Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC245310
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £24435 - £34497
Date Posted 16 May 2018
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 June 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,435 - £34,997 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: RC-C or RC-D
Dependent on skills and experience relevant to the role appointment will be made at band C or D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 3rd June 2018

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is responsible for supporting, co-ordinating and promoting research, innovation and skills development. Our uniqueness lies in the breadth of our remit and the sheer diversity of our portfolio, as we harness our world-leading expertise, facilities and resources to drive science and technology forward. STFC is now part of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which aims to ensure that the UK maintains our world-leading research and innovation position.

STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) studies all aspects of the science and technology of charged particle accelerators, ranging from large scale international and national research facilities through to specialised industrial and medical applications.

About the Role

Forming part of the Radiation test facilities support team and reporting to the Accelerator Operations Manager, this role will involve the day-to-day technical support and contractor management to a suite of multi-user research and development facilities. The test facilities are exploited by high-tech industrial companies, STFC staff and collaborative academic users. Your responsibilities will include:

  • management and programme maintenance of all equipment, including service contracts, consumables and consultation with the Person(s) responsible for RTF operating schedules
  • operation and development of the plant monitoring systems and associated instrumentation and supervisor control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • management of DL & Contract Staff employed on above duties
  • attending various meetings to formulate work and shutdown programs. Co-operating with Project Managers and other engineering sections to provide a flexible technical service, responding rapidly to changing priorities
  • assessment of the condition of the existing plant, recommending replacements and liaison with industry for procurement. This will include participating in technical reviews of existing equipment and designing replacement/new equipment
  • establishing and maintaining safe and efficient working arrangements in compliance with all safety legislation
  • technical support of the operation and maintenance function, requiring a practical approach to problem solving
  • there is also the opportunity to work on the operation and optimisation of helium liquefaction equipment and associated ancillary plant.

Further education up to and including a Level 6 apprenticeship (degree sponsored) will be available for the right candidate.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria

To be considered for the Band C position you will demonstrate:


  • level 3 apprenticeship in mechanical or mechatronics discipline or equivalent
  • ONC or equivalent qualification
  • good written communication skills and attention to detail as demonstrated by CV and covering letter.


  • previous experience of process plant, equipment and instrumentation
  • level 4 apprenticeship in mechanical or mechatronics discipline
  • HNC or equivalent qualification.

To be considered for the Band D role as well as the essential criteria above you will also demonstrate:

  • previous experience of process plant, equipment and instrumentation
  • experience of supervision or management of staff or contractors.


  • level 4 apprenticeship in mechanical or mechatronics discipline
  • HNC or equivalent qualification.

Interview Criteria


To be considered for the Band C position you will demonstrate:

  • ability to fault-find and resolve basic technical problems
  • ability to work using own initiative and be proactive
  • demonstrate ability to work effectively as part of a team and alone
  • willingness to learn new techniques and technologies
  • effective written and oral communication skills
  • good organised approach to complex problems
  • strong self-motivation
  • ability to be involved in a wide range of technologies as a process engineer
  • good working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Access, Excel, Project etc.).

To be considered for the Band D role you will also demonstrate:

  • previous experience of process plant, equipment and instrumentation
  • the ability to offer advice on and resolve complex technical issues
  • evidence of a high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on delivery
  • good knowledge of safety issues and current H&S legislation
  • ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • experience of management of staff or contractors.


  • project management skills and experience.

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.

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:

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The closing date for applications is 3rd June 2018. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is to be confirmed and will be held at Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington.