Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246434
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 30 October 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,560
Grade: UKRI - C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 18th November

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, technology and Engineering. To find out more about STFC please watch one of our videos:

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

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 new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

The ISIS facility is a world-leading source of pulsed neutrons and muons. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at anatomic and molecular level. Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour isn’t possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. At the ISIS facility, each problem requires a unique solution. Our engineers have the freedom to choose their own solution, and the responsibility to take it to completion.

The ISIS Experimental Operations Division is looking for a support scientist or engineer to work in the Sample Environment Pressure and Furnace Team. In the role, you will provide technical support to our user community, contributing to state-of-the-art science in an exciting, high tech facility. You will also be instrumental in developing the next generation of experimental equipment, keeping the facility at the forefront of materials research.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • assemble, set up and test new and existing specialist equipment, particularly in support of experiments requiring complex gas handling and high gas pressure environments
  • propose, develop and implement procedures for operating and maintaining sophisticated equipment
  • manage appropriate engineering changes to the systems as required by research strategies
  • plan and lead the testing, evaluation and calibration of new or developmental equipment
  • ensure complex scientific instruments and systems are appropriately maintained
  • ensure safe working practices and procedures throughout the experimental process
  • carry out statutory safety audits and inspections
  • methodology development
  • carry out equipment and procedural risk assessments
  • train new equipment users
  • supervise users when operating technical equipment
  • A degree in Chemical Engineering, Physics or Chemistry is required. You must be safety aware, particularly with regard to pressure systems and the operation of analytical test equipment. 

You must be able to communicate effectively on a detailed technical level with instrument scientists, visiting users and technical support colleagues and will need to have good negotiation skills.  You will be responsible for taking decisions that affect experiments and must be able to come to such decisions quickly, taking operational safety and rapid diagnostics/repair into account.  Written record keeping and repair/maintenance documentation are also important on a daily basis. 

This necessitates general computing competence (Microsoft Office Suite and the capability to learn to use technical control software). Some out-of-hours attendance for support duties is required.

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 (S) and Interview (I) Criteria


  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019 (S)
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S)
  • the right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • knowledge of pressure systems (S&I)
  • experience of working with analytical instrumentation (S&I)
  • good writing skills (S)
  • computer literate (I)
  • strong practical skills (I)
  • calm and confidence-instilling (I)
  • clear verbal communication skills; ability to express technical concepts (I)
  • experience of prioritisation of day-to-day workload (I)


  • awareness of DSEAR and COSHH (I)
  • practical experience with gas handling equipment (S&I)
  • experience carrying out formal risk assessment (S&I)
  • 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.
  • STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme.
  • 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.

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 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019
  • expected 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 ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

The closing date for this vacancy is 18th November 2018. The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2018 or January 2019 and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

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