Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246626
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 31 August 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 - C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 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.

RAL Space Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory develops space instruments and ground-based astronomy instruments for agencies including ESA, NASA and ESO, and other commercial customers.  The Mechanical Engineering Group (MEG) within the Department requires a graduate mechanical engineer to join the team of engineers working on a number of different projects.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • design space and 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
  • generate documentation to support designs, to assist assembly and to report analysis and test results and present designs and results at project reviews
  • 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
  • supervise the mechanical aspects of assembly, integration and testing, taking a hands-on approach where appropriate
  • work in accordance with MEG and Department ISO9000 procedures
  • contribute to the production of proposals 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.

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 Criteria (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)
  • degree course(s) accredited by IMechE 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 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).


  • 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 & 2D CAD) (S)
  • relevant work experience (S).
  • 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 on going basis until our assessment centres are filled.

The closing date for this vacancy is 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.

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit: