Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242949
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24193 - £26297
Date Posted 13 October 2017
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 02 February 2018
Interview Date

Salary: £24,193 - £30,240 (dependent upon qualifications and experience) - plus £1,500 Recruitment and Retention Allowance
Grade: RC-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 2nd February 2018 
Interview Date: TBC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council brings strategic leadership to UK investments in large national and international research facilities, together with delivering world class science and technology. The Council operates some of the world’s most advanced facilities, such as ISIS.

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers and on to fundamental studies of materials.

A vacancy exists for a Mechanical Support Technician in the ISIS Mechanical Engineering Section, which is part of the ISIS Accelerator Division. You will be based in the main workshop and also work in all areas of the ISIS accelerator and extraction beamlines.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

You will report to the Mechanical Section Leader within the Accelerator Engineering Group and will be expected to undertake the following duties:

  • to produce high quality machining work (including turning and milling) to close tolerances working to sketches, engineering drawings and verbal instructions as appropriate and to produce appropriate jigs and fittings as necessary
  • to be responsible for a given area of work associated with the build, assembly, modification and installation of new projects connected with the ISIS accelerator
  • to be responsible for initiating the repair and maintenance of a wide range of installed components for a given area of the injector, synchrotron and EPB. These to include a wide and diverse range of magnets, diagnostic monitors, ultra high vacuum (UHV) and radio frequency (RF) acceleration systems
  • to be responsible, for given areas of work, for the work of others including apprentices and contractors and be able to develop appropriate work plans and to manage financial resources
  • to be responsible for establishing and maintaining safe and efficient working arrangements for yourself and for all staff working under your control with particular reference to work in radiation controlled areas.

Contacts and Communication

You should have:

  • the ability to communicate effectively with all colleagues throughout ISIS Accelerator Division
  • good writing skills/record-keeping and PC literacy e.g. Windows/Office/CAD.

Personal Skills and Attributes

You would be expected to have experience in:

  • recognised formal training, e.g. a full apprenticeship, which may include up to three years full time study
  • you must possess experience of producing high quality machined and assembled components, ideally working in a large-scale scientific or engineering environment
  • the use of initiative and a flexible and innovative approach to problem solving is required
  • excellent interpersonal and team working skills are essential together with the ability to communicate effectively on technical issues with staff and facility users at all levels
  • experience of leading the work of others, including contractors and apprentices, would be useful
  • a sound understanding of mechanical engineering workshop practice and of appropriate workshop safety procedures and their correct application is required
  • you should also be computer literate and be able to demonstrate use of Microsoft office software products.

Any Other Relevant Information

You would be expected to:

  • be willing to enter radiologically designated areas
  • be willing to participate in/assist in out-of-hours breakdowns
  • in the interests of keeping ISIS fully operational, willingness to resolve faults and problems during silent hours would be a distinct advantage.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • mechanical engineering apprenticeship or equivalent
  • relevant experience as a machinist and in mechanical fitting.


  • ONC in mechanical engineering or equivalent (or equivalent experience)
  • experience of CNC tooling and programming.

Interview Criteria


  • high level of skill/experience as a machinist and in mechanical fitting
  • working knowledge of safety issues and current health and safety legislation
  • work on own initiative, be proactive and take responsibility for task completion
  • ability to fault-find and resolve technical problems.


  • computer skills/working knowledge of Microsoft Office products 
  • working knowledge of ionizing radiation safety regulations
  • experience of working in industrial or large-scale facilities
  • experience of CNC tooling and programming.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 2nd February 2018. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is to be confirmed and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, OX11 0QX.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.