Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246442
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 05 September 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,560
Grade: UKRI - Band C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 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.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We are trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we are driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering.

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. To find out more about STFC please see one of our videos:

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.

RAL Space is STFC’s ‘Space Department’.  It is one of seven operational departments located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and is dedicated to supporting the programmes of the STFC as well as undertaking a large number of contracts for space agencies, industry and other commercial customers. RAL Space provides world-leading research and technology development, space test facilities, instrument and mission design, and studies of science and technology requirements for new missions. It has been involved in over 210 missions to date, producing instruments and software for space flight, and building and operating ground segments for both NASA-led and ESA-led missions.

The Autonomous Systems group within the Space Engineering and Technology Division has expertise in space systems design, mechanical and electronics engineering. It was established specifically to support Autonomous Systems activities and research independently of the other Space Engineering Programs within RAL Space. Not only has the group worked on Planetary Robotics and Systems with a high level of autonomous behaviour, but they also have experience of developing robotics for a number of Terrestrial applications, as well as significant experience in the planning, organisation and execution of field trials for a variety of robotic platforms.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • design of ground-based and space robotic systems from concept through to production, testing and delivery
  • design and write low-level control and autonomy software for mobile robots and ground calibration and testing rigs
  • produce detailed specifications and documentation
  • conduct analyses by hand calculation and simulation tools as appropriate
  • generate documentation to support designs, to report analysis and test results, and present designs and results at project reviews
  • develop and maintain system level interfaces and budgets
  • develop sub-system requirements from top-level requirements
  • take part in conceptual design studies and perform trade-off analyses
  • contribute to the production of proposals with mathematical models, analyses, cost, mass and schedule estimates
  • assemble and test robotic hardware systems including rover platforms.

As a Graduate Engineer you will be supported by STFC to attain chartered status relevant to your particular training and career path.  In addition, you will be given technical and non-technical training appropriate to your previous experience and the requirements of the work.

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


  • obtained 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
  • achieved or working towards a degree in Engineering, Physical Sciences, Electromechanical Engineering Degree (or similar relevant discipline)
  • good computer skills (Microsoft Office, familiarity with Windows and Linux systems etc.)
  • A level or equivalent Maths and Physics at Grade C or above
  • practical experience of hardware assembly
  • evidence of technical writing skills.


  • degree includes aspects of space systems or robotics/autonomous systems
  • MSc in Space Systems Engineering
  • MEngin Robotics
  • A-level (or equivalent) Mathematics and/or Physics at Grade A
  • degree course accredited by iMechE, IET or relevant professional institution
  • experience with Design and/or analysis tools (e.g. CAD tool, SolidEdge, ANSYS etc.)
  • some experience of workshop techniques
  • experience with a programming language(e.g. ROS, C++, Python)
  • experience with project management software such as Redmine
  • experience in schedule and budget management.

Interview Criteria


  • some understanding of engineering for the space environment
  • strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • ability to work autonomously towards a goal; self-motivated but able to ask for help when appropriate
  • high level of self-motivation and drive
  • able to work under pressure, set priorities and make decisions independently when required
  • ability to analyse and solve complex problems in a team environment.


  • experience of designing and building Robotics or autonomous systems, possibly as a final year project
  • experience of Project Management.

Special Requirements:


  • available for overseas travel.

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.

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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.

Closing Date: 28th October 2018

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