Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC247383
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32977
Date Posted 06 November 2018
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357-32,997
Grade: RC- D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 26th November 2018

The Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory operates world-class, high-power laser systems for use by external researchers. To enable the experiments, the Target Fabrication Group produces sub-millimetre target assemblies for which a large number require a component that is manufactured by chemical techniques. These processes include UV polymerization and Critical Point Drying of low-density materials, spin coating of ultra-thin polymer films, electrodeposition and etching. Due to the small size of the components very high quality micro targets are extremely challenging to produce. Extensive research and development of new processes and target compositions are carried out in collaboration with university research groups. All activities are carried out under robust quality management systems and in cleanroom conditions.


  • manufacture of low-density polymer and aerogel samples (included loaded and doped samples) using a range of techniques including critical point drying and templating
  • development of new techniques and processes for low density material production relevant to the high-power laser community
  • development of processes to manufacture thin polymer films and handling procedures to enable fielding on experimental platforms
  • characterisation of produced samples using a range of techniques including X-Ray CT, SEM, AFM and the implementation of new appropriate techniques
  • engage in the design and specification process for micro-target assemblies and the subsequent delivery of components for assembly and use in high power laser systems
  • management of the Target Fabrication Chemistry Laboratory including reporting on chemical inventories and waste disposal as per the local regulations
  • advising and completing COSHH and Risk Assessments on chemical processes
  • reporting to the group and disseminating knowledge to the community through talks at conference and group meetings, writing of internal report and papers.

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) & Interview (I) criteria



  • first Degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent in Chemistry or Materials Science (S).

Knowledge and Experience


  • demonstrate experience in chemical techniques that are relevant to low density material and thin film production (S and I)
  • able to work from technical drawings and technical specifications (I)
  • ability to grasp the underlying basic science principles of user experiments (I)
  • ability to design and carry out focused research and development programs (S and I)
  • broad knowledge of chemical processes and characterisation methods (I)
  • awareness of Health, Safety and Environmental issues with respect to the laboratory environment. 


  • experience in manufacture of low-density materials (S and I)
  • demonstrate an awareness of scaling issues related to micro-target fabrication (I)
  • experience in metrology of small-scale systems (I)
  • awareness of quality control issues (I)
  • experience of working in cleanroom conditions (I).

Personal Skills 


  • meticulous attention to detail (S and I)
  • excellent manual dexterity and co-ordination (I)
  • able to fit into a multi-disciplinary team (S and I)
  • good oral and written communication skills (S and I)
  • responds positively to rapidly changing demands and able to prioritise workloads (I).

Special Requirements


  • able to work with microscopic objects and use microscopes (I)
  • able to wear cleanroom and personal protective equipment such as thin non-latex gloves and a facemask (S and I)
  • no known allergies to common solvents and adhesives (S and I).


  • availability to work outside normal hours on occasion to ensure experimental delivery (S and I).

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.

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:

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

The closing date for applications is 26th November 2018.

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