uCreate Services and Makerspace Manager

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Salary: £43,414 - £51,805
Created: January 30, 2023


UE08 - £43,414 - £51,805 per annum

Digital Library, Information Services

Open ended contract

Full time, 35 hours per week

Would you like to lead the team that won the Outstanding Library Team award at the 2020 Times Higher Education Awards? If so, read on…

We are looking for an experienced and imaginative Manager to lead our award-winning uCreate team. The uCreate services, including the makerspaces, offer equipment, advice, training, and support to help people in the University of Edinburgh community make (almost) anything. This exciting role brings together specialist knowledge in cutting-edge digital technologies and manufacture, including 3d scanning and printing, and management experience.

The Opportunity:

The vacancy arises at an exciting time for the team with the creation of a second Makerspace at Murray Library and increased opportunities for collaboration with colleagues in the Engineering School and at the Edinburgh College of Art. For an idea of the range of services supported by uCreate, please see the uCreate website and its Instagram page. In the 21/22 academic year, the service supported over 2400 unique users.

  • Providing strategic leadership and oversight of the uCreate team
  • Staying abreast of advances in computing and technology sectors, especially as they relate to digital manufacture and creation in the higher education space
  • Advising the Head of Digital Library on innovative ways to develop the uCreate services to further meet user needs
  • Line management of staff at a variety of levels, including professional staff and student technicians, and management of unit budget.
  • Ensuring the service’s kit remains in good working order, including undertaking troubleshooting to fix technical problems
  • Creating documentation and leading training for users on the equipment provided by the service and monitoring user feedback to help guide the development of appropriate solutions and tools.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Familiarity with a wide range of digital manufacture and specialist digital technology software and hardware (i.e. AR/VR, 3d scanning, digital manufacture, etc.)
  • Track record of successful delivery of services in a demanding user-focused on-campus environment, where users range from novices to experts
  • Experience of people management, including staff/students/graduate interns, and a willingness to support and develop the work of others
  • Commitment to generating and sharing professional knowledge, research findings, and best practice

A full copy of the job description can be found here.

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Click to access our staff benefits page  for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Does this role sound interesting to you? Do you have any further questions or are unsure whether you meet the criteria? If so, please contact Rebecca Hirsch, Head of Digital Library, at rebecca.hirsch@ed.ac.uk for an informal discussion.

Interviews will be held in February 2023 and will be conducted on-site at the University’s Main Library in George Square, Edinburgh. In exceptional cases a virtual interview may be arranged.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

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