Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246677
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
Grade: RC-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
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.

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.

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.

The primary focus of the RAL Space Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is to develop space instruments and ground-based astronomy instruments for agencies including ESA, NASA, UKSA and ESO, and other commercial customers.  A secondary focus is to support agencies and customers in the testing and calibration of space instruments.

The Systems Engineering Group within the Department requires a graduate Systems engineer to join the team of engineers working on a number of different projects. It is expected that the Systems Engineer will be involved in a number of different  stages in the project lifecycle.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • support the conceptual design phase of the development of space programmes in conducting feasibility and trade-off analyses
  • requirements management: specification, assignment and verification
  • design space systems (including both hardware and software elements)
  • test and qualification of space systems
  • technology development of novel hardware and software to support RAL Space’s programme development of spacecraft instrumentation.

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, the requirements of the work.

The position requires the engineer to play a key role in project teams, exchanging information and documenting designs; with the aptitude to lead a technical team.  Designs will be presented to customers and external panels at design reviews and the Systems Engineer is expected to play an integral part to the technical discussions during these reviews.

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 Physics or relevant Engineering discipline 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)


  • degree includes aspects of Systems Engineering, space and/or astronomy (S)
  • A-level (or equivalent) in Mathematics and Physics at Grade A (S)
  • student (or Graduate) member of IMechE,IET, RAeS, IOP or other relevant professional body (S)
  • work experience, including Internship, in Engineering role (S).

Knowledge and Experience


  • demonstrated ability to solve complex problems in a team environment (I)
  • understands the factors influencing design and has experience in performing feasibility assessments and trade off studies (I)
  • evidence of technical writing skills  (S&I)
  • presentation skills  (I)
  • experience in engineering/physics design and analysis software (3D CAD, FEM, Optics design, electronics simulation etc.) (S&I)
  • experience with common office software tools (word processor, spreadsheet, e-mail, etc.) (S&I)


  • practical design and analysis experience  (I&S)
  • knowledge of space technology (I)
  • experience in schedule and budget management (S&I)
  • computer programming experience (S&I)
  • experience with Microsoft Office software (S&I)
  • practical hardware assembly experience (S&I)
  • practical test experience, both planning and execution (S&I)
  • experience in requirements identification and system specification (S&I).

Personal skills/qualities


  • good communicator, technical and non-technical, written and oral (in English) (I)
  • good team worker, able to work independently when needed but able to ask for help when appropriate (I)
  • ability to persuade and influence others (I)
  • demonstrated time management skills, able to work on multiple projects simultaneously (I)
  • attention to detail (S & I).


  • interest in and enthusiasm for space and astronomy activities  (I)
  • leadership potential (I)
  • engineering related hobby (S&I).

Special Requirements


  • able to travel to sites other than RAL, including overnight absences abroad (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 ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Closing Date: 18th November 2018

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