliness throughout the laboratory facility, and ensuring the equipment is maintained to the highest standard.

Who you are:

  • Proven experience in the execution and supervision of geotechnical laboratory testing across a range of soil types and test methods;
  • Experience in the execution and supervision of laboratory equipment calibrations and checks.
  • An aptitude for mechanical testing;
  • An eye for detail, and the ability to follow written procedures;
  • Thoughtful, thorough and conscientious;
  • Ability to take ownership and engagement in the work;
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work well in a team and independently;
  • Open and receptive to new and different ideas;
  • Good practical experience with office tools: MS Office, Google Drive, Teams, e-mail, among others.

​Desirable:

  • Experience with performance of internal laboratory audits;
  • Experience with internal or external geotechnical laboratory accreditation processes;
  • Formal health & safety training;
  • An interest in soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering.

ersg are an equal opportunities employer; we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all job applicants. We do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, sex, race, disability, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or religious background; all decisions are based on merit.