Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242601
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26297 - £26297
Date Posted 31 August 2017
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 October 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £26,297
Grade: RC-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date 1: 30th October 2017
Assessment Centre Date 1: 12th & 13th December 2017


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a whole new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

The CLF is a world leading laser facility, which provides scientists from the UK and Europe with an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology. The Central Laser Facility’s Engineering Division provides mechanical engineering solutions to enable laser scientists and users to utilise the technology for experimental research & development programmes fully.

The CLF Engineering Team provides professional engineering solutions across all the CLF facilities and CALTA based international projects from upgrading and developing laser systems to specialist user equipment for experiments in each target area. The facility research is diverse from plasma physics to medical imaging and this is reflected in the variety of engineering systems required to support it; vacuum, cryogenic, high pressure, exotic gases, motion control systems, target fabrication, diagnostics and optical systems.  

CLF are looking to expand their team with ambitious engineers who have the ingenuity needed solve complex and interesting engineering problems.  The department comprises of mechanical and electrical designers and technicians who work closely together to provide a complete engineering solution. CLF projects tend to require a bespoke solution for each application.
Based at The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, Graduate Mechanical engineers have a key role and the position provides a unique opportunity for a wide variety of engineering experiences coupled with excellent training and personal development leading to becoming a Chartered Engineer. 
Summary of Key Duties:

  • to deliver engineering solutions for scientific requirements
  • to be involved in each aspect of the delivery process from engineering concept, design, procurement, installation/commissioning, testing to final reporting.


  • produce concepts, designs and engineering drawings using 3D CAD systems
  • create and manage specifications based on customer requirements
  • produce calculations to validate designs
  • present designs for peer and stakeholder review
  • present work both in writing and verbally to a wide range of audiences
  • procure manufactured items and bought out components
  • reporting project progress and budget spend to team leaders 
  • organise commissioning or testing of systems/designs.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • must be highly motivated, innovative and inquisitive
  • strong ability to think creatively
  • willing to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • ability to work independently 
  • ability to read and understand technical information
  • ability to communicate well both technically and non-technically
  • ability to produce good written work and reports in English
  • ability to perform mechanical design calculations.



  • obtained Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.


  • Degree is IMechE/IET Accredited for CEng.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • individual and Team Project working during degree.


  • industry experience or summer placements in an engineering field.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • good verbal and written communication skills
  • demonstrate good team working.


  • ability to communicate technical subjects well 
  • ability to produce good written work and reports
  • shows an interest in the world outside of engineering
  • shows an appreciation of engineering in the wider context of society.


STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by the; Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the British Computer Society. You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators.

We offer 30 days leave allowance, plus 10.5 public and privilege holidays. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s Career Pages.

Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered. Providing you perform well and make good progress with your training plans, you will be promoted after two years with us, receiving a significant salary increase.

From April 2018, STFC will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The aim is to create a system that maximises the contribution of each of the component parts and creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation agency in the world. More information can be found online here.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • expect to or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Rolling Closing Date 1: 30th October 2017

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit our Graduate Page.