STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246539
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 04 September 2018
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £26,560
Grade: RC-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’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 see one of our videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQlxetSlMSDoZoEOG0M9G4g

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 National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) will be a world class set of co-located facilities for environmental testing of space payloads and satellites up to 7,000kg. It is to be built and operated by STFC’s RAL Space as a result of the UK Space Agency’s facilities gap study. This highlighted the need for a central facility in the UK, giving access to a comprehensive set of satellite test capabilities at a single location. The NSTF will expand and complement the existing RAL Space facilities at the heart of the Harwell Space Cluster and will be accessible to industry and academia. The NSTF will have a compliment of approximately 55 staff who will be engaged in a variety of tasks ranging from the maintenance of equipment through to the detailed planning of satellite test campaigns with the customers. The NSTF is looking to fill 3 positions, of which 2 will have a mechanical engineering focus and the other an Electronics (RF) focus.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

Mechanical Engineer (2 positions)

General duties:

  • design ground-based hardware (plus associated test equipment) from concept through to production, testing and delivery
  • produce detailed drawings for parts and assemblies
  • conduct analyses using hand calculations and FEA software as appropriate
  • work closely with external customers to develop bespoke mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE)
  • generate documentation for environmental test
  • plan and support vibration, acoustic and mass properties tests on satellites and equipment
  • prepare test reports, including post processing of test data
  • supervise the procurement of mechanical parts
  • manage the mechanical tasks to ensure the work meets the technical requirements and is completed within schedule and budget constraints
  • work in accordance with ETD and Department ISO9000 procedures
  • contribute to the production of proposals for environmental testing of space hardware with conceptual CAD models, analyses, cost, mass and schedule estimates
  • as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer you will be enrolled on the IMechE MPDS, with the aim of achieving C.Eng. status.  You will be given technical and non-technical training appropriate to your previous experience, the requirements of the work and of the MPDS.

Electronics (RF) Engineer (1 Position)

  • maintaining and developing the EMC facility and antenna test range to meet the demands of customers
  • review and evaluate the initial EMC and antenna measurement customer requirements to ensure they can be satisfied using the NSTF facility
  • identify any additional support equipment  (MGSE or test equipment) required for the EMC or antenna measurement tests
  • develop test procedures for EMC and antenna measurement tests based on customer requirements and industry standards
  • support customer led test readiness reviews and results reviews as required
  • perform EMC measurements on satellite and equipment in accordance with MIL-STD-461 and ECSS-E-ST-20-07C
  • perform Antenna measurements in accordance with customer specific requirements
  • support customer during EMC test non-compliance investigations
  • support customer during satellite end-to end and PIM testing
  • prepare test reports, including post processing of test data
  • continuously maintain the calibration certification for all NSTF test equipment
  • work in accordance with ETD and Department ISO9000 procedures
  • contribute to the production of proposals for EMC and antenna measurement testing of space hardware with analyses, cost, and schedule estimates.

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 www.ukri.org.

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

Mechanical Engineer

Essential:         

  • 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)
  • degree course(s) accredited by IMechE as acceptable for C.Eng. status (M.Eng., or B.Eng. + relevant further studyunderway/completed before 2019) (S
  • A-level (or equivalent) Mathematics and Physics at Grade C or above (S)
  • project work which includes mechanical design and analysis (S&I)
  • understanding of mechanical engineering principles (I)
  • ability to analyse and solve problems (S&I)
  • knowledge of 2D drawing standards (I)
  • good communicator, written and oral (in English) (S&I)
  • interest in working for RAL Space (S&I).

Desirable:

  • degree includes aspects of space, vacuum or cryogenic engineering (S&I)
  • practical experience of manufacturing techniques (S)
  • production of hardware (S)
  • use of software tools (FEA, 3D & 2DCAD) (S)
  • relevant work experience (S).

Electronics Engineer (with RF)

Essential:         

  • 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)
  • degree course(s) accredited by IET as acceptable for C.Eng. status (M.Eng., or B.Eng. + relevant further study underway/completed before 2019) (S)
  • A-level (or equivalent) Mathematics and Physics at Grade C or above (S)
  • project work which includes RF design and analysis (S&I)
  • understanding of RF engineering principles (I)
  • ability to analyse and solve problems (S&I)
  • knowledge of EMC testing standards (I)
  • good communicator, written and oral (in English) (S&I)
  • interest in working for RAL Space (S&I).

Desirable:

  • degree includes aspects of Satellite communication, RF engineering and EMC
  • practical experience of EMC test and/or antenna pattern measurements (S)
  • production of hardware (S)
  • use of software tools (RF simulation tools, 3D & 2D CAD) (S)
  • relevant work experience (S)

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.

  • 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.

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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.

The closing date for applications is 28th of October 2018.

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