Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242609
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.

ISIS, the world leading pulsed neutron and muon source, needs Professional Engineers to maintain and enhance its facility.  Graduate Electrical Design and Project Engineers will have a key role and the position provides a unique opportunity for a wide variety of design, analysis and project engineering experiences across a diverse range of electrical and electronic engineering.
The ISIS Electrical Engineering teams provide professional engineering support across the complete ISIS Neutron Science facility from the accelerator, targets, neutron beam-lines and specialist user equipment.  The diverse nature of the facility is mirrored in its variety of electrical systems: megawatt power supplies and distribution networks, personnel protection systems, PLC and relay based control system, magnet power supplies and electromagnets, motion control, ac motor control, vacuum systems and UPS equipment. All of these can encompass novel uses of both established and emerging technologies.

We are looking for aspiring engineers who are inquisitive and want to solve complex and interesting engineering problems. 

Based at The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, Graduate Electrical Engineers have a key role and the positions provide a unique opportunity for a wide variety of engineering experiences coupled with excellent training and personal development leading to becoming a Chartered Engineer.

Key Duties/Responsibilities

May include:

  • produce designs and concepts through the use of 2D and 3D CAD systems
  • carry out modelling of magnets or circuits using FEA or simulation software
  • procure manufactured items and bought out components
  • work with and understand the requirements of projects set by the customer
  • manage project workload to ensure targets are met
  • produce calculations to validate designs
  • present work both in writing and verbally to a wide range of audiences
  • investigate faults
  • build and run test systems.

Will include:

  • liaison with other staff, contractors etc. who may be from engineering, scientific or other disciplines.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • good understanding of electrical/electronic principles
  • exposure to individual or team project working during degree.


  • work experience; preferably in an industrial environment.




  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • the right to live and work in the UK.


  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • individual and Team Project working during degree.


  • some industrial experience.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • must be highly motivated, innovative and inquisitive
  • ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • ability to work independently
  • ability to read and understand technical information
  • capable of rapid development of technical and non-technical skills
  • able to use engineering computers for a large proportion of the working day.


  • ability to communicate well both technically and non-technically
  • 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
  • should be suitable for employment as a Classified Worker
  • should be available for short overseas visits and occasional periods away from home in the UK (courses, seminars etc.).

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.