Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246252
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £30357 - £37789
Date Posted 07 August 2018
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 02 September 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: Band E £37,789 plus allowance/Band D £30,357 plus allowance
Grade: E/D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 2nd September 2018

One vacancy offered at Band E or Band D depending on skills, qualifications and experience.

A Cryogenics Engineer is required by STFC Daresbury Laboratory in the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) to meet the requirements for the delivery of the superconducting RF (SRF) cavities for the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden. This vacancy is within the Radio Frequency (RF) and Cryogenics group which designs, builds, develops, commissions, tests and supports advanced RF systems for high-energy particle accelerators.

This opportunity will be focused on the long term testing and delivery of SRF cavities to ESS and you will be expected to work within a small dedicated team to ensure that deliveries and timescales are met. You will be responsible for all aspects of the RF testing of the cavities from the development of the test procedures, the testing of the cavities, documentation and maintenance of the test equipment.

You will be appointed at either Band E or Band D of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

Development of future opportunities

The ‘RF and Cryogenic Group’ in ASTeC is a key collaborator in several national and international projects for example: HL LHC, PIP-II etc. The group is also engaged in the development of underpinning technology like SRF thin films, Superconducting Undulators etc. which require a strong skill base in Cryogenics. In addition to supporting the VTF the new recruits will have opportunities to participate in these projects.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities  

You will be the first point of contact for the day to day operation of all the cryogenics processes of the Cryogenics Facilities and will be responsible for:-   

  • leading the design and development of Cryogenic Systems and processes (for Band  E)
  • developing and implementing operating procedures to provide efficient and safe cryogenic environment for RF tests (for Band E)
  • developing schemes and proposals for continuous improvements and capabilities for upcoming projects (for Band E)
  • assisting the design and development of Cryogenic Systems and processes (for Band D)
  • implementing operating procedures to provide efficient and safe cryogenic environment for RF tests (for Band D)
  • supervising a technical team to undertake cryogenics operation like cryogen transfers, collating test results and ensuring the adherence of the QC and operating procedures
  • managing procurement and contractors 
  • ensuring the health and safety within this area of work
  • liaising with the project manager and team leaders in the other technical areas (RF, Vacuum, Controls, site services etc.) to ensure reliable operation of the tests.

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 in one of the subjects (Cryogenics, Refrigeration, Mechanical Engineering, Physics) or equivalent
  • extensive experience in working with Cryogenics equipment.  


  • MS/PhD in one (Mechanical Engineering, Cryogenics, Superconductivity, Low Temperature Physics) or equivalent (Essential for Band E)
  • project/operations management qualifications
  • two years’ experience in the role of project manager/project engineer/team leader (essential for Band E).

Knowledge and Experience

Essential: (for Band E)

  • experience in design and operation of large scale cryogenics processes 
  • experience in developing and undertaking experiments in Low Temperature Physics
  • experience in designing and operating Cryogenic Instrumentation 
  • have analytical and technical abilities in solving cryogenics problems
  • experience in writing technical papers, reports and giving presentations  
  • proven health and safety management experience
  • experience in leading a small team.

Essential: (for Band D)

Experience in:

  • operating liquid helium cryostats
  • experience in undertaking experiments in Low Temperature Physics
  • experience in operating Cryogenic Instrumentation 
  • have analytical and technical abilities in problem solving  
  • proven health and safety management experience.


  • experience in working with superconductivity and super fluidity
  • experience with control systems – like LABVIEW, EPICS or MATLAB
  • experience with Process Control Systems
  • experience in working in a project environment
  • experience in supervising a technical team.

Personal skill and Qualities


  • demonstrate a record of achievement in cryogenic system design (Band D – Desirable)
  • proven troubleshooting experience of cryogenic systems
  • have analytical and technical abilities fulfilling the requirements for the job
  • project management experience in delivering small to medium (up to £1M) sized projects (Band D – Desirable)
  • ability to provide creative ideas and cost effective solutions to challenging design problems
  • experience of managing resources 
  • experience of writing technical papers and progress reporting  
  • proven health and safety management experience 
  • extensive experience on a PC including the following applications; MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS project and MathCad or equivalents.


  • relevant accelerator experience
  • cryogenic component design experience
  • superconducting RF system experience
  • cryogenic control system experience.

Special Requirements


  • demonstrate ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • demonstrated leadership skills. (Band D – Desirable)
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • self-motivated
  • willingness to contribute to published reports
  • flexible to adapt to new work challenges
  • ability to work effectively with minimum supervision
  • ability to prepare and present seminars and address meetings on current work
  • prepared to travel both within the UK and abroad
  • willingness to work flexible hours and occasional shifts.


  • full driving license.

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.

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The closing date for applications is 2nd September 2018.