Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC247256
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £37789 - £41988
Date Posted 02 November 2018
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789 - £41,988
Grade: Band E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 25th November 2018

About Us

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 and engineering.

STFC’s ISIS facility is the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source for research in the physical and life sciences Situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, the accelerator based facility provides research into physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology and is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.

About The Role

We now have a new opportunity for an Operations Manager within the ISIS Accelerator Division to manage the ISIS operations. This will include organising shift patterns and safety, managing work packages, supporting the development and continued maintenance of a staff training program, providing an effective interface between Crew members and other ISIS staff, and ensuring a consistent approach to the use of e-log book, databases and various other working practices.

The role will also involve reviewing the operation of new and upgraded beam lines, ensuring that new equipment information, and updates for faults are fed efficiently into the First Line Diagnosis software, and ensuring that ISIS Operating Instructions, Operations Notes, Safety Instructions and IRR99 Local Rules remain up-to-date and fit for purpose.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • liaising with the Accelerator Operations Group Leader to ensure that duties dovetail with the overall aims of machine operations
  • deputising for the Accelerator Operations Group Leader as necessary
  • keeping accelerator operations statistics up-to-date
  • management of the ISIS shift pattern for the Crew
  • management of the ISIS Operational Procedures for the Crew
  • creating the Operations Report for User Cycles
  • the role requires some ‘on call’ participation, occasional out of hours work.

About You

You will be educated to degree or post graduate level in electrical engineering or another engineering discipline, however candidates that can demonstrate significant relevant experience will also be considered.

You will be experienced in the operation of a large scale accelerator or similar facility with working knowledge of the hazards associated with a large facility, especially those arising from ionising/non-ionising radiation, high voltages/currents and magnetic fields.

You will be an experienced manager, with experience of training and developing staff. You will be willing to learn and share operational experience and technical expertise.

You will be self-motivated with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

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Organization Description

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 & Interview Criteria


  • Master's degree in electrical engineering or equivalent
  • several years’ relevant experience in the operation of an accelerator based facility, good all-round knowledge of accelerator operations
  • good knowledge of the safety hazards associated with a large scale facility and a working knowledge of its safety systems/procedures and their practical application
  • a positive and proactive approach to dealing with technical problems whilst being aware of own, and others’ limitations
  • a high level of interpersonal, management and supervisory skills and ability to communicate concisely and effectively with staff at all levels
  • experience in creating/maintaining shift rosters.


  • formal qualification in safety related subjects e.g. IOSH/NEBOSH
  • computing/programming skills
  • experience in Training/Training development
  • experience in Operational Procedures.

Special Requirements

  • be willing to attend out of standard hours on occasions to keep contact with shift teams
  • be willing to participate in an on call system if and when required to do so.

Additional Interview Criteria

  •  self-motivation and ability to motivate others.

Additional Details
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.
Limited parking subject to waiting list (Polaris House, Swindon only)

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Online applications only, please submit a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability, and ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 25th November 2018, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.  At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.