Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246720
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £26560 - £26560
Date Posted 10 September 2018
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26560
Grade: UKRI -C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 18th November 2018

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in January 2019 and will be held at Daresbury Laboratory in Warrington.

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.

STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) undertakes particle accelerator research for current and future ‘Big Science’ facilities. We work on numerous high profile projects with national and international partners, such has CERN, DESY and ESS. The vacuum solutions group within ASTeC is a small multidisciplinary team of experts focused on delivering a wide range of projects. The main function of the team is to deliver vacuum system design and build for particle accelerator projects and to carry out the necessary research & development associated with delivering world class facilities.  This includes contributing to projects such as the Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications (CLARA), the European Spallation Source (ESS), the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) upgrade and the Extreme Light Infrastructure for Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP).

The Vacuum Solutions Group provides vacuum engineering expertise in the manufacture, cleaning, heat treatment, Residual Gas Analysis, leak testing and commissioning of complex experimental equipment, along with ongoing operational support and fault finding for particle accelerators and within work packages for other departments and scientific facilities. Vacuum engineering is a fundamental part of accelerator build & operation, the vacuum support laboratory within the Engineering Technology Centre (ETC), provides complete vacuum processing capabilities and is complemented by low particulate clean rooms within the Daresbury Engineering Technology Centre.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

You will share our passion for applying programming and problem solving to science and technology. You will be excited by the challenge and looking for an opportunity to immerse yourself in a new enterprise where you can play an active and important role in delivering high quality systems and developing new systems and processes.  You will be able to work well within a multidisciplinary team as well as working independently on their own.

This role over the period of the graduate scheme is focused primarily on vacuum engineering with particular emphasis on the processing requirements of vacuum components to meet clear specifications for installation in particle accelerators; the verification of specifications, control of contaminants and meticulous recording of data as part of an ISO9001 Quality Management System.  You will spend a significant part of their time working in the Vacuum Support Laboratory located in the ETC.

Duties/Work Programme

  • work as part of a team of vacuum technicians, vacuum engineers and vacuum scientists
  • inspection of vacuum components
  • processing of vacuum components through a multistage processing system that includes some large cleaning tanks and high tech instrumentation
  • building and repairing complex vacuum instrumentation and control systems
  • testing, evaluating and reporting on new vacuum products and equipment available in the market place
  • perform and/or oversee mechanical installation, assembly, testing and commissioning of vacuum systems
  • fault finding and solving vacuum related problems in operational accelerators
  • leading a specific functional or discipline area within the vacuum solutions group
  • operation of plant and machinery as well as high-tech instruments and vacuum equipment
  • using computerised systems for data collection, recording and analysis
  • prepare technical documentation
  • preparing technical specifications for the procurement of vacuum equipment and vacuum vessels and managing procurement procedures

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.

To be assessed at Shortlisting (S), 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)
  • evidence of practical aptitude, ability to do ‘hands on’ tasks (I)
  • knowledge and experience of some or all of the following:- analytical systems; scientific instruments;  data collection and analysis. (S&I)
  • computer skills: good working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Access, Excel, Project etc.) (I)
  • excellent reasoning skills and ability (I)
  • good communication skills and team working capabilities (I)
  • open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned with a willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (I)
  • willingness to contribute to the vacuum solutions group research projects (I)
  • ability to follow processes and procedures without deviation. (S&I)
  • ability to work using own initiative, be proactive with a determination to learn new skills (I)
  • high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on achieving goals. (S&I)


  • knowledge of Ultra High Vacuum (UHV)systems, (S&I)
  • experience in using vacuum equipment. (I)
  • familiarity with mechanical engineering drawings. (I)
  • good awareness of safety issues and demonstration of safe working. (I)
  • experience in solving complex technical problems (I)
  • experience in operating mechanical equipment (S&I)
  • ability to prioritise work with competing demands working under minimum supervision. (I)
  • ability to fault-find and resolve technical problems. (S&I)
  • ability to work individually and as part of a team. (S&I)

Special requirements

  • available to travel/work within the UK and occasionally overseas, when required. (I)
  • available to work extended hours / nights/ weekends to meet specific deadlines. (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.

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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: 18th November 2018

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