Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242615
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 Project Engineering Group is part of the Applied Science Division based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) near Oxford.

The Project Engineering Group has a broad range of challenging projects within the experimental facilities that STFC operates and hosts including ISIS, Diamond Light Source, CERN, Central Laser Facility, Particle Physics Department (PPD) and RAL Space.

The Group is responsible for the full range of project activities from design to commissioning of complex mechanical systems in support of these national and international scientific research projects.

Summary of Key Duties

  • work with and understand the requirements of projects set by the customers
  • produce designs and concepts through the use of 2D & 3D CAD systems
  • produce FEA analyses/calculations to validate designs
  • work with Scientists to develop novel technological solutions.


  • procure manufactured items and bought out components
  • oversee the installation and commissioning of novel scientific equipment
  • manage project workload to ensure targets are met
  • work within a Quality Management System
  • understand and manage safety of work and apparatus.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Must be highly motivated, innovative and inquisitive
  • ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • ability to read and understand technical information
  • capable of rapid development of technical and non-technical skills
  • ability to communicate well both technically and non-technically
  • ability to produce high quality reports and presentations
  • shows an interest in the world outside of engineering
  • shows an appreciation of engineering in the wider context of society.




  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject 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.


  • Higher Degree in related subject (M.Eng., M.Sc., M.Phil.)
  • working towards membership of IMechE/Chartered Engineer status.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Mechanical Design using 2D and 3D CAD systems
  • Basic Finite Element Analysis
  • Engineering Structures and failure modes
  • Engineering Materials
  • Heat Transfer.



  • an understanding of Project Management
  • an understanding of Quality Management
  • an understanding of  Thermodynamics
  • knowledge of Engineering Processes
  • work experience in a professional engineering environment.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • very high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals
  • a strong ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and continuous improvement
  • demonstrate good written communication skills
  • ability to work as an individual or as part of a collaborative team
  • good organisational skills.


  • leadership potential
  • Project Management experience.

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.