Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC245959
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £48202 - £58558
Date Posted 06 August 2018
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 09 September 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,202 - £58,558 (dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: RC-F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 9th September 2018

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest 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 engineering.

STFC’s ISIS facility uses a particle accelerator to produce neutrons and muons which are used to carry out research in the physical and life sciences. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level.

About The Role

The ISIS facility is looking for a leader capable of  managing the team of twenty staff  responsible for the accelerator and targets integrated control system. You will hold a degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline with previous control systems experience.

You will work with the division head to develop strategies, policies and plans relating to the development, operation and maintenance of the ISIS accelerator control system; setting and controlling the group’s budget; overall management of the group and ensuring the required skill base meets its current and future requirements. You will be accountable for the control and instrumentation subsystems, electronic interfacing to all other accelerator and target subsystems and the physical implementation of the control system. Ideally you should have knowledge of particle accelerator control systems such as EPICS, TANGO or VISTA, embedded  hardware and PLC systems. Knowledge of IEC61508 and ATEX regulations is advantageous but not essential.

 You will have strong leadership skills, be able to take the ‘system view’ of a project and interact with scientists and engineers to identify and incorporate their requirements.

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


  • degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
  • experience of integrated control systems
  • experience of  supervisory control and data acquisition
  • project management
  • risk analysis.


  • knowledge of accelerator control systems such as EPICS, TANGO or VISTA
  • knowledge of IEC61508
  • knowledge of PLC systems
  • knowledge of embedded electronic interfaces
  • knowledge of ATEX regulations.

Interview Criteria


  • strong management/leadership skills
  • excellent communication skills with the ability to explain technical concepts effectively
  • the ability to develop and implement suitable strategies
  • knowledge of supervisory control and data acquisition
  • project management experience
  • strong knowledge of large complex control systems.


  • knowledge of asset management techniques and software
  • knowledge of IEC61508
  • knowledge of ATEX regulations
  • ability to identify current and future technical skill requirements
  • knowledge of accelerator control system software
  • knowledge of control system hardware.

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:

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 9th September 2018.

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