Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246470
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 29 October 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,560 per annum
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 18th November 2018

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.

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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.

STFC's RAL Space Department, based at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We have had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and are at the forefront of UK Space Research. 

Product Assurance is the discipline of planning and implementing activities to provide assurance that the space hardware and software we design, build and test will fulfil its intended purpose. The Product Assurance Group in RAL Space supports the department’s projects with these activities.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

The work will initially be assisting more experienced members of the Product Assurance group in their role as project Product Assurance Managers, with the graduate becoming increasing capable over time of operating autonomously as a PA Manager. The PA discipline is wide-ranging and includes

  • Quality assurance
  • Dependability
  • Safety
  • Electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) components
  • Materials, processes and mechanical parts
  • Software product assurance

The role requires thorough and conscientious work to tight deadlines across multiple projects simultaneously, adapting to changing priorities as the need arises. The work will include:

Gathering and recording data on the materials, processes, parts and EEE components used by projects, to provide evidence and assurance of their suitability.

Ensuring that conformance control actions and record-keeping are conducted promptly and effectively.  This includes the recording and analysis of problems to determine their implications for the project, then following up to ensure that appropriate corrective actions are carried out.

  • Supporting incoming and outgoing inspections of parts and equipment and the auditing or inspection of suppliers.
  • Participating in internal and external project review meetings, including presenting information to the project team and customers.
  • Preparing the End Item Data Packages that describe and accompany project deliverables.
  • Conducting audits on projects and groups in the department for compliance with internal and external 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.

Criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • 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&I)
  • The right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • A-level (or equivalent) Mathematics and Physics at Grade C or above (S)
  • Good written communication (S&I)
  • Good oral communication (I)
  • Strong capability in analysing and solving problems (S&I)
  • Strong capability in analysing and presenting data (S&I)
  • Evidence of thoroughness and attention to detail (S&I)


  • Understanding of aspects of space science and engineering (S&I)
  • Graduate membership of a relevant professional body (S)
  • Knowledge of Quality Management methods (S&I)
  • Experience of work environment, putting theory into practice (S&I)
  • Experience of teamwork and time management (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.

Closing Date: 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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